Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter: ‘A guy once ran up a huge bar bill posing as me’

Dance pioneers still say they want to remain anonymous though

Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter has revealed how the band’s anonymity once backfired when a man ran up a huge bar tab in Ibiza.

The dance duo’s robot alter-egos have often helped them to keep their identities masked since they first surfaced with their 1997 debut album ‘Homework’. But Bangalter revealed that, on a couple of occasions, their anonymity has worked against them. “One thing I like about the masks is that I don’t have people constantly coming up to me and reminding me what I do,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s nice to be able to forget, but there are occasional downsides. Several years ago in Ibiza some guy ran up exorbitant bar tabs at clubs while claiming to be me.”

The pair previously revealed that their anonymity resulted in touts trying to sell them tickets to their own show at the now defunct London Astoria in 1997.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed Daft Punk’s Number One hit ‘Get Lucky’ has become the second biggest-selling UK single of the year. After surpassing the 500,000 sales mark last week, the track, which features Pharrell Williams and Chic’s Nile Rodgers, has added a further 114,000 copies sold to take the figure to 606,000. The song is now just 19,000 copies behind this year’s biggest seller, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thriftshop’.

Last week, it was reported that Daft Punk are predicted to break Oasis’ record for the fastest-selling album in UK chart history. The Britpop band’s 1997 LP ‘Be Here Now’ sold 650,000 in its first week of sales, but ‘Random Access Memories’ has already scored the highest number of pre-sales for any dance album ever on Amazon and bookies Paddy Power are giving 4/5 odds on the record outselling Oasis.