The stars of electronic music, Daft Punk, broke up, their publicist confirmed on Monday, ending one of the most important dance floor acts of the era.
The French duo released a video titled “Epilogue” from the 2006 film “Electroma” in which one of the robot duos is blown up in the desert, followed by a cutaway reading “1993-2021”.
Her publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the news to AFP via email without giving a reason for the separation.
The reclusive couple – real names like Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – avoided advertising and were almost never spotted without their legendary robot helmets.
The early singles “Da Funk” and “Around the World” quickly became club fixtures and in 1997 led to massive success for their debut album “Homework”.
In 2001 the even more successful “Discovery” followed, from which the hits “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” emerged.
Her 2013 single “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers was her biggest hit of all. It sold millions of copies around the world and won two Grammys, which came with two more for the album “Random Access Memories”.
Their success did not lead to the hoped-for return to live touring, which they largely abandoned after a legendary series of shows in 2006 and 2007.
Their 2014 appearance on the Grammy Awards show was their last public appearance in three years before appearing alongside The Weeknd at the same ceremony in 2017 after working with him on his most recent album.
There was a very rare glimpse into the duo’s career in 2015 when they approved a BBC documentary reporting their false start as a Parisian youngster in a 1992 rock band Darlin ‘.
A review in the British music press dismissed the band as “stupid punk thrash” and gave them their new nickname.
“Human after all”
The helmets first appeared in the “Around the World” video and never left, so they could control the fame that quickly surrounded them.
“We have a daily life that is far more normal … than the lives of artists who are as well known as us but may be tied to physical recognition,” Bangalter said on the BBC documentary.
The couple also insisted on maintaining creative control from an early stage, making many left-field business decisions along the way, including the production of 2003 Japanese anime master Leiji Matsumoto’s film “Interstella 5555”, the Contained music from “Discovery”.
If their next album, a somber “Human After All” from 2005, was relatively poorly received, they quickly bounced back over the next two years with a number of landmark festival shows around the world.
Still, few could have predicted the phenomenal success expected with the 2013 Random Access Memories, which ditched their usual makeshift home rig for a full commercial studio – using only live instruments.
The results dominated the album-of-the-year lists and helped push total worldwide sales to 12 million.
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