Legendary music duo Daft Punk have officially called it quits after 28 years together as a band. They announced their retirement news with an 8-minute video called “Epilogue,” which features footage from their 2006 sci-fi film Electroma.
The video features the Parisian duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who have concealed their identity behind their robot concept for many years. They’re seen walking around the desert in their leather jackets and space helmets. After a few minutes into the video, one of the members takes off his jacket to show an energy pack on their back. The other touches a button on the pack and walks away quickly, and the other explodes. A choral version of their song 2013 “Touch” begins to play, and the screen shows the Daft Punk robot hands with “1993-2021” before transitioning into a sunset.
Daft Punk’s publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the news of the duo’s breakup to Variety but gave no reason for it. Their rep declined to say whether the duo will continue to work together under different names or if other projects are already in the works.
The duo, who are considered to be one of the most influential electronic acts.... ever, formed in Paris in 1993. Their debut album, 1997's Homework, featured classic singles like "Around the World" and "Da Funk." Their iconic robot outfits became their trademark by the release of their follow-up album Discovery in 2001.
Their singles "One More Time" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" launched them into global success and they continued their journey with records including their third album Human After All. Their song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" was sampled by Kanye West for his No.1 hit "Stronger." They gained even more success twenty years later with "Get Lucky," their lead single to their 2013 album Random Access Memories. The song won two Grammys for the duo and collaborators Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
Random Access Memories is their last album to date and earned Daft Punk three more Grammys, including Album of the Year in 2014. The duo went on to create more bangers for artists like Kanye and Canadian superstar The Weeknd. They were credited with co-production on many tracks from Kanye's Yeezus album, including "Black Skinhead" and "I Am a God." They also collaborated with The Weeknd on his catchy 2016 single "Starboy," which was the duo's first Billboard singles chart-topper, and "I Feel It Coming."
Fans of the legendary duo took to Twitter to celebrate Daft Punk... one more time!
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