Formed in 1993 by Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter (born 3 January 1975) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (born 8 February 1974), the duo popularized French house music and established many of its elements, to the point where they are sometimes mistakenly credited as having created the genre. Nevertheless, Daft Punk's work definitely furthered the acceptance of electronic music in mainstream culture.
They released four albums, alongside film scores, two films of their own creation and several side projects.
1997's Homework (and its live album counterpart Alive 1997) was a showcase of various flavors of house (French, Chicago, acid) that, alongside music videos from Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry, served as many people's introduction to house music and electronica in general. 2001's Discovery expanded on this sound by combining soul and disco samples with slick production, and would later serve as the score for an anime film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (directed by the legendary Leiji Matsumoto, a childhood hero of the band).
2005's Human After All was a minimalistic, industrial-influenced album; early attempts to film music videos led to the content being expanded into a feature-length art film, Daft Punk's Electroma, which eschewed use of the album's music to explore its Central Theme of the duality of man and machine. While its repetitive sound divided fans and critics, public opinions warmed up thanks to their second live album, Alive 2007, which recontextualized their first three albums by heading deep into mashup territory in a never-before-seen stage show consisting of a massive glowing pyramid surrounded by a blinding array of lasers and neon lights — a template used since by many musicians from all genres.
2013's Random Access Memories served as a love letter to the soul, funk and R&B albums of the '70s and '80s that the band grew up on, and saw ample collaboration with their longtime heroes, including disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, singer-songwriter Paul Williams, Chic guitarist/songwriter Nile Rodgers, and several internationally renowned musicians and session players, like Nathan East and John "J.R." Robinson.
Also notable are several contributions that are often overlooked by casual observers. The group was tapped by Disney to score TRON: Legacy in 2010; their end product, evocative of electronic music of the '70s and '80s, was made in line with (and as a tribute to) Wendy Carlos' original score for TRON.
They're also known for their individual work. Thomas Bangalter has produced many dance recordings under his own name and aliases, including the (very-short-lived) supergroup Stardust, which scored an international hit with "Music Sounds Better with You". He is friends with film director Gaspar Noé, scoring Irréversible, assisting with the sound design of Enter the Void, and providing two songs to the soundtrack of Climax. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo also produced Kavinsky's hit song "Nightcall" (best known for its usage in Drive), as well as Sebastien Tellier's album Sexuality.
Daft Punk additionally co-produced for other artists in later years; they contributed to four songs on Kanye West's Yeezus, and they have featuring credits on Pharrell Williams' single "Gust of Wind" and The Weeknd's "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming". The duo also contributed eleven mixes for the Guitar Hero Spin-Off, DJ Hero, as well as being playable characters in the latter.
Finally, Daft Punk embody being The Faceless, having spent the bulk of their careers shrouding themselves in secrecy by appearing in public with masks on. Their most famous masks are the robot costumes they debuted for Discovery, which were progressively updated during each era of their career since. As the page quote suggests, the choice for secrecy was deliberate: it allows the band to enjoy their personal lives while making their music strictly about itself and audience satisfaction, not about themselves. Apart from some very early press photos, Daft Punk allowed a sculptor to carve their likenesses as full-size human statues, and even chose to do it without helmets, so any further speculation about their identities could be answered by the sculptures.
On February 22, 2021, the duo's publicist revealed that Daft Punk had split up, marking the end of a 28-year partnership. The announcement was accompanied by a short film fittingly titled "Epilogue", which is taken from the ending of Daft Punk's Electroma. Neither Thomas nor Guy-Manuel have stated the reason for the split; however, friend and collaborator Todd Edwards has stated that both remain active separately.
A year after the news, the duo broke their silence to announce 25th-anniversary special editions of Homework and Alive 1997 on social media, also streaming a recording of a 1997 show — with both members unmasked — on Twitch.
- Homework (1997)
- Discovery (2001)
- Alive 1997 (live album; 2001)
- Human After All (2005)
- Alive 2007 (live album; 2007)
- TRON: Legacy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (film score; 2010)
- Random Access Memories (2013)
Daft Punk provides examples of the following tropes:
- Aerith and Bob: Their names are Guillaume Emmanuel ("Guy-Manuel", or just "Guy-Man") de Homem-Christo... and Thomas Bangalter.
- Album Title Drop:
- The spoken lines of "WDPK 83.7 FM": "WDPK 83.7, the sound of tomorrow, the music of today, brings you exclusively Daft Punk's Homework."
- "Fragments of Time" from ''Random Access Memories" gets close when it mentions "random memories".
- all lowercase letters: Their name is rendered this way on their logo and album covers.
- Animated Music Video: Interstella 5555 is essentially a glorified one of these, along with all of the Discovery music videos which were derived from it.
- Appropriated Appellation: They're named after a disparaging review of their previous band (a garage rock band called Darlin', where the reviewer described its songs as "a daft punky thrash").
- Arc Number: 9.
- Arc Symbol: For Human After All, a television. There was one on the album cover, one on every single cover, and songs such as "Television Rules the Nation" and "On/Off" continued the trend.
- Audience Participation Song:
- Author Tract:
- Their film Interstella 5555 is basically a gigantic middle finger to the celebrity system and the corporate world's exploitation of artists, which fits Daft Punk's core philosophies quite well.
- It can be argued that Electroma has one as well, if anyone could figure it out.
- Awesome McCoolname:
- Behold: Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem-Christo!
- And... Thomas. However, this is French, so the s is silent and no syllable is more stressed than the other! Everything sounds more awesome in French!
- Body Horror: The music video for "The Prime Time of Your Life".
- Broken Record: The vast majority of their earlier work involve some melody or vocal sample repeated to a humongous extent. Take "Around the World" for example, which repeats the title 144 times.
- "The Prime Time of Your Life" has a unique variation. At the two-minute mark, a beat is established that loops throughout the song. However, it gradually gets faster over time until it devolves into a mechanical whir at the very end.
- Brown Note: Bangalter wrote the film score for Irréversible and reportedly loaded the soundtrack up with low-frequency infrasonics in order to disturb the audience.
- Call-Back: The design of the back cover track listing of Human After All is identical to that of Discovery.
- The Cameo:
- Central Theme: The connections and differences between robots and humans.
- The opening of Alive 2007 has two robotic voices chanting "ROBOT" and "HUMAN" at each other.
- Human After All dives into this topic. The album seems to alternate between the two but shows more focus on the robot/technological side musically and thematically ("Brainwasher", "Steam Machine", "Technologic", "Robot Rock", "On/Off", "Television Rules the Nation") with some exceptions. Halfway through the album, it decides to take a break with the downbeat and mellow "Make Love", and it comes full circle at the very end with "Emotion".
- This picture◊ of the duo has the word "HUMAN" written on Thomas's helmet visor.
- Daft Punk's Electroma has their robot characters attempting to use disguises to become human. It backfires horribly.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Their "Touch It/Technologic" mix during the Alive 2007 tour had the robot voice dropping one of these by splicing different phrases together.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Downplayed, but when the duo appears in their "standard" outfits, Thomas' helmet is silver, and Guy-Man's is golden.
- Cool Helmet: Their signature visual image, and a core part of their identity.
- Creepy Changing Painting: In their official audio version of "Get Lucky", they use the album cover of the group playing their instruments and dancing in front of the setting sun. At the 2:20 mark, they suddenly start dancing and playing their instruments, then stop 15 seconds later, but in slightly different poses than they had at the start of the video.
- Darker and Edgier: Human After All. Its songs had a lot more of a rock influence, and a grittier, more abrasive sound overall. Some of the music videos were downright terrifying.
- Downer Ending:
- The music video for "The Prime Time of Your Life" ends with Melody being so insecure about her weight (while perceiving everyone else as a skeleton) that she skins herself and presumably dies afterwards. Her parents find her body, after which we see that everyone that she perceived as a skeleton was actually normal-looking the whole time.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Guy-Manuel in his earlier years. He was even mistaken for Thomas' girlfriend in one instance.
- Dystopia: "Human After All" seems to evoke this worldview; it uses minimalism, emotional detachment and repetition to assert that with our reliance of technology, dystopia may not just be a thing of the future, but it may already be here.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After many years in the business, Daft Punk finally got a US Top 40 hit with 2013's "Get Lucky". The thing is, a veteran music act scoring its first Top 40 hit in the 2010s is almost unheard of. (In fact, the last time this happened was with Weezer and "Beverly Hills". And that was in 2005.) And to top it off, "Get Lucky" would win Record of the Year and Random Access Memories would win Album of the Year at the 2014 Grammys. (Though the Grammys have no problem recognizing veteran music acts.)
- And in 2016, they would finally score a #1 hit (in the U.S.) by producing and being featured on The Weekend's "Starboy".
- Epic Instrumental Opener: Inverted on Alive 2007. It starts with two voices chanting "ROBOT" and "HUMAN" back and forth at each other, getting faster and faster, before segueing into the largely-instrumental "Robot Rock".
- Epic Rocking:
- "Too Long", the finale of Discovery, which is ten minutes long.
- "Giorgio by Moroder" and "Touch" from Random Access Memories are over 8 minutes long and go through several musical styles.
- Many tracks on Homework are five to seven minutes long, including the uncut version of "Around the World".
- Their "The Prime Time of Your Life / Brainwasher / Rollin' & Scratchin' / Alive" mashup is their longest song, clocking at 10:22.
- Human After All closes with the 7-minute long "Emotion".
- Every Episode Ending: Inverted; each music video for a Human After All song starts with a TV outline appearing and the phrase "SPECIAL PRESENTATION" appearing inside the TV.
- The Faceless: The duo are famous for their refusal to allow ANYONE to see their true faces. Even before they started wearing their robot helmets, when they were just two French guys during their first tour, they were described as "incredibly shy," which might have something to do with their general reclusiveness.
- Interviews are a mixed bag. The two did interviews promoting Daft Punk's Electroma with hoods over their heads, and during the pre-production of TRON: Legacy, they actually met the Director at a Los Angeles pancake house ... while wearing their robot suits! On the other hand, for a GQ profile promoting Random Access Memories they were without their robot suits and were able to blend in public perfectly.
- A later helmetless picture was posted to Facebook by another electronic band, The Knocks, in June 2013. They were ultimately forced to take it down, though the image is still visible.◊
- Fading into the Next Song:
- The first few songs from Homework all fade into each other.
- Discovery has only a few noticeable song breaks throughout the entire album. (Incidentally, a remix of "Aerodynamic" on the album Daft Club, "Aerodynamic (Daft Punk Remix)", though not an example but likely meant to take this further, takes the lyrics of "One More Time" and adds them to "Aerodynamic", with the two having been examples of the previously mentioned trope originally.)
- Being a live DJ set, Alive 2007 is chock full of these.
- Fake-Out Fade-Out:
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: The opening of "Aerodynamic".
- Freak Lab Accident: Legend tells that when the pair were working on a sampler on September 9th, 1999, at exactly 9:09 AM, their studio exploded. When they came to, they were robots.
- Fun Personified: As can be seen in the quote above, they take the enjoyment of their fans very seriously. Their iconic robot look is a way for fans to immerse themselves into the music. When they finally agreed to perform at Coachella, they kept on asking for more of their fee in advance to build the now iconic pyramid set.note
- Fun with Acronyms: A DVD of the music videos for Homework was released with the title D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen and Tomatoes. Aside from spelling "Daft", this references elements of the videos themselves — Charles, the anthropomorphic dog main character in "Da Funk" and "Fresh", the robots in "Around the World", the firefighters in "Burnin'", and the tomatoes in "Revolution 909".
- Genre Roulette: Random Access Memories, while listed as "Pop" on iTunes, toys around with many different genres and genre influences between songs. "Give Life Back to Music", "Lose Yourself to Dance" and "Get Lucky" are disco, while other songs like "Giorgio by Moroder" and "Contact" are more influenced by electronica, though with some live instrumentation. "Doin' it Right", and "Fragments of Time" fall squarely into soft rock, while "Instant Crush" is a more electronic take on the alternative rock music of singer Julian Casablacas in The Strokes. Their collaboration with Paul Williams, "Touch," is a roulette game by itself, mixing disco, pop, roadhouse piano, a children's choir, and sci-fi psychedelia.
- Genre Throwback: While Daft Punk have always toyed with this idea, Random Access Memories was the first time that they actually sounded like their heroes from The '70s. The album features Nile Rodgers of disco band Chic and Giorgio Moroder (disco producer most known for creating Donna Summer's best works). The session musicians used for the album were given music by Electric Light Orchestra, Supertramp and Michael McDonald as reference points, and it shows.
- Gratuitous Panning: "WDPK 83.7 FM" has a vocoded voice saying "music" that is repeatedly panned between the right and left ears.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: Or for a House Duo — the phrase "daft punk" originally appeared in a negative review of their former band (see Appropriated Appellation above).
- Hell-Bent for Leather: During their Human After All era, the duo was most frequently seen wearing leather jackets and pants.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The duo has known each other since grade school and are seemingly the closest of friends after all these years. There's a big d'awww factor in that as well. Case in point, when they won the Best Album award at the 2014 Grammys, the first thing the robots did was hug each other for a good few seconds before heading onstage.
- There's a reason the first album was called Homework. Further, one of the songs on Human After All is called "Robot Rock" — Kraftwerk's preferred term for techno.
- "Teachers" is this. It's a List Song of Daft Punk's influences as musicians.
- Both Discovery and Random Access Memories can be seen as a Homage to the music of the late '70s and early '80s, but the two albums take very different approaches. Discovery makes extensive use of samples of disco and post-disco songs, while Random Access Memories uses a live band and vintage electronics to recreate the original sound.
- Iconic Item: Their robot helmets.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Well, Album Naming — Alive 1997 and Alive 2007.
- Idiosyncratic Cover Art / Minimalistic Cover Art:
- Their first three studio album covers simply read "Daft Punk" on front of a fairly simple image. The actual album title is nowhere in sight. Reversed with the cover for Random Access Memories, which contains only the actual album title and a composite shot of both robots' helmets.◊
- In addition, all the singles from Human After All ("Human After All"◊, "Technologic"◊, "Robot Rock"◊, and "The Prime Time of Your Life"◊) all have similar cover art: a picture on a television screen. They also all have the group's name in the top left and the song title in the top right, all in the same font and color.
- Incredibly Long Note:
- At the two minute mark of "The Prime Time of Your Life", the robotic voice that has been repeatedly chanting the lyrics ("The prime time of your life / Now / Live it") then says the song title once more, only the I sound in "life" gets stretched out for a good 20 seconds and gradually dissolves into the beat.
- The opening guitar section in "Fresh" ends with a note that is held out for quite a long time as the song's beat fades in.
- Intercourse with You: "Get Lucky". The funny thing is that almost no one knew the song's meaning... yet.
- The Invisible Band: They've made a habit of never appearing in-person in their videos; in addition, they always wear full-body costumes at every public appearance, including live performances. Occasionally though, you might get a quick cameo of their signature helmets, such as on a shelf in the video for "Instant Crush", or formed up as nebulae in the video to The Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming" (which they're featured in).
- Kayfabe Music: Their personae as a couple of robots.
- Large Ham: T-Bang. In The Brainwasher: I AM... THE BRAAAAIIIINWAAAAASSSSSHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!
- Last Note Nightmare:
- "The Prime Time of Your Life", although the nightmare starts halfway through the song and continues to the end. The song's beat slowly gets faster until it becomes an unnerving mechanical whir.
- "Contact" starts normally but gradually gets consumed by unnerving noise and distortion. The final minute or so of the song is nothing but distortion.
- Lens Flare: The clip for "Robot Rock" is full of these.
- Lighter and Softer: Random Access Memories is lighter musically, though not entirely thematically.
- Limited Lyrics Song: This band seems to like this trope quite a bit.
- "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (Not all of the lyrics are sung in each verse.)Work it harder, Make it better
Do it faster, Makes us stronger
More than ever, Hour after hour
Our work is never over
- "Lose Yourself to Dance" repeats the same verse about 4 times over the course of the 6 minute song. Pharrel Williams is singing the lyrics, but Daft Punk adds some extra lines later into the song as background lyrics.I know you don't get a chance to take a break this often.
I know your life is speeding, and it isn't stopping.
Here, take my shirt and just go ahead and wipe off all the sweat. Sweat. SWEAT.
LOSE YOURSELF TO DANCE!
LOSE YOURSELF TO DANCE!
LOSE YOURSELF TO DANCE!
LOSE YOURSELF TO DANCE!
- "The Brainwasher" qualifies as well.I AM THE BRAINWASHER!
I AM THE BRAINWASHER!
- Also, "Robot Rock".Rock, Robot rock!
Rock, Robot rock!
- "The Prime Time of Your Life". At least, for the first half.THE PRIME TIME OF YOUR LIFE.
- "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (Not all of the lyrics are sung in each verse.)
- List Song: At least two.
- "Teachers", from Homework, is a list of musicians that are their influences, all described as being "in the house".DJ Hell
Dr. Dre's in the house, yeah
Omega in the house...
- "Technologic", from Human After All, lists things that can be done with technology, most ending in "it".Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, trash it, change it, mail, upgrade it
Charge it, point it, zoom it, press it, snap it, work it, quick, erase it...
- "Teachers", from Homework, is a list of musicians that are their influences, all described as being "in the house".
- Live Album: Alive 1997 and Alive 2007.
- Looped Lyrics: Many of them. In particular, most of Human After All.
- Mood Whiplash: The entirety of Human After All, which switches between upbeat and energetic rock and offsetting and disorienting electronica noise. Made even worse with "Make Love" and "Emotion", two extremely calm and almost saddening tracks that sound more fitting to be on a lusher album like Discovery, and not such an abrasive album like Human.
- Motorcycle Jousting: This is the theme of the music video for "Derezzed"; a fictional videogame of this nature.
- New Sound Album: Every album they've done since Homework.
- Homework is techno or house with funk influences.
- Discovery has more synthpop and dance-pop influences.
- Human After All has some rock elements such as electric guitars, which had been uncommon in their music before ("Aerodynamic" notwithstanding).
- Random Access Memories is a Genre Throwback to disco and the early days of electronic music, and features more live instruments and guest vocals instead of say, drum machines and vocoders only.
- One-Way Visor: Their helmets. Or at least, it gives off this effect. An interview reveals they're in fact seeing through pinhole-sized holes in front of their eyes.
- Opening Monologue: "Giorgio by Moroder". Guess who narrates it?
- Pinocchio Syndrome: The plot of Daft Punk's Electroma, possibly.
- Rearrange the Song:
- Alive 2007 is comprised of mashups of songs from all across their discography.
- "Funk Ad", the concluding track on Homework, is merely a minute-long portion of "Da Funk" played backwards.
- Record Producer: The DIY side of it, at least.
- Recurring Riff: The "robot gasping for air" sound from "Technologic" is reused in "Emotion", which is actually the next song on the album (Human After All).
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: As seen in their interviews, Thomas, as the Red Oni, does most on the talking and is very expressive and mischievous while Guy-Man, as the Blue Oni, doesn't talk much and is very reserved and shy.
- Remix Album: Daft Club contains remixes of songs from Discovery, and one song from Homework.
- Robot or Spaceman Alter Ego: Since 2001 and the Discovery era, they've had their now-signature robot aesthetic.
- Rock Opera: Discovery, sorta. It's the soundtrack for Interstella 5555, which is told entirely through that album. It makes no sense as an opera without the movie, though.
- Sampling: As is par for the course, given their genre.
- Notable examples include Breakwater on "Robot Rock", Billy Joel on "High Fidelity" and "Fresh", Barry Manilow on "Superheroes", and lots of other 70s disco, funk, R&B, and soul artists. The most high-profile case of Daft Punk themselves being sampled is probably Kanye West's "Stronger". "Robot Rock" is also a very popular track for up-and-coming rap talent to freestyle over, as well.
- This video shows most if not all of the songs that were sampled in the making of Discovery.
- Random Access Memories notably contains only one sample during "Contact".
- Daft Punk appear as themselves in a cameo in Interstella 5555 at a music awards ceremony, where they lose to the main characters. In case you don't get the significance of that, in a 65-minute video (opening and credits included), they have a five-second cameo, and then they lose to a fake band that's playing their music.
- In a vein similar to the Interstella 5555 cameo, the band make a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance on the TV screen in "The Prime Time of Your Life" among clips of societal ills. Given the nature of the clips shown on the TV and their effect on Melody, this instance of Self-Deprecation is more grim than some other examples.
- Discovery closes with a 10-minute-long track named "Too Long".
- They had this sentence regarding Random Access Memories.Guy-Man: So our new album is supposed to really suck.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Or robots. They wore suits, particularly the sequined ones◊, while promoting Random Access Memories.
- SH Figuarts: Yes, really◊. While they're a case of No Export for You in Japan, they'll be a regular release in North America.
- T-Bang's helmet looks like Gavan's (a.k.a. X-Or in France).
- Guy-Man's looks like a Ride Armor helmet from Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.
- They have a song called "Revolution 909".
- In "The Brainwasher", the repeated lyric "I AM THE BRAINWASHEEERRRR" has the same vocal effects on it as the "I am Iron Man" lyric from Black Sabbath's "Iron Man".
- This picture◊ of the duo miming the famous pose from David Bowie's Heroes album cover.
- The music video for "Instant Crush" is essentially an adaptation of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, with the tin soldier and ballerina reimagined as wax figures at a museum.
- Silence Is Golden: Part of the robot getup is that they're incapable of human speech, and as such, they never actually talk in any of their public appearances. In interviews where they actually do speak, Guy-Man is noted for not saying much. When prodded by an interviewer in 2013 about this, Guy-Man cites this trope almost verbatim as his explanation.
- Spiritual Successor: To Kraftwerk, being a (famously reclusive) electronic band from Europe, who also happen to be robots.
- Spoken Word in Music:
- The autobiography-cum-song "Giorgio by Moroder", in which Moroder himself speaks about his music career.
- From "Revolution 909": "STOP THE MUSIC AND GO HOME! I REPEAT, STOP THE MUSIC AND GO HOME!"
- Stealth Pun: Clocking in at exactly 10 minutes, "Too Long" is the longest studio song the duo has ever recorded.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song:
- "Nightvision" off of Discovery, which serves as an eerily ambient interlude.
- "Make Love" off of Human After All, which serves as a nice and mellow break after the previous four tracks of madness.
- "Emotion" off of the same album, which provides a tearjerker finale while reinforcing the human-robot theme.
- The Random Access Memories Japanese bonus track "Horizon"—though its status as a bonus means it follows the Last Note Nightmare of "Contact".
- Throw the Dog a Bone: The anthropomorphic dog, Charles, who just couldn't catch a break and ended up separated from his Love Interest, Beatrice, in the "Da Funk" video, is shown to have a successful acting career and having reconnected with Beatrice in the "Fresh" video. Daft Punk specifically made this sequel to cheer up people who thought Charles' original fate was depressing.
- Title-Only Chorus:
- "Around the World", which is actually a title-only song. The only words are "around the world/around the world" over and over again.
- Human After All combines this with Single Stanza Song for the duration of the entire album.
- Title Track: On Human After All.
- Together in Death: The ending of the "Instant Crush" video shows the two wax mannequins staring at each other, hands overlapped, melting together in a fire.
- Triumphant Reprise: In the TRON: Legacy OST, "Tron Legacy (End Titles)" is one for "The Grid" (and "Recognizer").
- Tron Lines:
- They've appeared in several concerts with their costumes outlined in red lights, like at the "Alive 2007" in Bercy, or the surprise appearance at the Grammys. And let's not forget the awesome pyramid effects.
- They show up in their usual robot getups in TRON: Legacy, which fits perfectly with the scenery anyway.
- Unplugged Version: They released an unplugged version of "One More Time", performed by Romanthony (the original singer, without vocoder this time) on Daft Club. Despite being labeled as such, it's really only an "unplugged version" in comparison to the original - Romanthony is backed by an electric guitar.
- Ur-Example: For many, Daft Punk is considered as "Future Funk before Future Funk was made", being their music an inspiration for Future Funk artists, and even using some samples of their songs (and even remixes) to create new Future Funk songs. Their 2001 album "Discovery", as well their anime adaptation Interstella 5555, have been marked as references in this Vaporwave sub-genre, not just the music but the anime aesthetics. Also, some music videos used clips from Interstella 5555 are used as well.
- Weight Woe: The video for "The Prime Time of Your Life" plays this in what is probably the most disturbing, graphic way possible.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The relationship between robots and humans is discussed, experimented with, taken apart, compared, and contrasted in their music.
- Zipperiffic: Their outfits circa Human After All.