Daft Punk Split After 28 Years.


Touchaheart Nigeria reports that popular music group, Daft Punk have announced their retirement after nearly 30 years.


The duo announced their retirement via an Eight-minute video titled ‘Epilogue’ excerpted from their 2006 film Electroma.


Daft Punk Split After 28 Years


In the clip, musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, dressed in their iconic robot costumes, bid each other farewell in the desert, before one of them self-destructed.


The video ends with the image of one silver and one gold hand making the shape of a triangle over the years 1993-2021 as a setting sun blazes to the strains of their song “Touch” from what would be their final album, 2013’s Random Access Memories. Though they released only four full-length studio albums — 1997 debut Homework, 2001’s Discovery and 2005’s Human After All — the pair were hugely influential dance music superstars whose vibrant, uplifting music belied their cold, robot exteriors.


Daft Punk Split After 28 Years


The split was confirmed by the band’s longtime publicist, Kathryn Frazier.


Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met in the mid-’80s at school in Paris as teenagers and soon after began working together on music. They formed a rock band called Darlin’, inspired by the Beach Boys song of the same name, with their friend Laurent Brancowitz in 1992 and released a song on a compilation on Stereolab’s Duophonic label. The song received a negative review in the Melody Maker — which called described it as “a daft punky thrash” — and, in a move that would set the tone for the rest of their career, turned the negative review into their new band name. The two decided to focus on electronic music; Brancowitz left and ultimately formed Phoenix.


Daft Punk Split After 28 Years
rare photo of the band from 1995, before they adopted their masks. Guy-Manuel is on the left, with Thomas on the right


Pretty soon, they had abandoned rock for dance music. A subsequent Darlin’ song called Untitled 18 sampled David Bowie’s Starman and marked their first experimentation with robotic vocals.


Their debut album, 1997’s Homework, was a dance music landmark, featuring classic singles “Around the World” and “Da Funk.” By the release of its follow-up, Discovery, in 2001, the duo had taken to making public appearances in the robot outfits that became their trademark. The singles “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” cemented them as global superstars. Their imprint in the popular imagination continued to deepen in subsequent years, with records including third album Human After All, live LP Alive 2007, and the Tron: Legacy soundtrack album.


Twenty years into their career, Daft Punk blew up once more with “Get Lucky,” the lead single of their 2013 album Random Access Memories. The ubiquitous track sold millions of copies around the world and won two Grammys for the duo and guests Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams, both of whom also featured on follow-up single “Lose Yourself to Dance.” Random Access Memories earned Daft Punk a further three Grammys, including Album of the Year, and the ceremony hosted one of the last stagings of their spectacular live show. “When you know how a magic trick is done, it’s so depressing,” Bangalter told Pitchfork in a 2013 Cover Story. “We focus on the illusion because giving away how it’s done instantly shuts down the sense of excitement and innocence.”


rare photo of the band from 1995, before they adopted their masks. Guy-Manuel is on the left, with Thomas on the right


The year of Random Access Memories’ release, Daft Punk were also credited with co-production on several tracks from Kanye West’s Yeezus, including the formidable opening trio of “On Sight,” “Black Skinhead,” and “I Am a God.” They would go on to collaborate with the Weeknd on the 2016 single “Starboy”—Daft Punk’s first Billboard singles chart topper—as well as a second hit, “I Feel It Coming.”


Beyond the singles, their visual identity, interstellar mystique, and party-music ethos inspired generations of artists across genres. LCD Soundsystem’s breakout song, “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House,” captured the duo’s paradoxical embodiment of hipster cool even as their singles dominated airwaves. They released several batches of incredible holiday merch. They were sampled by R&B greats Janet Jackson and Jazmine Sullivan, parodied in Family Guy and Powerpuff Girls, and celebrated in art galleries around the world.


rare photo of the band from 1995, before they adopted their masks. Guy-Manuel is on the left, with Thomas on the right


Their debut album, Homework, is considered a landmark in dance music; while they scored a worldwide hit in 2013 with the retro-disco single Get Lucky, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.


The song was taken from their most recent record, Random Access Memories, which won the Grammy for album of the year in 2014.


Since then, the band have kept a relatively low profile – although they collaborated with R&B star The Weeknd on two tracks, Starboy and I Feel It Coming, in 2016.


Famously publicity-shy, the musicians were seldom seen in public without their robot headgear, and used processed, computerised vocals on almost all of their biggest hits.


“We’re not performers, we’re not models – it would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features,” de Homem-Christo once told Rolling Stone magazine, “but the robots are exciting to people.”

As they called time on their career, dozens of artists recognised Daft Punk’s impact on dance music.


“Eternally grateful,” wrote Christine and the Queens on Twitter. “Thank you Daft Punk for everything! We will miss you!” added Swedish DJ Alesso.


“Thankful to be a part of the journey,” said The Weeknd on his Instagram Story.


rare photo of the band from 1995, before they adopted their masks. Guy-Manuel is on the left, with Thomas on the right
Daft Punk and The Weeknd


Bidding War

A year later, they passed a cassette of their music to Stuart MacMillan, co-founder of the Scottish techno label Soma, at a rave in Disneyland Paris. On it was the first official Daft Punk song – The New Wave, an uncompromising techno assault on the senses which Soma released in 1994.


But it was Da Funk’s infectiously zany mix of G-funk and acid house that really put them on the map.


Originally pressed in a limited run of 2,000 12-inch records, it was virtually ignored until The Chemical Brothers started playing it in their DJ sets. By the end of 1995, it had sold 30,000 copies and as voted song of the year by French club magazine Soda.


A record label bidding war ensued, with the band eventually signing to Virgin Records and releasing Homework – recorded in Bangalter’s bedroom – in 1996.


There was something cartoonish about the band’s early singles that compensated for the anonymity of the men behind them. It was an idea compounded by Michel Gondry’s mesmerising video for Around The World, where every instrument is represented by a groups of dancers (skeletons represent the guitar line, mummies act out the drum pattern and synchronised swimmers are the synths).


It took three years for the band to record a follow-up, during which time Bangalter also scored a major hit – Music Sounds Better with You – with his side project Stardust.


Discovery, released in 2001, was almost wilfully anti-cool, steeped in references to 70s disco and 80s crooners. At one point it even samples Barry Manilow’s Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed.


But the band chopped, spliced, filtered and filleted those sounds to create audacious new songs, with a sense of fun and showmanship that dance music often lacks. If you can listen to the ridiculous guitar arpeggios of Aerodynamic or the party-starting chants of Crescendolls without cracking a smile, they seemed to be saying, maybe it’s you who’s the robot.


The album’s most enduring song, however, is Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.


Based entirely around Edwin Birdsong’s Cola Bottle Baby, a forgotten 70s funk track, it adds a simple vocal line (“Work it harder, make it better / Do it faster, makes us stronger”) that is twisted and manipulated in increasingly inventive ways until it’s barely recognisable as anything but signal noise.


Kanye West later lifted the track and used it as the basis for his own song, Stronger. Daft Punk were unaware of the sample until they heard it on the radio in Los Angeles.

“The DJ had made an edit of our song at the beginning and then it turned into his song,” de Homem-Christo told Billboard in 2007.

“Our song had a good sound, but when he put Kanye’s record on, the sound was really fat. It sounds really big. It’s not a collaboration in the studio, but the vibe of the music we do separately connected in what he did with the song.”

Another four years passed before the release of their third and least essential album, Human After All, after which they wrote the soundtrack to Disney’s sci-fi sequel Tron: Legacy.


They returned to form with 2013’s Random Access Memories – a lush, opulent tribute to the music they grew up with, recorded entirely on live instruments, and featuring guest appearances from Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Muppets composer Paul Williams and disco innovator Giorgio Moroder, who narrated his own life story over nine minutes of interlocking dance grooves.


The album, which cost more than a million dollars to make, was preceded by the hit single Get Lucky. Speaking to NPR, Bangalter said the song represented the record’s theme of connecting the past, present and future of dance music.

“It was somehow maybe a child’s dream to possibly one day be able to make music with one of the musicians we really love,” he explained.

“So Get Lucky is really about this encounter between Nile [Rodgers] and also Pharrell Williams, [who] we’ve been friends with and which we’ve worked with in the past, but about really teaming up and getting outside of our home studio and really reaching out to other musicians and performers and making music and having fun in the studio making music together.”

The album brought the duo to a whole new audience, but now it also appears to be a full stop. The end point in their disco odyssey.


Watch their farewell video below;



Tributes from the stars

The band’s publicist Kathryn Frazier offered no explanation for the break-up – but fans flooded social media with tributes.


French media tracking service Visibrain said there were 27 tweets posted every second about the band on Monday afternoon.

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Pharrell Williams was among them, simply posting the phrase: “Forever legends”.

“Daft Punk left the game with a flawless legacy. I would say enviable but impossibly unattainable is more appropriate,” said Mark Ronson.


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Producer Erol Alkan wrote, “Respect to Thomas and Guy-Man. Farewell”; while Dutch DJ Don Diablo thanked the duo “for inspiring me to make music when I was a kid”.

“THE greatest to EVER do it,” “Words can’t describe the inspiration & knowledge we gained from listening to the 2 robots over the years. Wishing them nothing but good energy & positivity for the future.” said UK dance act Disclosure.

“As a French producer its hard to describe the huge impact Daft Punk had on my life, my music and career, Thank you for forever changing the landscape of music.” added DJ/producer Habstrakt.


“Daft Punk’s Discovery album was critical to my development. [It] opened up an entire universe I didn’t know existed. forever grateful.” said Maurice Peebles, editor-in-chief of Complex magazine.

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