The Things You Didn’t Know About Daft Punk
Daft Punk is one of the greatest things to happen to the world of music since…Daft Punk. The duo, consisting of French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, has brought the funk to music unlike any duo in the industry. In a world where EDM has become the pill-popping culture of music with heavy bass and every song sounding exactly the same, it couldn’t have been a better time for Daft Punk to make their return to the music world with their new album, Random Access Memories.
After listening to their new album on the full stream that is available on iTunes, there is no doubt in my mind that this album will be nothing short of a classic. It’s full of timeless music that anyone can listen to, no matter their age or preferred genre. It’s the disco funk from the 70s that we have all been missing. It’s great to see the two live up to all the hype that has been around this upcoming album. The two proved once again that no matter what time period we are in, no matter what is hot right now, their music will still have an impact on the world.
It will be interesting to see how all the zombies on molly react to hearing this type of music at these large music festivals that usually handle much heavier bass, sounds and repetative music.
Daft Punk reached significant popularity in the late 1990s house movement in France and met with continued success in the years following, combining elements of house with synthpop. In light of their new album coming out on May 21, here are the 30 facts that you didn’t know about Daft Punk. Enjoy and keep funking.
1. Thomas Bangalter wears the helmet that looks a little bit like a letter-box, while Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo (known as ‘Guy-Man’) wears the smoother helmet.
2. They recorded a similar follow up to their first hit ‘Da Funk’, but then deleted it and made ‘Rollin’ And Scratchin’ instead. “We consciously killed ‘Da Funk 2’.” They said. “It’s always about following the unexpected.”
3. Thomas Bangalter’s dad Daniel Vangarde wrote Ottawan’s ‘D.I.S.C.O.’ and the Gibson Brothers’ ‘Cuba’.
4. David Bowie once personally rang their studio to ask them to remix one of his songs. They politely declined.
5. Daft Punk have not allowed their faces to be photographed since May 1996.
6. They started their own Daft Club in 2001, designed to be a cross between an internet portal, a supermarket loyalty card and a download site.
7. Melody Maker’s review of their first band Darlin’ gave them their name. It described their song ‘Cindy, So Loud’ as “a daft punky thrash.”
8. The robotic pair once appeared in a Gap advert with Juliette Lewis, soundtracked by ‘Digital Love’.
9. They also appeared in a big budget Adidas advert alongside the likes of David Beckham and Snoop Dogg, set in the Mos Eisley cantina from Star Wars.
10. James Murphy referenced the band on two LCD Soundsystem tracks. On ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’, but also on ‘Losing My Edge’ where he claims to be the first DJ to “play Daft Punk to the rock kids.”
11. In an episode of Flight Of The Choncords, a music video for the song ‘Robots’ is shot with homemade robot costumes fashioned by the band’s manager, Murray. Jemaine comments, “It doesn’t look like Daft Punk. We wanted ones like Daft Punk.”
12. In 1998, Thomas Bangalter’s side project Stardust had a worldwide hit with ‘Music Sounds Better With You’.
13. Another Thomas Bangalter sideproject, ‘Together’, featured him playing with DJ Falcon. They released two songs: ‘So Much Love To Give’ and ‘Together’ and DJ Falcon reappears on new album closer ‘Contact’.
14. Disco Stu on The Simpsons once wore his own Daft Punk helmet.
15. On HBO’s Girls, Marnie sang her own take on Kanye West’s Daft Punk collaboration ‘Stronger’. It was utterly cringe-worthy.
16. Daft Punk made a surprise guest appearance during the encore of Phoenix’s 20 October 2010 show at Madison Square Garden. They played a medley of ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ and ‘Around the World’ before the song segued into Phoenix’s song ‘1901’.
17. Daft Punk made a surprise appearance at the Grammys in 2008. The duo appeared with Kanye West to perform a reworked version of ‘Stronger’, making the first televised live performance by the duo in their career.
18. ‘Daft Hands’, a fan-made video set to ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’, has been viewed over 56 million times.
19. All of Daft Punk’s most recent outfits have been designed by Hedi Slimane of fashion label Saint Laurent.
20. Daft Punk’s latest album ‘Random Access Memories’ is 74 minutes long, the same length as a standard CD album.
21. Guy-Man describes Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’ as being a key inspiration for Daft Punk. He told Melody Maker it was: “one of the first to set off an explosion in our heads.”
22. Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo is rumoured to be of aristocratic stock, and his ancestors are thought to have ridden against Henry V at Agincourt.
23. They were fans of Barry Manilow in their youth. Guy-Man told an interviewer: “Too many bands want to look cool, they won’t admit what they really liked. We like everything; we don’t care.”
24. Asked in 2007 what records they put on to dance to, they named: Kavinsky’s ‘Testarossa Autodrive’, Husker Du’s ‘New Day Rising’, Kanye West’s ‘Flashing Lights’, Ratatat’s ‘Lex’ and Sebastian Tellier’s ‘Sexual Sportswear (SebastiAn remix)’.
25. Before they invested in their robot helmets, Daft Punk would wear ordinary masks for photoshoots, including Beavis and Butthead.
26. Thomas and Guy-Man met at school when they were both 12 –years-old.
27. The original ‘Discovery’ era robot helmets are said to have cost $65,000 to produce. They were both capable of displaying text and animations.
28. In 2003, the band created a feature length animated film called ‘Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem’ to accompany their album ‘Discovery’. Excerpts from the film were used as music videos for tracks from the album.
29. In 2006, Daft Punk made a movie called ‘Electroma’ about two robots and their attempt to become human. The film has no dialogue and was their first project not to feature their own music.
30. The band have worked repeatedly with the director Spike Jonze, beginning with the music video for 1995’s ‘Da Funk’, which starred an anthropomorphic dog with a crutch called Charles.