Ever wondered what Daft Punk looked like before they morphed into chart-conquering robots? Well, thanks to Daft Bootlegs, a fan site dedicated to pulling together a comprehensive audio, visual and written history of the French duo, you can: dating back to their early live shows over here in the UK, the site offers a rare insight into photographs of Daft Punk before they became completely and utterly famous and redefined dance music as we know it.
So we begin the unmasking process by taking off those famous helmets to reveal... well, more masks. It seems that, even in early press shots, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were very keen on obscuring their facial identity from the public.
Ah, the masks are coming off - let's get a good look at the pair of you... oh, come on lads, get your hands away from your faces!
There they are! Another mid-'90s shot of the two Daft Punkers, way before the days of collaborating with the likes of Kanye, Pharrell and, er, Paul Williams.
Here are Thomas and Guy-Man, larking behind a window. Musical geniuses, the both of them - honest.
Here's a black-and-white newspaper shot of the duo celebrating signing their first record contract. Again, could they ever imagine that over 20 years later they'd be very publicly signing another contract with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Deadmau5?
Here's an archive shot of the duo performing in June 1996 at Tribal Gathering, a now-defunct dance music festival. That year's edition took place at Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, and attracted over 30,000 revellers with a bill that also included Leftfield, The Chemical Brothers, Black Grape, and Goldie.
That's not quite how you shave, lads. Or perhaps this is where Noel Fielding got his idea for The Moon in The Mighty Boosh?
This elderly French gentleman wasn't particularly elated at being picture next to the genre-defining dance duo.
French high society magazine Point de Vue appears to be the reading material of choice for the boys here.
Although, at this point, maybe they should just ditch the masks?
Actually, judging by the amphibious nature of this shot, we prefer the masks.
Phew, we're back in the live arena - in the UK, to be precise. This is Daft Bootleg's earliest photograph of the duo, dating all the way back to 1995 - a full two years prior to their album debut, 'Homework'.
There's a strong chance that Thomas regrets this choice of hair colour today.
A wet and muddy Wisconsin playground was the setting for Daft Punk's first American show back in 1996 - their legendary slot at Even Furthur festival has since gone down in dance music legend.
Thankfully, a photographer was there to capture this seismic moment in live dance music history - apparently, very few people in North America would have been aware of Daft Punk at this point, hence why they were only second on the bill.
If you're pictured in the background of this shot, do get in touch.
Here's another still from their debut Tribal Gathering set - so young, so innocent.
Here's the duo performing at Glasgow's Arches in January 1997 - where's Guy-Man's hair gone?!
Two days prior to that Glasgow date, Daft Punk played at the now permanently-closed The End Club in west London.
The pair returned to Tribal Gathering in 1997, and, judging by their muddy boots, it was a bit of a boggy affair.
Southampton's Guidhall was entertained by the silhouetted figures of Daft Punk back in October 1997.
An-Fer club in Dijon, France played host to a homecoming gig of sorts for Daft Punk in November 1997 - Guy-Man had clearly made peace with his buzz cut by this point.
Le Queen Club in Paris was a favoured haunt of Daft Punk circa 1997, playing many a 'Respect Party' at the club.
By 1998, the masks were starting to become Daft Punk's thing - here they are behind the decks at San Francisco's fantastically-named Funky Tekno Tribe.
And we close with this shot from the 1998 Winter Music Conference - Guy-Man predicting Fred Durst's look a full two years before Limp Bizkit found an unlikely route to fame and fortune.