It’s a sad day for all the gamers who jammed to Daft Punk’s mixes on DJ Hero. The legendary robot-headed French DJ duo responsible for some of the most popular house music to ever grace our gaming playlists, has suddenly split up after 28 years in the music scene.
Daft Punk, made up of members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, announced their split not by a written tweet or statement, but with a nearly 8-minute video titled Epilogue, taken from a scene in their 2006 film Electroma in which one of the duo self-destructs in the desert. Their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the break up to Pitchfork, but gave no reason for doing so.
Daft Punk formed in Paris in 1993, and achieved popularity in the late ’90s as part of the French house movement. Like the robots they emulate in their outfits for their public appearances, they churned out fine-tuned hits like Da Funk, Around the World, One More Time, and Get Lucky and released four studio albums, with three of them — Homework, Discovery and Random Access Memories — becoming major hits. The entirety of their 2001 album Discovery was used in their anime film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, and they composed the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy.
On the gaming side, the duo offered 11 original mixes of their music to be featured in 2009’s DJ Hero. Additionally, four of their songs — Da Funk, Get Lucky, I Feel It Coming and Robot Rock — were turned into dance tracks in the Just Dance series. They were parodied in World of Warcraft as non-player characters Guyo Crystalgear and Tivilix Bangalter, where they wore diving suits and helmets based on their robot outfits.
Daft Punk has also been parodied in various TV shows, including Family Guy and The Powerpuff Girls (not the 1998 original, but the 2016 reboot). In an episode of the latter show, they appear as ghosts at a haunted house party. They were even referenced by the pigs in The Angry Birds Movie as Daft Piggy.
While Daft Punk has never shown their faces in public, their robot-like personas and the techno sounds inserted into their music are the embodiment of cyberpunk. So much so that musicians like Kanye West and The Weeknd have sampled their music for a futuristic beat, with the former using Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger for his 2007 single simply titled Stronger and the latter inviting the duo to provide their music for his 2016 singles Starboy and the aforementioned I Feel It Coming.
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Cristina Alexander is a writer who can transform her pen into a Keyblade and has been head over heels for Sonic the Hedgehog from the age of 9. Her work was previously seen on Mega Visions (formerly SEGA Nerds), KeenGamer, and Twinfinite. Find her on Twitter @SonicPrincess15.
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