Metal-heads have taken over the Grammys, and no, I’m not talking about Metallica and Lang Lang.
Daft Punk, in all their robo-themed glory, won every category they were nominated in, which is no small feat, considering they were up for 5. Their album Random Access Memories won Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, and Best Engineered Album. Their Song “Get Lucky” also won Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
After being on the music scene for nearly 20 years and dishing out masterpieces like “Around the World,” “One More Time,” and “Technologic,” Daft Punk finally succeeded in showing the Grammy community the light (which gleams oh so majestically off their futuristic metallic helmets).
And there’s really no denying that “Get Lucky” and Random Access Memories were some of the most refreshing bits of music to come out in 2013. It’s a shame then that most people had never heard of Daft Punk until just this year. In light of their recent success, many are asking, just who exactly is Daft Punk, and why are they dressed like space men.
Allow me to enlighten you.
Daft Punk is a French electronic/house (techno for those of you not familiar with the genre) Duo, and have been around since the mid ’90s. They are composed of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
Their first album Homework was released in 1997, and is largely credited for bringing electronic music closer to the mainstream.
Their second album, Discovery, was released in 2001, and was met with enormous critical success. The song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” from that album also won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, and was sampled on Kanye West’s hit, “Stronger.”
In 2005, Daft Punk released their third album Human After All. Despite some success with singles like “Technologic,” it was met with mixed reviews, and was the last studio album Daft Punk made until the release of Random Access Memories in 2013.
Daft Punk released a live concert album in 2007 called Alive 2007, which received a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album. They also did the score for Disney’s Tron: Legacy, which came out in 2010.
As to why they wear the helmets, the taller Daft Punk member, Thomas Bangalter, said that “nobody cared who I was until I put on the mask.” Er, wait… that was actually a quote from Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (Sorry. I couldn’t resist).
Actually, Daft Punk has stated on several occasions that they wear the masks to conceal their identities. When they wear their helmets, everybody sees them as Daft Punk, but whenever they take them off, they become just like anybody else. They can go out in public without being ambushed by fans and paparazzi, and enjoy absolutely normal lives. In a way, they’re like real life superheroes, minus the crime fighting part.
They can enjoy being famous without having to deal with the problems of being famous! Plus, those helmets make for some seriously good branding. How brilliant is that?!
Anyway, to celebrate Daft Punk’s winning night at the Grammys, I thought I’d link a few of their more memorable music videos. Check it out!
This is their first big hit from Homework, “Around the World.” Don’t let the repetitive lyrics stop you from watching this video. The vid is probably one of the better ones from the ’90s.
Instead of making a music videos for individual songs, Daft Punk decided to make an Anime movie for the whole album, Discovery, called Interstella 5555. This is the part of the movie that features the song “One More Time.” I’m not a huge fan of the movie (although I might like it better if the mouths matched the lyrics), but the song itself is great!
This video for “Technologic” is downright creepy! Rumor has it, the robot doll is actually Chucky from Child’s Play without his skin.
This is a snippet of the Alive 2007 concert. The Songs featured are “Around The World,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” and “Television Rules The Nation.”
This is Kanye West’s “Stronger.” Cool vid. Cool song. Really cool Daft Punk Cameos.
This is the a cappella group, Pentatonix’s, tribute to Daft Punk. Every sound, from the bass to the synth noises, are made with their mouths. It is really pretty cool, and whether you’re a Daft Punk fan or not, it is worth watching.