- Posted: Tue, 04 Jul 2006 22:52:50 +0000
Welcome, one and all, Daft Punk lovers! I decided to make this little thread for Daft Punk when I noticed that there weren't many of them on here. I enjoy making new friends as well, but please do not just randomly add me without getting to know me. <3
Don't know Daft Punk? Well then dear.. read below.
Daft Punk is the collective name of Paris musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born February 8, 1974) and Thomas Bangalter (born January 3, 1975). The duo are considered one of the most successful electronic music collaborations of all time, both in album sales and in critical acclaim. The name Daft Punk was inspired by a review in the British music magazine Melody Maker, which dubbed their first collaboration, the Beach Boys-inspired guitar group Darlin', "a bunch of daft punk."
Their debut single was "The New Wave" a limited release on Soma in 1994. Their first commercially successful single "Da Funk" came the following year, and was later included on their 1997 debut album Homework. Homework was regarded as an innovative synthesis of techno, house, acid house and electro styles, and is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential dance music albums of the nineties. "Around The World" was the most successful single from Homework, known for its hypnotic chant of "around the world" and distinctive video.
2001's Discovery took on a slicker and distinctly synth-pop oriented style, initially stunning fans of their previous work. The album reached #2 in the UK, and its single "One More Time" was a major club hit, creating a new generation of fans mainly familiar with the sophomore Daft Punk release. The singles "Digital Love" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" were also very successful in the UK and on the US dance chart, and "Face to Face" hit #1 on the US club play charts despite a limited single release.
In an interview with Remix Magazine Online, the group said that the album was conceived as an attempt to re-connect with a playful, open minded attitude associated with the discovery phase of childhood. This accounts for the heavy use of themes and samples from the late '70s to early '80s era on the album. Interestingly enough, more than two tracks had unacknowledged samples. A live album containing a 45-minute set from the Daftendirekt tour recorded in Birmingham in 1997 was also released in 2001, entitled Alive 1997.
In 2005, Human After All was released, a 10-track album running 45 minutes and recorded in a mere 6 weeks. Reviews were mixed, mostly citing its short length, overly repetitive nature and rushed recording. They also noted the fact that it had only nine proper tracks and one interlude. The singles off this album were "Robot Rock", "Technologic", "Human After All" and "The Prime Time of Your Life". So far, the only official statement from Daft Punk concerning the album is that "we believe Human After All speaks for itself."
A Daft Punk greatest hits CD/DVD collection entitled Musique Vol. 1 1993-2005 was released on April 4, 2006. It contains new videos for "The Prime Time of Your Life" and "Robot Rock (Maximum Overdrive)".
On April 29, 2006, they performed at the 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where they received a jubilant reception for their first U.S. performance in eight years. They also will be performing at the 2006 Global Gathering in Stratford-upon-Avon (UK), Eurockéennes in Belfort (France), Summercase Festival (www.summercase.com) in Barcelona and Madrid (Spain), Pukkelpop (www.pukkelpop.be) in Hasselt (Belgium), and SummerSonic Music Festival (www.summersonic.com) in Tokyo and Osaka. Daft Punk will finish this tour with a gig at Marley park in Dublin, Ireland.
On May 22, 2006, Daft Punk premiered their first directed film, Electroma at the Cannes Film Festival sidebar Director's Fortnight. The film does not include their own music which is a first for the duo considering their previous DVD and film releases (D.A.F.T. for Homework and Interstella 5555 for Discovery). It is currently unknown whether the film will be released on DVD.
--Use of visual components--
Daft Punk are noted for their use of visual components associated with their musical productions. The music videos for their singles from Homework featured memorable characters and were directed by cult video producers, including Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry. The album Discovery subsequently became the soundtrack to the anime film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, which the group co-produced with Leiji Matsumoto. Many US fans were introduced to Daft Punk through a special presentation of their videos on Toonami which aired on Cartoon Network on August 31, 2001.
During their publicity shots, interviews, music videos, and live shows, both members wear elaborate robot costumes. Their outward personae have changed over the years. During their Homework years, the duo would usually wear masks to hide their appearance.  In their more visible Discovery years, and ever since, they have appeared as futuristic robots, sporting remarkably complicated helmets capable of various LED effects and metallic finger gloves. "We did not choose to become robots," Bangalter once explained. "There was an accident in our studio. We were working on our sampler, and at exactly 9:09 a.m. on September 9, 1999, it exploded. When we regained consciousness, we discovered that we had become robots." Very few photos of the faces of the duo exist, although a blurry one can be found in Homework's liner notes. The mystery of their identity and the elaborate nature of their disguises has added to their international popularity.
"The New Wave"/"Assault"/"Alive" (1994)
"Da Funk"/"Musique" (1996) #7 UK, #31 Australia, #1 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
"Around The World" (1997) #61 US, #5 UK, #11 Australia, #1 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
"Burnin'" (1997) #30 UK
"Revolution 909" (1997) #47 UK, #2 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
"One More Time" (2000) #61 US, #2 UK, #2 Canada, #10 Australia, #1 Hot Dance Music/Club Play, #2 Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales, #27 Rhythmic Top 40, #33 Top 40 Mainstream, #32 Top 40 Tracks
"Aerodynamic" (2001) #50 Australia
"Digital Love"/"Aerodynamic" (2001) #14 UK, #9 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (2001) #25 UK, #3 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
"Something About Us" (Love Theme From Interstella 5555) (2003) (promo EP)
"Face to Face" (2004) (promo EP) #1 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
From Human After All:
"Robot Rock" (2005) #32 UK, #30 Hot Dance Music/Club Play
"Technologic" (2005) #40 UK
"Human After All" (2005) (promo EP)
"The Prime Time of Your Life" (2006)
*note: Credit for information is given to Wikipedia & picture credit goes to Google.
A lot of people I come across in real life, say they don't know Daft Punk, but then I ask them if they like the song 'One More Time' and they say they love it. I dislike how people don't know Daft Punk is the one who made that wonderful song. I don't know why, but it annoys me so much. As far as I know, I first got into Daft Punk because of that song. I might've heard one of their other earlier songs and didn't know it at the time.. mostly because I was too young to know. *shrugs*
It also strikes me funny that nobody really knows the song 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' but they play a game called 'Kitten Canons' which at the beginning of the game, plays the opening of the same song. There is also this blonde anime girl from some anime, I don't remember which, but she's dancing in a loop song thing to the main chorus of the same song as well. And there is also a game on albinoblacksheep's site with Napoleon Dynamite and you can choose which song they have up to have him dance to, which is also another loop song thing and the same song is on there. I've seen all of them and I'm pretty sure there are more out there. x_X Daft Punk is used a lot and nobody knows it and/or who they are.
So come on in and let's talk Daft Punk. biggrin