In case you’ve been living under a (robot) rock for the past few hours, you’ll know that Daft Punk have finally called it a day, 28 years after bursting onto the scene with debut EP The New Wave.
Releasing a cryptic, eight-minute video earlier today entitled Epilogue (in which the Thomas Bangalter robot somewhat disconcertingly blows up), the farewell was finally confirmed.
Truth be told, the self-styled robots appeared to have packed it in a few years back, only resurfacing in 2016 to record Starboy alongside The Weeknd… giving rise to rumours that they would make a surprise appearance at this year’s Super Bowl. But they didn’t.
Now, it’s finally official, and while those of us of a certain age reminisce about the first time we saw Da Funk on MTV, or heard Rollin’ & Scratchin’ through a killer soundsystem, or were lucky enough to catch Messrs Bangalter and de Homem-Christo on one of their few tours (Marlay Park, Dublin, 2006 was a personal highlight), others took to social media to share their memories… with more than a hint of sarcasm.
Here’s a selection of some of the top tweets from today, as the world said goodbye to Daft Punk.
I’m gonna miss #DaftPunk
Thanks for the tunes ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ac6250yLtP
— Dan O Neill (@activedan) February 22, 2021
— BC #NightsKing (@brhnclkr) February 22, 2021
Remembering one of Daft Punk’s greatest moments
My personal favorite is Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
I’m sad they quit : ( pic.twitter.com/zJ8otzsjUj
— The Boiler (REDESIGN CONTEST PINNED) (@_TheBoiler_) February 22, 2021
daft punk really dropped this waited 8 years and broke up 😔 pic.twitter.com/QKDYQ2Ndpn
— sean (@radvillain) February 22, 2021
— Adrian Legg (@memenow) February 22, 2021
— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) February 22, 2021
— Luke Makins (@snakins) February 22, 2021
Lets give a shout-out to Daft Punk for all the hits they made throughout the years pic.twitter.com/xL6xbTCmLR
— Captain Met (Taylor’s Version) (@orientalbleu) February 22, 2021
— Panader (@Panader7) February 22, 2021
That time Thomas tried to go solo in 1947… pic.twitter.com/gzQ4Fqu6QF
— Mark Farina (@djmarkfarina) February 22, 2021