Before the helmets, before the pyramid, before all the rumors and fame, there were just two frenchmen. Called “the new wave of the new wave” back in 1995, the duo had begun making a name for themselves after the unprecedented success of Da Funk and Alive. Here we give you two old and rare videos that bring to light some perhaps lesser known moments of the frenchmen’s career. With all the new fans it is important to share the first breakthrough moments that allowed Daft Punk to become what it is today. The first video is one of Daft Punk’s very first show in the United States, in the small city of Gotham in Wisconsin back in 1996. While we could find little information on the event (The New York Times actually wrote a very comprehensive piece on the even that you can read here)  the video showcases Thomas Bangalter prominently, performing a disco heavy set at the locale. The second video is a rare 1995 interview, where you can see the two artist unmasked and discussing in their native language their newfound fame. Enjoy!

Update: The comments on this article (both on Facebook and this site) are the perfect example of what’s wrong with music fan-circles. If you’ve seen something, it doesn’t necessarily mean everyone else has, so there is no need to badger others for only now becoming fans of the duo. You claim to be old-school ravers, you claim to be Daft Punk’s biggest fans, so instead of criticizing others for their lack of knowledge you should focus on teaching them and showing informative videos like the ones below. New fans of the Frenchmen will thank you for it, instead of fearing your harsh words and negativity for their lack of knowledge. Being first doesn’t mean you’re better, being first means you have the responsibility to show and teach others.