Daft Punk Announces Breakup After 28 Years
The song “Touch” from “Random Access Memories” starts playing – “Wait”, go to the lyrics, “If love is the answer, you’re home” – as the remaining bandmate walks into the sunset. The years 1993 to 2021 will flash on the screen.
Daft Punk released his debut album “Homework” on Virgin Records in 1997 and found unlikely international hits in “Da Funk” and “Around the World”. The duo follow-up “Discovery” was released in 2001 and included singles such as “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” (later sampled by Kanye West) and “One More Time”. In 2005 the group released “Human After All”, which toured extensively in the two years thereafter, including a memorable performance on an elaborate light pyramid in Coachella in 2006, which was Daft Punk’s first US concert in nearly a decade. A live album from this period, “Alive 2007” later won a Grammy for Best Electronic / Dance Album.
In the years that followed, although its myth grew and so-called EDMDJs and producers became a billion-dollar business, Daft Punk withdrew some of the sample-based dance music that helped popularize it. For “Random Access Memories,” which was due to be released by a new label, Columbia Records, the group used renowned session players and tried to “make every sound from scratch and create a soundscape from scratch,” said Bangalter to The Times.
“In a way, it’s like driving on a freeway that goes in the opposite direction to everyone else,” he said, adding, “Computers were never designed as musical instruments.”
“Get Lucky,” the album’s lead single with Pharrell Williams, became the group’s most successful song to date, reaching # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Daft Punk later achieved his first and only career as a guest on the Weeknd’s “Starboy”, which they performed in 2017 (along with another collaboration, “I Feel It Coming”) at the Grammys. It would be her last show.