Daft Punk

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Many viewers of the 2014 Grammy Awards were surprised and confused when two robots took the stage to receive awards. The musical group Daft Punk was a mystery to most watching. As many believed, the duo are not actually robots, but two french men. They find that their robot personas bring more attention to themselves and their music than their normal faces do. They play a wide range of electronic music, and have won several awards for it. Daft Punk has had quite the effect on pop culture with a large following, but many people have not actually heard of them. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, two french men, have been friends since their teenage years, and were once in a band called “Darlin’” with Laurent Brancowitz – guitarist of the French band, Phoenix – before forming Daft Punk. The band finally got a name when an English man who heard their performance said their music was a bunch of “daft punky trash.” In 1993, the band's first single called “The New Wave” was released; it was then edited again and re-released as “Alive”, which became very popular in the EDM (electronic dance music) scene. With their first album, Homework, came popularity. The two had never wanted to be in the public eye; they always wore some sort of mask in interviews, photo shoots, and concerts - they even went so far as to put black bags over their heads in an interview in Iceland (Icelandic ‘Bagged’ interview with Daft Punk). Before the band released its Discovery album, the two decided to reinvent their image. Daft Punk then created robot personas, claiming that an accident had occurred while the two were mixing tracks. Supposedly, on September 9, 1999, the “9999 bug” corrupted their hardware. “We were doing a track and our sampler cras... ... middle of paper ... ...ll, Zack. "Daft Punk open up in exclusive interview with French magazine; ‘We make music for the fans’." Dancing Astronaut. N.p., 19 Apr. 2013. Web. 2 May 2014. . "Icelandic ‘Bagged’ interview with Daft Punk." the daft club. N.p., 13 Feb 2014. Web. 2 May 2014. . Martin, Piers. "Daft Punk: The Birth of The Robots | Thump." Thump. N.p., 3 Dec. 2013. Web. 2 May 2014. . Johnson, Hayes. "A Visual History of Daft Punk’s Helmets." The Daft Club. N.p., 2014. Web. 2 May 2014. . "Daft Punk." IMDb. IMDb.com, 2014. Web. 2 May 2014. .
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