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14 April 2022

Daft Punk Share Original ‘Around The World’ Video Storyboards

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Maud Bernos 2007
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Daft Punk have shared a video detailing the storyboards for the hugely successful video for 1997’s Around The World. The clip – which has appeared on the duo’s official YouTube channel – was originally released as an extra on the 1997 DVD, DAFT.

The original clip was directed by Michel Gondry, who would later direct feature films including Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind, The Science Of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind. As well as Daft Punk, Gondry has also directed music videos for Massive Attack, Björk, Radiohead, The White Stripes, Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Kylie Minogue and many more. Around The World appeared on Daft Punk’s massively influential 1997 debut album Homework.

The French electronic act have been in the news of late thanks to vinyl reissues of Homework and the live album, Alive 1997, both out tomorrow (15 April) and available to order here.

Back in February, they released a deluxe digital edition of Homework, which features 15 remixes from the original album, nine of which have never been shared on digital streaming platforms before. Remixers include Masters At Work, DJ Sneak, Todd Terry, Motorbass, Slam, Ian Pooley, I:Cube, Roger Sanchez and Junior Sanchez. Listen below.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Nile Rodgers revealed in an interview how Daft Punk pitched the collaboration that would result in the global smash hit, Get Lucky, “”They wanted to do a record as if the Internet never existed.”

Rodgers was receptive to the bold idea but when when Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter immediately tried to follow up their pitch by playing Rodgers some demos, he declined.

“I don’t want to hear demos. I make records on the spot,” Rodgers said of his approach at the time. “As a studio musician I make records on the spot. I don’t know what song I’m going to play before I get there, but when I get there what I try and do is try and come up with the most clever part as quickly as possible.” That methodology led to Get Lucky and the rest is history.

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