Stardust (band)  

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Stardust was a one-time musical collaborative effort consisting of producers Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe and vocalist Benjamin Diamond.


The short-lived group released the immensely popular club track titled "Music Sounds Better with You" in 1998. The song, which is based around a sample from "Fate" by Chaka Khan, was an instant smash, and many have dubbed it the greatest house song of the millennium. It was recorded in Paris by Daft House productions, of which Bangalter, one half of the popular French house duo Daft Punk, is head. The song was conceived in Rex Club, Paris, where the trio were playing a live set. Bangalter and Braxe created the instrumental, which Diamond instinctively sang the title words over. The next day they laid down the track in the studio, adding the Chaka Khan sample.

Though Bangalter was offered three million dollars to produce a Stardust album, the three members of the band parted ways after their highly auspicious debut. Diamond and Braxe pursued solo careers, and Bangalter, along with his usual partner Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, went on to release the second Daft Punk album, Discovery.

The song "Music Sounds Better with You" lacked its own music video for several months after its release. This was taken to advantage by British music series The Chart Show that had received requests to show old graphics before the show ended in August 1998. They used the fact this song had no video to create a compilation of old graphics, backed by the song. Eventually a proper video was made, directed by the acclaimed Michel Gondry.

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