Electronic music stars Daft Punk have gone their separate ways, their publicist confirmed on Monday, bringing to an end one of the most significant dancefloor acts of the time.
The French duo released a video titled “Epilogue” from their 2006 film “Electroma”, in which one of the robot duo is blown up in the desert, followed by a sectional reading “1993-2021”.
Their press secretary, Kathryn Frazier, confirmed the news to TBEN by email, without giving any reason for the split.
The reclusive couple – real names Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – dodged publicity and were almost never spotted without their iconic robot helmets.
The debut singles “Da Funk” and “Around the World” quickly became club fixtures, and led to huge success for their debut album “Homework” in 1997.
They followed up with the even more successful “Discovery” in 2001, which spawned the hits “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”.
Their 2013 single “Get Lucky”, starring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers was their biggest hit, selling millions of copies worldwide and winning them two Grammys, which came with two more for the ‘Random Access Memories’ album.
Their success did not lead to the much-hoped-for return of live touring, which they largely discontinued after a legendary run of shows in 2006 and 2007.
Their appearance at the Grammy Awards in 2014 was their last public appearance in three years, before appearing at the same ceremony in 2017 alongside The Weeknd, after collaborating with him on his latest album.
There was a very rare glimpse into the duo’s career in 2015, when they approved a TBEN documentary, which recounted their false start as young Parisians in a 1992 rock band, Darlin ‘.
A UK music press review called the band “dumb punky trash” – giving them their new nickname.
“Human after all”
The helmets first appeared in the video for “Around the World” and never left, allowing them to control the fame that quickly surrounded them.
“We have a much more normal everyday life … than the life of artists who have the same level of fame as us but who might be attached to being physically recognized,” Bangalter said in the TBEN documentary.
The couple also insisted on maintaining creative control from the start and made many left-wing business decisions along the way, including the production of the 2003 film “Interstella 5555” by Japanese anime master Leiji Matsumoto, which featured the music from “Discovery”.
While their next album, a darker “Human After All” in 2005, was relatively unpopular, they quickly bounced back with a series of pioneering festivals around the world over the next two years.
Still, few could have predicted the phenomenal success that awaited with 2013’s “Random Access Memories”, for which they ditched their usual makeshift homemade gear for a full commercial studio – and used fully live instruments.
The results topped the album of the year lists and helped bring their total worldwide sales to 12 million.
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