Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo
Born in Paris, France, on February 8, 1974, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo joined with friend Thomas Bangalter to become iconic dance/electronica duo Daft Punk. The Grammy-winning pair released the lauded albums Homework and Discovery and had hits like "Around the World," "One More Time" and "Digital Love." Daft Punk had its first U.S. No. 1 album with 2013's Random Access Memories, led by the single "Get Lucky."
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo was born in Paris, France, on February 8, 1974, to parents who ran an ad agency. He is the great-grandson of Portuguese writer Francisco Manuel Homem Cristo (Filho). De Homem-Christo met his friend and future musical partner Thomas Bangalter while the two were eighth-grade students at Lycée Carnot. Inspired by Italian disco after a class trip to Pompeii, the two soon made their first song together.
Bangalter and de Homem-Christo eventually rocked out in the indie band Darlin'. The group's single, a cover of a Beach Boys song, was panned in a British review that contained a phrase that inspired the name they would use as dance-based artists—Daft Punk.
Acclaimed Albums: 'Homework' and 'Discovery'
After releasing their first single in 1993—"The New Wave"—and having a hit with the track "Da Funk," the duo made their full-length album debut with 1997's Homework, a propulsive, critically acclaimed collection which also featured "Around the World." They followed up four years later with 2001's Discovery, which many consider another seminal album full of innovative sampling work featuring the joyous "One More Time" and bouncy, whimsical "Digital Love." The duo also put forth a collection of remixes, Daft Club (2003).
Robot Masks and 'Tron'
Aesthetically, the Daft Punk duo are known for masking their faces with superhero-inspired robot helmets, evoking a "sci-fi glam" look, as Bangalter said in a 2013 Rolling Stone interview. Both opt to wear the masks so that more attention can be paid to their work as opposed to who they are. De Homem-Christo is regarded as the quieter part of the duo, giving essential feedback to Bangalter and having a wonderful ear for sound and melody.
In 2005, the duo released the album Human After All, and more than two years later dropped the live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Its version of "Harder Better Faster Stronger" also won for Best Dance Recording. Daft Punk later made a foray into soundtrack work (including a movie cameo) with the 2010 sequel Tron: Legacy.
2013 became a banner year for the duo with the release of Random Access Memories in May. The album, with its fusion of warm soul/dance and electronic sounds, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts, the first of the band's albums to do so after a two-decade career. And the groovy lead single "Get Lucky," co-written by Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, reached the top five on the pop charts. Additional members of the musical cast of Memories include Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, Paul Williams and Giorgio Moroder.
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