Biographic by Steve McGarry for July 07, 2013
Biographic written and illustrated by Steve McGarry Daft Punk Having met at school in Paris, France, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter teamed up iwth Laurent Brancowitz to form the guitar band Darlin' in 1992. An early review dubbed their sound "Daft Punky Trash" - and when Laurent moved on to join the band Phoenix, Guy-Manuel and Thomas modified the phrase for the name of their new electronic music project. The duo's debut album, 1997's "Homework," yielded the Grammy-nominated "Da Funk" single, which was used in the movie "The Saint." Their second album, "Discovery," was a top 10 hit in a number of countries. Shunning the traditional star concept, they initially donned masks for public appearances, but soon adopted a futuristic cyborg look, donning elaborate, LED-illuminated helmets, leather jackets and metallic gloves. Successive releases saw Daft Punk's global popularity continue to grow. Following Grammy wins for the album "Alive 2007" and the single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," the duo composed the soundtrack for the 2010 movie "Tron: Legacy." Daft Punk's rise to superstardom was confirmed earlier this year when the album "Random Access Memories," propelled by the hit "Get Lucky," debuted at the top of the billboard charts and hit the No.1 spot worldwide.