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A Collaborative History with Daft Punk

on May 14, 2013, 6:27pm
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Darlin’ – 1992

Before Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter donned their helmets to become Daft Punk, and prior to Laurent Brancowitz joining his younger brother Christian Mazzalai to complete Phoenix, there was Darlin’. Formed in 1992, Bangalter slapped the bass, de Homem-Christo commanded the guitar, and Brancowitz attacked the drums for the Beach Boys-inspired rock group. Releasing just four original songs (which hit the shelves via compilation albums from the Duophonic and Banana Split imprints) and only making two live appearances, Darlin’ would most likely have been forgotten in the annals of time if the members hadn’t gone onto more grandiose endeavors. And as legend has it, if it wasn’t for a negative Melody Maker review that dubbed Darlin’s music “a daft punky thrash”, there may have never been a Daft Punk. -Derek Staples

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