28 years. The legendary DJ duo Daft Punk existed that long. They announced their retirement on February 22, 2021. The band consisted of the Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
The two met at school in 1987 and started making their own dance and electro music from 1993. Their debut album Homework from 1997 was an instant success, with mega hits like Da Funk and Around the World. It marked a whole new trend in French house and dance music.
Robot suits Daft Punk
From 2001, with the launch of their second album, Bangalter and De Homem-Christo have appeared in their signature robotic suits. That album became One More Time their biggest hit. It took a long time before Daft Punk scored another big hit, but with Get Lucky they held gold in 2013. The collaboration with Pharrell Williams breathed new life into the electro legends. Also in 2016 they scored two more big hits with The Weeknd with the songs Starboy and I feel it coming. Star Boy was criticized because it would be plagiarism.
Judge: are Daft Punk & The Weeknd plagiarized?
The French duo announced their farewell in a YouTube video, in which a timer on one of the robot suits is activated. An explosion follows after a minute. After that, a banner appears with the text: Daft Punk: 1993-2021. The remaining robot of the band then walks into the desert towards the sun.
‘End of an era’
Social media exploded after the announcement. Many fans for whom Daft Punk was part of their wild young years mourn the goodbye to the duo. Many nostalgic memories are also retrieved. “I still found my old Daft Club card, was included in the first batch of the Discovery album in 2001 ″, muses a Twitterer. “The end of an age,” says someone else. “Daft Punk did not stick to generations. Daft Punk belonged to everyone. ”
Found my old Daft Club card, included in the first batch of the Discovery album in 2001. You could download extra songs over your squeaky modem.
They were innovative guys though. #DaftPunk pic.twitter.com/Pym3unb0hC
– Denkjewel (@Denkjewel) February 22, 2021
When I throw parties at my house I play music through my CD player. In the late hours, Alive by Daft Punk always provides a great dance explosion. So, so good. Thanks for the dancing. Would have liked to see you live but unfortunately. #daftpunk
– Maarten Bastiaensen (@NetraamB) February 22, 2021
#DaftPunk is no more. The end of an era. Daft Punk did not stick to generations. Daft Punk belonged to everyone… 🖤
– Jeroen Portengen (@JeroeP) February 22, 2021
Daft Punk is calling it quits. PUSSY MONDAY
– Ziggy Hsia (@ZiggyHsia) February 22, 2021
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