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About Daft Punk

Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo met Thomas Bangalter when they both attended school in Paris in 1987. In 1992, they recorded a song under the name Darling, which in turn found its way onto a compilation single issued on Stereolab's Duophonic label. A review in the UK's Melody Maker described their effort as "a bunch of daft punk", which depressed the pair but unwittingly gave them a name for their next project.

Increasingly influenced by the house sounds filtering across from the UK and the USA, they signed with the Scottish label Soma Records and, in 1994, released the single New Wave. However, it was their 1995 offering, an insanely catchy slice of techno /funk, Da Funk, that really set the Daft Punk bandwagon rolling, especially when the Chemical Brothers spotted its floor-filling potential during their DJ sets.

Bangalter's alter ego, Stardust, was responsible for Music Sounds Better With You, one of the club anthems of 1998. After breaking so much new ground with their debut, the pressure was on the duo to repeat the success with their second album.

Discovery proved to be a far more commercial outing, allaying the hard house grooves of the debut with plenty of highly melodic retro synth-pop. Stand-out tracks One More Time (featuring Romanthony), Digital Love and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger were immediately hailed as new classics.