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Daft Punk

This document of Daft Punk’s current live show — the one with the enormous pyramid that caused every blogger in the universe to lose his or her shit — doesn’t replicate the experience of seeing the show. With its lack of dance floor, night sky, and thousands of fellow revelers, how could it? (Perhaps figuring out how to squeeze those elements onto a CD is the record industry’s best bet for survival. Just a thought.) What Alive 2007 does replicate — what it improves on, in fact — is the best-of compilation, that increasingly-irrelevant-in-the-Age-of-the-Internet contract fulfiller. Here you get an hour’s worth of top-notch disco-house jams crammed together into a non-stop megamix that emphasizes both the duo’s tune sense and their body-rocking beatcraft. (Proceed directly to the delirious mash-up of “One More Time” and “Aerodynamic” for the set’s high point.) Best of all, the noise of the crowd increases the music’s power: when a huge cheer goes up in recognition of “Around the World,” it’s tempting to join in at home.

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French tickler

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Socks appeal

Drag kings flip the script on gender impersonation. We go undercover to get to the meat of the matter.
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Winning losers

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Boys Noize

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Daft Punk

Alive 2007 | Virgin
When a huge cheer goes up in recognition of “Around the World,” it’s tempting to join in at home.
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The live rap album

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Happy endings

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Simian Mobile Disco

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Reaching climax

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