“We are pleased to introduce two French blokes.”

In the early morning hours of March 2 1997, Pete Tong introduced Daft Punk for their first BBC Essential Mix. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were only a few weeks fresh from their debut Homework and by the end of the year they were already stars.

In addition to classics of their own, the mix included everything from Roy Davis Jr. to I:Cube to Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ to Ween’s ‘Freedom Of ’76’. Two decades later it’s still a wild ride.

Revisit the mix and find the tracklist below.


01. Daft Punk – ‘Wdpk Essential Intro’
02. Paul Johnson – ‘Summer Heat’
03. Armand Van Helden – ‘Funk Phenomena (Dope Mix)’
04. Czr – ‘Chicago Southside’
05. Unknown – ‘Git Down Saturday’
06. Remix Delux #1 – ‘Dee’s Knots’
07. Parris Mitchell – ‘Ghetto Shout Out’
08. Daft Punk – ‘Teachers’
09. Martin Luther King – ‘I Have A Dream’
10. The Godson EP – ‘Drum Patterns & Memories’
11. Jammin Gerald – ‘Get The Ho ’94’
12. Dj Attack – ‘Da Way U Work’
13. Thomas Bangalter – ‘Spinal Beats’
14. Thomas Bangalter – ‘Spinal Scratch’
15. Tha West Siders – ‘Waxscratch Trax’
16. Fantom – ‘Faithfull (Prassay Mix)’
17. Fantom – ‘Faithfull (Original Mix)’
18. Fantom – ‘Faithfull (Da Cracy Mix)’
19. I:cube – ‘Disco Cubizm (Daft Punk Mix)’
20. Daft Punk – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’
21. Dj Hyperactive – ‘Chicago’
22. Daft Punk – ‘Oh Yeah’
23. Cajmere – ‘Only 4 U’
24. Trankilou – ‘Champagne’
25. Unknown – ‘And Da Beat Goes On’
26. Dj Funk & Gerald – ‘Hold Up’
27. Ween – ‘Freedom Of ’76’
28. Zdar + Boombass – ‘Foxy Lady’
29. Gusto – ‘Disco’s Revenge’
30. Dj Deeon – ‘Deeon Doez Disco’
31. Sweet – ‘Somebody’s Watching’
32. Da Mongoloids – ‘Spark Da Meth’
33. Roller Rink 2000 – ‘Shining’
34. Roy Davis Jr. – ‘Gabrielle’
35. Robert J. Hairston – ‘Preacher Man’
36. Daft Punk – ‘Around The World (Motorbass Mix)’
37. Kenny Dixon Jr. – ‘U Can Dance If You Want 2’

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