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Stardust was a one-time band consisting of Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe and Benjamin Diamond.


The band released its first (and only) song in 1998, titled "Music Sounds Better with You" which suddenly became popular. The song samples "Fate" by Chaka Chan.[1]

It was recorded in Paris at the Daft House Production studio, where Bangalter was based at the time. The song was conceived at the Rex Club in Paris, where the trio was playing a live set. Both Bangalter and Braxe made the melodies, while Diamond sang vocals. The next day the Chaka Khan sample was added in the studio.

The song reached #2 in the United Kingdom[2] and spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart[1] in the United States in August and October 1998 respectively.

"Music Sounds Better With You" was licensed by Virgin records, alongside another Thomas Bangalter co-production, Bob Sinclair's "Gym Tonic". Both songs were massive hits of the summer and Virgin offered Bangalter 3 million dollars to produce a full Stardust LP,[3] but Bangalter declined and he, Braxe and Diamond have not worked together since. Diamond and Braxe resumed their ongoing solo careers, and Bangalter, along with his partner Guy-Manuel, released their second studio album Discovery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 244.
  2. UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  3. http://www.billboard.com/artist/280347/stardust/biography

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