The ascent Daft Punk into the most upper echelons pop culture royalty is one the most remarkable rises in music history. It is the story two punkish boys (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) from a privileged Parisian life working their way through a subculture dismissed as drug-fueled hedonism who would go on to reach the pinnacle the music industry, receiving its highest honor and a level fan adoration rarely seen outside the standard pop-star mould. And all this without ever showing their faces.
This story, like any, must begin somewhere. And in the case Daft Punk, it all began with their debut album Homework. Exactly 20 years ago today it was given its first physical release, and in spite the myriad musical innovations that have occurred since, time has done little (if anything) to dilute its power to funk you into oblivion.
So to celebrate two full decades one the greatest and most influential electronic albums ever written, here are 10 facts about Daft Punk’s Homework that may surprise you.
1. It Was Written in Thomas Bangalter’s Bedroom
Homework is a dense record, clocking in at 75 minutes and utilizing a smorgasbord electronic instrumentation, particularly by mid-’90s standards...