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Last night’s Dim Mak Tuesdays at Los Angeles’s Cinespace started off as a clusterfuck of Ed Bangers (SebastiAn, SoMe, Gaspard from Justice, etc.) celebrating Busy P’s birthday. Then Thomas Bangalter surprised the crowd by jumping on the decks, and everybody jizzed in their pants. Twitter lost its mind, obvs. The three song set saw the human after all DJ spin Daft Punk’s “Rollin’ & Scratchin’,” DJ Mehdi’s “Signatune” (on which he featured in the first place), and … Prince’s “Raspberry Beret.” Videos of people losing it this way:


Pretty sure Prince himself would blush if he received these bows on the first notes of “Raspberry Beret.”

[Photo via ClubSoda.fm.]

Comments (61)
  1. coolkidofdeath  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    3 songs is a set?

  2. A Map of the Chelsea Leaf  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    SAUSAGE FEST.
    Also, playing songs you write and perform is a set.
    Sorry DJs. No respect for your “art” from me.

    • dave  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 -1

      I think I am speaking for most DJs when I say we feel the same way about your “art”… or more broadly, anybody who jerks off in to their own navel.

  3. John  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    Please put helmet back on! So destroyed that he looks like any other Dim Mak Douche.

  4. ^ Tough crowd!

  5. yussel  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    how many French DJs does it take to mix a Daft Punk record?

  6. john and chelsea suck  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    fucking thomas bangalter!!! so epic…anyone saying it is lame (comments above me) is a lame ass loser who must of never heard of daft punk.

  7. guess he’s human after all

  8. So is Thomas Bangalter the short haired sleeveless guy who needed ear plugs and turned the volume knob at the 2:23 mark of Raspberry Beret, or is he the blue shirted long haired guy with the backpack who turned volume knobs for the rest of the song?

  9. Bruce Cockbu-n  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    that’s not him. where’s the helmet.. ? man on the moon my ass.

  10. Carles is pissed.

  11. Skinnier, Balder, Older than I thought he would look

    • johanya5  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

      precisely why they wear helmets in the 1st place, cause you shouldn’t care what they look like.

  12. toyota lexicon  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    so commenters, apparently birthday parties require ultra-refined artistic musical expressionism, rather than a couple of bros paartying and having a good time… i see

    • johanya5  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

      precisely why they wear helmets in the 1st place, because you shouldnt care what they look like.

  13. Why does the backpacked dude lick the mixer at 4:30 of Raspberry Beret?

    And what is the name of the small mammal that’s attached to his forehead afterwards? I’m guessing it survives on a diet of neon and sweat. Also, if that’s its natural habitat, its species apparently has a terrible male:female ratio.

  14. AOA  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    Scoff all you want, Daft Punk is the best live show I’ve ever seen. Hands down, no contest. And I’ve seen a lot of shows.

  15. It’s a trick. Thomas Bangalter has no face.

  16. digital diva  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    Wow he is losing his hair! I miss that curly little fro of his. I’m such an old hag- last time I saw him dj was almost ten years ago. It was in Miami. Also seeing them at Hammerstein ballroom in the 90s in NYC- LMAO. Well it’s nice to see them get hipster love. What about Cassius? Are the hipsters on to them? I used to be really into the Paris hype scene wayyyyyyy back before dj aoki it’s cute they all follow this scene now that’s it’s not considered innovative anymore.

  17. You cannot come across any picture of some sort of indie/rock/music star on this site without numerous douche bags scoffing at some guys skinniness, ugliness, baldness, etc. shut the fuck up….its about the music, guys. the music. and that dudes made some good fucking music with Daft Punk..

  18. Yeah, okay. This captures everything I hate about DJ culture. But I probably still would have lost my shit if I had been there.

  19. Solveig  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    I have to disagree with all those dj critiques. I generally tell people I am not a musician. On saturday I was asked how long I have been making music, I was very much confused as it has been years since I stopped, then the question was specified and i was asked since when I had been dj’ing. For bands being a dj makes you a musician. It is hard for some people to get the dj magic across. It is an art as you have to know what you are doing, after all there are a lot of people that cannot dj out there…

  20. Aerodynamiccc  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    HAHAHAH the lack of knowledge at least half of the other commentators have about DJing is so disappointing. FUCK whoever said DJs aren’t artists. FAIL. I would light someone on fire to have been there and see Bangalter DJ.

  21. ugh  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    ugh why did that dbag make the videos private

  22. le  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    fggt made the vids private.

  23. EAB  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    According to the posters YouTube page, this is why he made the videos private:

    “SORRY DUDES…I GOT WORD FROM THE DAFT PUNK DUDES…I TOOK THEM DOWN…B/C THEY ASKED ME NICELY…AND I’D DO ANYTHING FOR THEM =)

    YOU HAD TO HAVE BEEN AT CINESPACE I GUESS =)?”

  24. bomber  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    dudes and sluts…. I can’t watch the videos… searched in youtube and they are private… what do I doooo….?

  25. digital diva  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    too bad dj aoki didnt invite thomas bangalter+dj falcon ( TOGETHER) +cassius to los angeles during their “TOGETHER tour” back in ’02 …. unfortunately thomas didn’t make the gig @ centrofly (rip) in NYC due to ear problems .. I do believe he made it to the Boston, Montreal, and Chicago gigs. I have enjoyed ALL daft crew gigs …but as bitchy as I sound sorry, the videos just make me chuckle. all the commotion in the background ” OMIIIGAAAWWWD..” Its crazy to think about DP’s HOMEWORK 12 years ago…better late than never I suppose.

    • Nick  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

      We get it. You were into Daft Punk when you were younger, before any of these dastardly kids were out of diapers.

      You’re the coolest old person ever!

      Now here’s your medal.

    • Justin  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2009 0

      … I was the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids… I played it at CBGBs… Everyone thought it was crazy… I WAS THERE!

  26. Digital Diva  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2009 0

    Too bad DJ Aoki didnt invite thomas bangalter + DJ falcon ( TOGETHER) + Cassius to Los Angeles during the TOGETHER tour in ’02 !!!! Unfortunately Thomas didnt make the gig in NYC @ centrofly ( rip) due to ear problems . I believe he did make it to Montreal, Chicago and Boston …. I have enjoyed all daft crew gigs i have seen, its just lame to see people picking up on it so late…better late than never i suppose.

  27. stress  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    the guy with the long hair with the backpack is of course BUSY P!!

  28. KM  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    What’s with all the hate? DJs can’t be artists? Yeah, because Creed and Nickleback are FUCKING ARTISTS. I’m not a DJ but try it sometime and it will be like you are playing the saxophone for the first time–fucking garbage.

  29. Where have the vids gone?

  30. andrew  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    Dear Stereogum, please host your own videos. How you ask? http://keepvid.com/

    kthxbye

  31. with that many people around him i not surprised he only played 3 tracks – it’d well piss me off

  32. Burg   |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    In know you all have been anxiously waiting for me to weigh in here

    Musicians = Furniture builders
    DJ’s = Interior decorators

    Same medium , different functions, both artists. Both have the capacity for great or crap art.

    Take a long walk outside if you are still pissed off…..hopefully it’s raining

  33. jim  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    i was the first one to play daft punk for the rock kids.

  34. RC  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    When did letting every douchebag fan around to oggle around like lame rock groupies become “Hip”- I mean seriously is this what it’s coming to………FUCK!

    • TD  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

      I thought that was typical at DJ sets. People who can’t dance crowd around and stare as though the DJ might do something besides hunch over the turntable. If the gawkers are lucky, they’ll see some head-bopping or a power gesture during a climactic moment.

  35. How can all of you you disrespect the godfather of French House like that? He did a 3 song DJ set for the price of nothing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_4GPAUPWbM

  36. seen him before and he is as good as advertised… i must agree aerodynamic.. people dont know SHIT!!!

  37. Heady P  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    I WAS THERE CHILDREN. I CAME ALL THE WAY FROM OKLAHOMA FOR THIS… I WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO GLEEFULLY RECOGNIZED THOMAS AND GUY-MAN HANGING AROUND BEFORE THE PARTY. THE NIGHT WAS ABOU A GROUP OF FRIENDS CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF BUSY P. EACH MAN PLAYED 3-4 TRACKS. THEN THOMAS REMIXED & RE-EDITED ONE OF HIS EARLIEST BANGERS(ROLLIN N’ SCRATCHIN’) WITH HIS LATEST BANGER(SIGNATUNE(BANGALTER RE EDIT)). HE IS THE CO-COMPOSER OF BOTH TRACKS! TO WHICH HE ADDED RASPBERRY BERET FOR THE LOVE OF HIS PAST WITH PEDRO, I GUESS. THIS WAS A PARTY NOT A SHOW, AND I WISH THOSE KIDS WOULD HAVE STEPPED DOWN FROM THE FRONT OF THE STAGE SO I COULD SEE THOSE FLYING FINGERS!!! THESE GUYS HAVE HEART! ALL OF THEM! SORRY YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT.

  38. oliwool  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2009 0

    most fun I’ve had in AGES!! not sure how any of you non-appreciators can possibly think you have room to speak on this subject, after all, what the hell were you doing on Tuesday night? wanking to a sitcom? bravo.

  39. christle  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2009 0

    what earphone is he using?

  40. Vapid Airhead Cleaner  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2009 0

    DJ’s arent musicians comments aside, anyone who says TB cant DJ clearly hasnt heard Alive 1997. It is 10 times better than 2007 and it didnt even have a lightshow.

  41. @christle they are Ed Banger Headphones
    http://www.coolcats.fr/goodies/ed-banger-x-wesc.html

  42. Josh  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2009 0

    Reading these comments, it has because apparent that none of your readership know who Busy P aka Pedro Winter aka Mr. Ed Banger himself, is.

  43. Twitter has revealed all things horrible about the hipster movement.

  44. john doe  |   Posted on Apr 25th, 2009 0

    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’ve just came across this discussion and being truly sickened by some of you, I’ve decided it’ll be a good idea to throw some salt into the open bleeding wound.

    An average dj buys produced tracks for money on vinyl or in digital from beatport or wherever else (ready, mastered material that somebody else has created), beatmatches them (or theese days the software does it for him) and fades between them using 2 level faders, a crossfader and two 3-band eqs. It’s as simple as blowing a fart and anyone that isn’t rythmically crippled can learn how to beatmatch in couple of weeks of intense practicing, most often faster than that. Anyway, having this magnificient skill is enough to achieve the following: take all perceptual credit for the recording being plaied (’cause he “spinned it”, and most people believe it has to do with some remarkable sorcery), shitloads of splendor (it’s usually a solo performance, one person show), women’s interest, free drugs and alcahol, VIP treatment, and a lot money if you happen to be in the right place at the right time. It also lets him/her be called AN ARTIST in various media, tagged as such on festival ID’s next to bandmembers that actually do create something, and generally have a fucking blast.

    I’m a composer and a sound engineer and I’ve been a professional acclaimed dj for most of my adult life, snorting coke for free, sleeping with women way too beautifull for my capabilities and being more than aware how rotten and fake it is all the time, as well as of the fact that it’s all a tool, serving as the foundation of something everyone in his/her early 20′s would call a KICK ASS LIFE.

    If anyone thinks that dj’ing is a form of art, it can only be caused by the following:

    a) one is a dj himself and enjoys all this shit around him way too much (as I have myself actually) to accept anyone trying to point out that the king is actually naked. This leads creation of some kind of magical aura and never-to-be-disclosed techniques of handling those 6 knobs and 3 faders etc. and all this crap you read in interviews about “dj skills” which being close to none are already enough to perform live in front of hundreads of people.
    b) has never plaied an instrument, nor made any attempts of creating any music, and has no clue how it’s being done and what kind of complexity and commitment is involved in the process. There are the kind of people you’d expect a question : “how would you compare dj’ing and producing” from.
    c) didn’t have a clue what a dj is actually doing behind the decks… ’till now :)
    I’m no native speaker so please forgive my grammar.
    Have a nice day.

    John

    • John Doe's Mommy  |   Posted on Apr 26th, 2009 0

      John Doe, your coke habit has turned you into a dick. If you are so acclaimed and proud of your opinion, why comment anonymously? Everyone who is anyone as a DJ is there because they PRODUCE! Even the douchey guys (Tiesto, Oakenfold, John Doe, etc.) book gigs because they have a hand in production! I thought DJing was supposed to be a way for someone to program music dynamically. You talk like you hate the very thing you claim to know so well. You must be over 30 and, therefore, untrustworthy. It’s 2009, spellcheck is real…

    • jean olerich  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

      The fact is to be a good dj, you have to have great taste in music. How do you think guys like daft punk and all the great house musicians make sick tracks. They recognize when a disco or funk track can sound great as a house or dance song. Also, it takes a great ear and lots of originality to find what could become a good sample, so its not like any joe can pick up some turn tables and a computer and be daft punk.

    • jean olerich  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

      Both of the daft punk guys play instruments and guy manuel uses them in studio to make tracks.

  45. dan woods  |   Posted on Apr 26th, 2009 0

    This generation is the biggest bunch of baby whining bitches this planet has seen to date. Why is there so much whining about this sucks and that sucks. You’re all haters and can’t stand it when someone else actually does something worthwhile- grow up babies and haters, it’s fucking ridiculous, seriously.

  46. Ed Banger Records and Daft Punk are revolutionary. Around the time of Daft Punk being managed by Busy P was the golden ages of house music, around the time of Cassius, Stardust, Le Knight Club, Paul Johnson, etc… Busy P manages Ed Banger Records, which has been around for many years and he brings new innovative, original, and talented producers with many different musical backgrounds, like hip-hop influenced DJ Mehdi, heavy, distorted influenced SebastiAn, disco-funk influenced Justice, and more….

    Just because there are no live instruments being used in performances, it doesn’t mean that they’re not musicians. Instead of playing live, they use software to create abstract sounds to emulate a certain style of music, and believe it or not, that takes a long time. If that’s not music, then you can call me a fool.

    Also, judging someone like Thomas by his “real” appearance is just dumb. Enjoy Daft Punk for the music, not for their real identity. If you don’t like it, too bad… Don’t think twice of the music because of his appearance…

    That’s all I gotta say.

  47. o wait it is too late  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 0

    EVERYONE, GO OUTSIDE AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE. HURRY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

  48. knarf909  |   Posted on Apr 28th, 2009 0

    sad how nobody realizes who he is.
    lol guess sidekicks and iphones were not fast enough during the 3 song set
    to find pictures of him.

    tron 2 soundtrack should be sveet.
    cs-80′s!

    -knarf is frank backwords

  49. mighty undies  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2009 0

    SET THEM UP!

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