French pair celebrate release of new LP in Wee Waa, Australia
Daft Punk celebrated the launch of their new album ‘Random Access Memories’ in the Australian town of Wee Waa – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.
The French duo’s decision to mark the release of their new LP in a little known, far-flung town Down Under may have been a surprise when details of the event were announced back in April. But despite having a population of only 1,653 people, they sold 4,000 tickets to the official playback of the record.
Gigwise reports that while the band themselves decided not to attend the event, the townsfolk paid tribute to them by having the local butchers knock up Daft Punk sausages, while the town’s bakery offered Punk Pies and Techno Treats. Fans also donned cardboard Daft Punk masks in honour of the band.
Daft Punk release ‘Random Access Memories’ on May 20, but the album is currently streaming via iTunes. The LP features collaborations with the likes of Julian Casablancas, Chilly Gonzales and Giorgio Moroder and also includes the single ‘Get Lucky’ with Pharrell Williams, which held its place at Number One in the Official UK Singles Chart this weekend after passing 100,000 sales per week for the third week in a row.
Yesterday (May 16), meanwhile, 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’s effort.