So this video’s been on the internet for a while now, but in anticipation of Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories, we thought we’d throw up this old VHS recording of Thomas Bangalter from 1996, playing some proto Daft Punk at a rave — their very first American show.
The footage was shot at a festival in Wisconsin called Even Furthur [sic], held Memorial Day weekend at place called Eagle Cave just about an hour-and-a-half west of Madison. The annual festival was one of the premiere rave fests in the ’90s, promoted by the Milwaukee-based production company Drop Bass Networks. Previous years, the fest was held in clandestine warehouses that were de rigueur of the ’90s rave scene, but 1996 marked the first official sanctioned event for Even Furthur. The fest spanned three days with over 4,000 people in attendance.
The New York Times ran a feature on the 1996 Even Furthur fest, citing performances from Frankie Bones, Scott Hardkiss, Mixmaster Morris to Daft Punk (below) to the band Low. The article also cited festival-goers wearing “baggy pants, small backpacks, oversize logo-emblazoned T-shirts, floppy hats or baseball caps and pacifiers or lollipops,” of course.
There’s also apparently a high fedelity recording from the show, posted to SoundCloud (via Electro-Blog.com)