Daft Punk mark 25th anniversary of ‘Homework’ with modified reissue, stream helmetless 1997 show in LA
At exactly 2:22 p.m. PT, or 22:22 GMT, on February 22, 2022, Daft Punk returned momentarily to break the Internet, as per usual, leaving music fans the world over collectively mystified by the pair’s sudden return. Less surprising than anything else is how the French visionaries immediately disappeared once again, back into radio-silent “retirement” after delivering a flurry of announcements, capped by a one-time-only stream of their hallowed helmet-less 1997 performance at Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater via Twitch. For Daft Punk evangelists, cups runneth over with news of Homework‘s deluxe reissue, featuring a batch of previously buried remixes, and a flash back to one of dance music history’s most seminal moments, the writing seems to have been on the wall since last year’s now evidently calculated breakup announcement. In quintessential Daft Punk fashion, this was all set in motion a year ago, most of us just couldn’t see it at the time.
The performance at the Mayan in 1997 came before Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo donned their famed helmets, at the end of Daft Punk’s first tour, Daftendirektour. Now, a quarter century later, in celebration of the group’s debut studio album, and the tour that spawned their first live album, Alive 1997, Homework‘s 25th anniversary edition will feature 15 remixes, nine of which have yet to ever reach digital streaming platforms. Vinyls of both LPs will hit shelves on April 15, with preorders now available on Daft Punk’s website.
Also of note—the website features a new email capture, which of course could be a standard marketing tool. Though, for a group supposedly disbanded, perhaps coincidentally reissuing two of their most groundbreaking records as Coachella kicks off later this spring, something tells us this isn’t the last we’ve seen of dance music’s most esteemed duo. Stay tuned, and stream Daft Punk’s 25th anniversary edition of Homework below.