Column: Daft Punk’s breakup conjures memories


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Daft Punk, the French dance and pop group that had a huge hit with “Get Lucky,” has broken up.

Dominick Ditoro, Staff Writer

I can remember driving in the car with my dad, listening to Daft Punk on the way to my baseball games. 

When Daft Punk broke up this morning after 28 years of being a band, I took it personally.

Daft Punk has given me some amazing memories from my childhood. I still remember the first time hearing my dad play their songs through his car speakers, feeling the bass and hearing the electronics flowing like cool wind. 

Some of my favorite songs were “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” “Lose Yourself to Dance,” and “Get Lucky.” These songs take me back to simpler times, when I was younger and the only worries in life were who I was going to hang out with when I got home and who the line leader was in fifth grade. 

Daft Punk gives me this sort of nostalgia that I don’t get from many other artists from Daft Punk’s prime years of 2006 to 2014. They were the most mysterious, interesting, and incredible people to me, and back then I did not even know what their faces looked like. 

I remember their face reveal in 2014 after they won their fifth Grammy for Random Access Memories, the most notable album of the 15 they have released. It was so amazing to see their faces for the first time. They were superheroes. 

Daft Punk, even though they have not released a new album since 2013, were still doing things behind the scenes. 

They co-produced several songs from Kanye West’s Yeezus album, and collaborated with The Weeknd on “Starboy,” which was one of the biggest hits of 2016. So even though they were not producing their own music, they were still dramatically affecting the music industry. This is amazing to me. 

Daft Punk created a credible and dominant lifestyle for 28 years, and will live on forever.