Daft Punk Break Up
The legendary dance duo has called it quits 28 years after forming in Paris.
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February 22, 2021Daft Punk, photo by
, the Parisian duo responsible for some of the most popular dance and pop songs ever made, have split. They broke the news with an 8-minute video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film . Asked if Daft Punk were no more, their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the news to Pitchfork but gave no reason for the breakup.
and formed Daft Punk in Paris in 1993, helping to define the French touch style of house music. Their debut album, 1997’s , 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 , live LP , and the .
Twenty years into their career, Daft Punk blew up once more with “,” the lead single of their 2013 album . The ubiquitous track sold millions of copies around the world and won two Grammys for the duo and guests and , both of whom also featured on follow-up single “.” 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 . “We focus on the illusion because giving away how it’s done instantly shuts down the sense of excitement and innocence.”
The year of Random Access Memories’ release, Daft Punk were also credited with co-production on several tracks from ’s , including the formidable opening trio of “On Sight,” “,” and “.” They would go on to collaborate with on the 2016 single “”—Daft Punk’s first Billboard singles chart topper—as well as a second hit, “.”
Beyond the singles, their visual identity, interstellar mystique, and party-music ethos inspired generations of artists across genres. ’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 . They were sampled by R&B greats and , parodied in Family Guy and Powerpuff Girls, and celebrated in around the world. Watch their farewell video below.
This article was originally published on Monday, February 22 at 9:40 a.m. Eastern. It was last updated on February 22 at 11:37 a.m. Eastern.
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