After nearly 30 years of pushing the boundaries of electronic and pop music, Daft Punk are no more.
On February 22, the French dance music duo announced the end of their 28-year-long career in a video titled “Epilogue.” In the wordless, eight-minute clip, the duo walk out into an arid landscape and initiate a sequence that ends in one of them exploding. The other then walks away into the sunset as the song “Touch” from their final album Random Access Memories plays.
Daft Punk’s publicist later confirmed to various publications, including Pitchfork and Variety, that the duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have split up, but declined to provide any further details.
Daft Punk formed in Paris in 1993, releasing a total of four studio albums. They were their now-classic 1997 debut Homework, its 2001 follow-up Discovery, 2005’s Human After All and 2013’s Random Access Memories, which spawned the monster hit “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams.
In between, they helmed an acclaimed soundtrack for the 2010 Disney movie Tron: Legacy; famously collaborated with Kanye West (after he sampled Discovery’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” on his own Graduation hit “Stronger,” they produced part of his Yeezus album) and The Weeknd (“Starboy” and “I Feel it Coming” from 2016’s Starboy); and developed an eye-popping live show with lasers and prisms. And, of course, they became pop icons with their signature robot helmets.
Adieu, Daft Punk. Watch the “Epilogue” video here:
And revisit their hits below: