One of the many bands influenced by electronica pioneers Kraftwerk, Daft Punk formed in the 1990s and had an immediate impact on the club scene. The French duo of Thomas Bangalter and the wonderfully monikered Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo successfully infused their electronic dance music with flavours as diverse as the funk of George Clinton and Primal Scream’s Screamadelica. Although falling squarely under the umbrella of EDM, Daft Punk albums have a diversity of sound and exploratory approach that adds to their long-term appeal.
Around the time of their second album, Discovery, the duo began wearing helmets—like futuristic motorbike headgear—for performances and appearances. They have also been famously shy about being interviewed, adding the mystique of anonymity to the brand.
Daft Punk did not lose momentum as they gained success, with 2013 album Random Access Memories being one of their most celebrated and successful. Meanwhile, in 2021, fans worldwide were excited about the twentieth anniversary re-issue of Discovery.