Daft Punk has split up after their 28-year career. The French electronic music duo announced their retirement on Monday (Feb. 22) with a video called “Epilogue.” The clip shows the pair — comprised of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — wearing their signature robot helmets and walking through the desert.
Around the two-minute mark, one member removes his jacket, revealing an energy pack on his back. The other member presses a button on the pack that causes both of them to explode. The video closes with a shot of the horizon as a choral version of “Touch” from their 2013 album Random Access Memories plays in the background.
Daft Punk formed in Paris in 1993 and released their debut album, Homework, in 1997. The album went on to be regarded as a landmark project in dance music and was followed up by 2001’s Discovery. The six-time Grammy Award winners went on to release two more albums and scored the soundtrack for 2010’s Tron: Legacy.
In 2013, Daft Punk famously joined forces with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers for their mega-hit, “Get Lucky.” Three years later, the duo guested on The Weeknd’s “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming.”
A sample of their song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” was also used in Kanye West’s Graduation cut, “Stronger.” In 2008, the pair made a surprise appearance at the Grammys alongside Kanye, which was billed as their first-ever TV performance.
On Twitter, many fans paid tribute to Daft Punk’s acclaimed career and thanked them for their music.
“The group that arguably made everyone an electronic music fan including myself,” one fan tweeted. “Thank you Daft Punk for the countless classics that I’ll forever have on replay.”
See more reactions from fans and Daft Punk’s “Epilogue” video below.
Daft punk breaking up hits hard. I found their music on Cartoon Network when I was like 12 becuz they played the Harder better faster stronger music vid. Fell in love w them saw them live at their first Coachella performance. Thank u for all the music & inspiration— dillonfrancis (@DillonFrancis) February 22, 2021
Daft punk didn’t have to go & break my heart on a Monday morning. pic.twitter.com/JYTLjnk11i— Amanda (@HaiiAmanda_) February 22, 2021
Thank you to Daft Punk for making beautiful art for 28 years. You made us better. Faster. Stronger. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/AjoQnW54jM— Erika Ishii (@erikaishii) February 22, 2021
Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams, Niles Rodgers pic.twitter.com/Sed4CxrINV— GYPSY VIBIN (@GypsyVibing) February 22, 2021