The week is kicking off with some difficult news for music fans around the world, as the beloved electronic music duo known as Daft Punk has made the decision to break up. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are going their separate ways now, leaving the robot heads and futuristic costumes in their rear view mirrors. Daft Punk announced the split on Monday morning, posting a video called "Epilogue" to their social media channels. Following the posting of the video, the band's publicist confirmed the split.
In the video, the two members of Daft Punk are seen walking through a desert, donning black jumpsuits and their classic helmets. As they walk, one of them struggles to keep up and eventually stops. The two members face each other and the one that stopped takes off his "Daft Punk" labeled jumpsuit, revealing a controller panel to his partner. The second member flips a switch in the panel which begins a countdown, and the other member walks as far as he can in the other direction. The countdown ends with an explosion, leaving just one member left. You can watch the full video at the top of the page.
Daft Punk created numerous memorable and iconic hits over the years, including "One More Time," "Get Lucky," and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." In addition to their radio hits, Daft Punk created one of the most unique-sounding film scores in recent memory, putting together the soundtrack for Disney's Tron: Legacy. The one-of-a-kind sound of Daft Punk helped build the virtual world of Tron and it became synonymous with the franchise itself.
There is supposed to be a third Tron movie in the works, with Jared Leto potentially set to star. Decision-makers at Disney had been vocal about their hopes to get Daft Punk back in the fold for the threequel, but it now appears that won't be happening.
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