Daft Punk, Pioneering Electro Duo, Have Broken Up

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Daft Punk, Pioneering Electro Duo, Have Broken Up

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Daft Punk. Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images. 

Legendary French electronic duo, Daft Punk have announced they will be calling it quits, bringing a closing chapter to their incredibly illustrious, 28-year career. The band shared the news via a video, aptly titled Epilogue.

In the 8-minute clip, the duo is seen wandering the desert in their trademark robot get up, before a detonation device sends them in opposite directions. We won’t spoil the ending, but it's about as abrupt as the infamous Soprano’s finale. Watch below. 

Daft Punk | Epilogue

Daft Punk are widely considered to be one of the most influential electronic acts of all time. The duo, made up of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter formed in Paris in 1993 after first crossing paths at school in the late 80s. Their debut album, 1997’s Homework was a breakthrough success, with massive singles like “Around the World” and “Da Funk” giving the sound of French house a global audience. 

But it was 2001’s Discovery that turned them into international superstars, with a string of what are now considered timeless dance floor hits, like "One More Time" and “Harder, Better, Faster” (famously sampled by Kanye West in his track “Stronger”), which won the band a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2009. 

Daft Punk | “Harder Better Faster”

The duo’s most recent album, 2013’s Random Access Memory boasted collaborations with the likes of Nile Rodgers and Julian Casablancas; and featured hit singles like “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams. It also won the band a bounty of Grammy’s in 2014, including Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album.

There has been no reason given for their decision to call it a day, but the news was confirmed to Spin by their longtime publicist.

It’s certainly a sad day for anyone who didn’t get a chance to catch Daft Punk live! But the perfect time to celebrate their catalogue of pioneering hits that shaped the sound of electronic music and are sure to be fuelling dance floors for decades to come. 

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