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Electronic Music Duo Daft Punk Announces Split After Nearly 3 Decades


Their first album produced hits that went global.


DAFT PUNK: (Singing) Around the world, around the world.

SHAPIRO: They came back even harder.


DAFT PUNK: (Singing) Harder, better, faster, stronger.

SHAPIRO: And over the course of 28 years, they were more than fortunate.


PHARRELL WILLIAMS: (Singing) I’m up all night to get lucky.

SHAPIRO: Well, today, the French electronic music duo Daft Punk announced they’re breaking up. The group was one of the biggest dance music acts of all time. Music journalist Simon Reynolds joins us to remember Daft Punk and their signature robot head masks.

Good to have you here.

SIMON REYNOLDS: Nice to be with you.

SHAPIRO: First, I have to ask how seriously you take this breakup announcement because there have been musical acts that announce they’re dissolving. Then they get back together, or it turns out to be a PR stunt. Daft Punk says this is the end. Do you believe it?

REYNOLDS: You know, there’s always the chance that someone will make them an offer they can’t refuse, and they’ll reform. And it’ll be a huge deal. But I think in a funny sort of way, they have quite a serious group. They take what they do seriously, even though a lot of it’s very fun and sort of camp and that – there’s a lot of ideas behind it.

And I think they have probably run out of directions to go with their music. Their last album came out 2013, and it kind of completed a circle for them. They started out very sample-based, using loops from, you know, disco records and all this great

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