Daft Punk Unmasked – 30 Facts You Didn’t Know

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David Bowie once personally rang their studio to ask them to remix one of his songs. They politely declined.

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Melody Maker’s review of their first band Darlin’ gave them their name. It described their song ‘Cindy, So Loud’ as “a daft punky thrash.”

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The robotic pair once appeared in a Gap advert with Juliette Lewis, soundtracked by ‘Digital Love’.

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They also appeared in a big budget Adidas advert alongside the likes of David Beckham and Snoop Dogg, set in the Mos Eisley cantina from Star Wars.

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James Murphy referenced the band on two LCD Soundsystem tracks. On ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’, but also on ‘Losing My Edge’ where he claims to be the first DJ to “play Daft Punk to the rock kids.”

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In an episode of Flight Of The Choncords, a music video for the song ‘Robots’ is shot with homemade robot costumes fashioned by the band’s manager, Murray. Jemaine comments, “It doesn’t look like Daft Punk. We wanted ones like Daft Punk.”

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Disco Stu on The Simpsons once wore his own Daft Punk helmet.

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On HBO’s Girls, Marnie sang her own take on Kanye West’s Daft Punk collaboration ‘Stronger’. It was utterly cringe-worthy.

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Daft Punk made a surprise guest appearance during the encore of Phoenix’s 20 October 2010 show at Madison Square Garden. They played a medley of ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ and ‘Around the World’ before the song segued into Phoenix’s song ‘1901’.

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Daft Punk made a surprise appearance at the Grammys in 2008. The duo appeared with Kanye West to perform a reworked version of ‘Stronger’, making the first televised live performance by the duo in their career.

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‘Daft Hands’, a fan-made video set to ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’, has been viewed over 56 million times.

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All of Daft Punk’s most recent outfits have been designed by Hedi Slimane of fashion label Saint Laurent.

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Daft Punk’s latest album ‘Random Access Memories’ is 74 minutes long, the same length as a standard CD album.

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Guy-Man describes Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’ as being a key inspiration for Daft Punk. He told Melody Maker it was: “one of the first to set off an explosion in our heads.”

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Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo is rumoured to be of aristocratic stock, and his ancestors are thought to have ridden against Henry V at Agincourt.

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They were fans of Barry Manilow in their youth. Guy-Man told an interviewer: “Too many bands want to look cool, they won’t admit what they really liked. We like everything; we don’t care.”

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The original ‘Discovery’ era robot helmets are said to have cost $65,000 to produce. They were both capable of displaying text and animations.

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