After almost 30 years of error-free service, even the most efficient robots can shut down.
It’s been almost a year since we started making mention of the legendary electronic duo in past tense.
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter met in 1987 at the Lycée Carnot, a Parisian secondary school that was also the school of a former French president, a Nobel laureate, many philosophers, prime ministers and of course, Daft Punk.
In 1992, like many schoolmates, the two boys wanted to start a rock band. They put an ad for a guitarist through which they found Laurent Brancowitz.
Together they formed a band called Darlin’ and recorded some demos. They had a brief success that lasted for a few months and resulted in the recording of an EP. The project would be later defined by Bangalter himself as “pretty average“, so Darlin’ dissolved forever.
Brancowitz joined the popular alt-rock band Phoenix, where he played the guitar. The other two went to study the underground electronic sounds of the vibrant Parisian rave scene under the name of Daft Punk.
Their musical style, wonderfully simple but super direct, was the French Touch. In 1994 they released a song called “The New Wave“, later changed to “Alive“.
But the real success came the following year with the recording of a tune with a surrounding and unforgettable stomping synth riff: “Da Funk”.