DAFT PUNK. The legendary duo Daft Punk announces, this Monday, February 22, 2021, their separation after nearly thirty years of career and countless successes.
Since the announcement of the separation of Daft Punk, a wave of surprise and emotion overwhelms social networks. Among the hundreds of thousands of reactions, that of another French pioneer of electro: Jean-Michel Jarre, who writes on Twitter: “Daft Punk the end: eternal, moving, elegant like you. Thank you Thomas and Guy-Manuel . “
They will remain the most exported French group in the world. And certainly one of the most famous. Since his formation in 1993 after a meeting on the benches of the high school, Daft Punk released four albums, succeeding in the bet to reinvent himself each time: Homework, Discovery, Human After All and Random Access Memories. “We have always tried to create a global musical, visual and aesthetic universe. In our work, music does not have such a central place as in most other groups (…). We have always wanted to be part of a broader approach than that of musicians mechanically linking albums and tours, “they explained in 2007 to Tsugi magazine.
It is therefore with a video, called Epilogue, that the Daft Punk bowed out. The clip, unveiled in the afternoon this Monday, February 22, 2021, is taken from the film Electroma, released in 2006. In this clip of nearly eight minutes, we discover the helmeted duo, walking in the desert. One takes off his coat and reveals a charger behind his back, activated by the second. One of the Daft Punk walks away, then explains. The scene is cut at sunset, on the song Touch, taken from the album Random Access Memories.
This is what contributed to their legend: the helmets, gold and silver, of the two founders of Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Their face, the duo showed very little. In 1996, however, a series of photos shows the duo without headphones at their beginnings, during a performance in a discotheque in Dijon. Another photo, in black and white, reveals the identity of the two friends, this time in 1995 in London, when Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are only 20 and 21 years old. More recently, these were photographed during the release of Random Acess Memories in 2013, or by paparazzi, at Los Angeles airport, then upon their arrival at Roissy. A sequence unveiled at the time by the American site TMZ.
Proof of their popularity in France and their anchoring in the tricolor musical landscape: the resumption by the army fanfare during the parade of July 14, 2017. On this occasion, a medley of several hits from Daft Punk was sung, like recalls the Twitter account of the Ministry of the Armed Forces:
Even separated, the Daft Punk will remain in the heart of the Ministry of the Armed Forces.
Remember: the #14Juillet 2017, the joint marching band offered a medley of their titles at the end of the parade! ???? ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Iz8LDrMK42
– Ministry of the Armed Forces (@Armees_Gouv) February 22, 2021
If the Daft Punk have not released an album since Random Access Memories in 2013, their fans had been able to find them in two duets, with the Canadian singer The Weeknd: Starboy and I Feel It Coming, in 2016.
If there is one duo that the whole world envied in France, it was Daft Punk. The two Frenchmen, on the strength of their success since 1993, were world famous. Proof of this is their number of foreign awards, including two Grammy Awards in 2009 for Alive 2007, then five Grammy Awards in 2014 for Random Access Memories.
The world is in shock. A few minutes after the official separation of Daft Punk, Twitter trembles: as reported by the Visibrain account, “there are 162,363 messages published since the announcement, or an average of 27 tweets per second!” Daft Punk having easily climbed to the top of the most discussed topics, just like Discovery, Random Access Memories or Alive 2007, two albums and a tour of the helmeted duo.
In recent weeks, there have been many rumors about the return of Daft Punk. Among the elements that can feed the craziest theories around this comeback: the appearance, rare, on YouTube, of an HD video of the recording of one of the concerts of the tour Alive 2007 (which followed the album Human After All 2005), filmed at Grant Park in Chicago. The video, posted in mid-January, is one of the few not to have been deleted since, which is usually the case, the specialist magazine Tsugi recalled.
17:12 – The video “Epilogue” or the end of Daft Punk
It is therefore via a video of nearly eight minutes that Daft Punk, the most famous French duo in the world announced its dissolution, this Monday, February 22, 2021. The video, which lasts nearly eight minutes, is an excerpt from their movie released in 2006 Electrome. We find them here in the desert, helmets, one of them exploding. “1993-2021”, can we read in the middle of their robot hands, like an epitaph. The date 1993 corresponding to the beginning of the Daft Punk adventure, a duo formed by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Barely an hour after its publication, the video Epilogue already had nearly 500,000 views on YouTube.
They were the pioneers of the French Touch in the world. Daft Punk, formed in 1993 by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, is and will remain the French duo most exported abroad, since the release of their first disc, Homework, in 1997 until the last album. , Random Access Memories in 2013. Still wearing helmets, the two Frenchmen also signed the soundtrack of the film Tron: Legacy. Their last record, Random Access Memories, will remain one of their greatest successes with (among others) five Grammy Awards including that of the best album of the year.
With each rumor of return, the planet Twitter rose. Now, it is the announcement of the separation of Daft Punk that shakes the social network, where the duo has become the most commented subject in just a few minutes. The comments are unanimous and the surprise is total.
Daft Punk will leave their fans with another mystery: the reasons for their separation. The legendary duo, tricolor flag bearer of the French-Touch, has not, for the moment, given a reason to its end. Contacted by the Pitchfork site, agent Kathryn Frazier, who was in charge of the group, confirmed the information without clarifying this question.
It’s now official: the most famous French duo in the world, Daft Punk, announces their separation. It’s in a video, baptized Epilogue, that Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo sign the end of the helmeted adventure.
It is therefore via a video of nearly eight minutes that the most famous French duo in the world announced its dissolution, Monday, February 22, 2021. The clip, which lasts nearly eight minutes, is an excerpt from their film released in 2006 Electrome. We find them here in the desert, helmets, one of them exploding. Barely an hour after its publication, the Epilogue video already had nearly 500,000 views on YouTube.
A separation without even a musical goodbye? The pill is hard for Daft Punk fans to swallow. From their album Random Access Memories, released in 2013, fans of the French duo are desperately waiting for a sign from the performers of One more time. Daft Punk had since only appeared in 2016 alongside singer The Weeknd, for two singles, I feel it coming and Starboy. Rumors of a return had also ignited the Web during the halftime of the Superbowl, where fans of Daft Punk awaited their arrival. So, is it really the end of the duo or a coup de com ‘before a return to music?
If the Daft Punk adventure is really over, the duo will take the secret from their face. Since their beginnings, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, their appearances with their faces uncovered have been rare. But by searching well, it is easy to find images. In 1996, a series of photos shows the duo without headphones at their beginnings, during a performance in a nightclub in Dijon. Another photo, in black and white, reveals the identity of the two friends, this time in 1995 in London, when Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are only 20 and 21 years old. More recently, these were photographed during the release of Random Acess Memories in 2013, or by paparazzi, at Los Angeles airport, then upon their arrival at Roissy. A sequence unveiled at the time by the American site TMZ.