Daft Punk are breaking up after 28 years and we have questions.

Well, this is a bummer for a Monday. After 28 years together, Daft Punk have called it a day. And they made the announcement in an appropriately strange way.

Instead of a boring press release, they posted an eight-minute clip they call “Epilogue” from their 2006 film, Electroma. Two robots–representing Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, obviously–walk into the desert. One gets blown up. Then we see two robot hands with the timestamp “1993-2021.”

Reps for the band have confirmed the breakup, but no reason was given.

What does this mean? Daft Punk has always been mysterious. We have questions:

  1. Could it be that they will reconstitute in a different form?
  2. Are solo projects by one or both members in the offing?
  3. Is one member unable/unwilling to continue the partnership?
  4. Why does only one member blow up in the video?
  5. Why is that explosion triggered by the other member?
  6. Why use a clip that’s 15 years old? Was this always the plan?
  7. Why now?
  8. Since we don’t know what the members look like, why not just hand things over to a new generation? Who would be the wiser?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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