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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Daft Punk

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You probably know that Daft Punk are two French guys who dress like robots and had a small role in ‘Tron: Legacy.’ But did you know that they were originally a trio with one of the guys in Phoenix? It’s one of the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Daft Punk.

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Chris Moorhouse, Getty Images

One of the guys’ dad was a disco producer in the ‘70s



Thomas Bangalter’s father, Daniel Vangarde, was a ’70s-era producer and writer who worked on disco records, mostly in Europe. It’s pretty cool stuff. You can hear his influence in his son’s material.


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Central Press, Hulton Archive

They were originally named after a Beach Boys song



In the early ’90s, before they formed Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo led a band called Darlin’, which was named after a 1967 Beach Boys song. They’re fans.


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William Vanderson, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

They took their name from one of their early, bad reviews



A review of Darlin’ in Melody Maker referred to the group as “daft punky thrash.” So Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo disbanded their old group and formed a new one.


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Christopher Polk, Getty Images

They were originally a trio with one of the guys in Phoenix



When they were in a rock band called Darlin’, Thomas Bangalter played bass, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo was on guitar and Laurent Brancowitz played drums. He later joined Phoenix as a guitar player.


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They didn’t wear any costumes during early performances



Back when they first started playing EDM as Daft Punk, the duo didn’t wear their famous robot costumes. Very early performances didn’t include any set outfits. They started wearing masks after their debut album.


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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

They didn’t start wearing their helmets until their second album



After their second album, 2001’s ‘Discovery,’ was released, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo began sporting their famous robot helmets to take on a futuristic persona.


LCD Soundsystem Daft Punk Are Playing at My House

LCD Soundsystem wrote two songs about them



New York City band LCD Soundsystem referenced Daft Punk in their 2002 debut single, ‘Losing My Edge.’ Three years later, they released ‘Daft Punk Is Playing at My House’ on their first album.


Flight of the Cocnhords

Their robot costumes were mocked on ‘Flight of the Conchords’



In an episode of the hipster comedy ‘Flight of the Conchords,’ the New Zealand indie-folk duo made a video for a song featuring shoddy-looking robots. “It doesn’t look like Daft Punk,” they lament.


Daft Coke

They have their own Coca-Cola line



In 2011, Coca-Cola produced and distributed a limited-edition bottle, available only in France, designed by the duo and based on their robot costumes. The bottles were called Daft Coke.


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Neilson Barnard, Getty Images

They made parts of their new album in the studio where the Muppets recorded



Sections of ‘Random Access Memories’ were recorded at Henson Recording Studios, where the Muppets song ‘Rainbow Connection’ was made. That song’s author, Paul Williams, sings ‘Memories” ‘Touch.’


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