Daft Punk future as mysterious as ever

Have Daft Punk really gone for good? Despite announcing their retirement on Monday, no one should write off the inscrutable pair just yet, say those who have closely followed their career.

“No one’s ever been able to get in their heads. It’s hard to break through those robot helmets,” said Patrice Bardot, author of “Electrorama,” a book on French dance music.

From producing Japanese anime to making their own strange cult film, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have thrown plenty of interesting curve-balls since first taking over dancefloors in the 1990s.


Few believe the robots have permanently left Earth’s orbit.

“Stars are something that we see because they are dead. These guys are very much living and will continue their career,” electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre told AFP, adding that he would be “very pleased” to work with them in the future.

The obvious bet is that they will pursue solo music projects.

That has been the path for other French house duos. Air’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel have multiple side projects on the go, while an album by Gaspard Auge, one half of Justice, is reportedly on the way.

The Daft Punk pair have already made a few moves in this direction, with Homem-Christo, 47, doing production work for Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sebastien Tellier.


Bangalter, 46, has pulled soundtrack duties for French director Gaspar Noe, including on his controversial film “Irreversible”.

As a duo, they worked on several film scores, including a Tron remake in 2010 and were tentatively linked to an upcoming film by Italian director Dario Argento.

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They might also like to get behind the camera themselves.

The eight-minute clip that announced their retirement on Monday was lifted from their 2006 film “Electroma”.

It was not exactly a huge hit, but the pair have never shown much concern with meeting public expectations, and having shifted millions of albums over the years, they face few limitations.

“They’ll be attracted to projects where they will have a lot of independence since they don’t exactly need the money,” said Bardot.

“They have a tendency to pop up where you least expect them,” he added.

Whatever happens, it is highly unlikely that they will give up their highly cautious approach to fame.

“I don’t see either of them becoming a judge on The Voice any time soon,” joked Yves Bigot, who co-wrote a book about the duo, “Daft Punk, Incognito”.

“Guy-Manuel is a timid guy, he’s the one who speaks least in interviews. And it’s not like Thomas is about to become the next David Guetta,” he added.

Argentina’s public prosecutor’s office will convene a medical board on March 8 to decide whether or not late football legend Diego Maradona was given proper treatment before his death, legal sources said on Tuesday.

Maradona died of a heart attack on November 25, weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot.

Investigators are trying to determine whether or not there was negligence in Maradona’s health care before he died.

Nine experts will be called on March 8 including the medical examiners that took part in Maradona’s autopsy.

The public prosecutor in San Isidro, a suburb of the capital Buenos Aires, has also called two more witnesses to appear before investigators on Thursday: a nursing coordinator and the doctor tasked with coordinating Maradona’s home care during the days before he died.

Five other people, including neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, are already under investigation in the involuntary manslaughter probe.

The latest two people included in the investigation were members of a WhatsApp chat group discussing Maradona’s care, local media reported.

Two of Maradona’s daughters — Gianinna, 31, and Jana, 24 — will also appear before prosecutors on Thursday.

They have accused Luque of responsibility in Maradona’s deteriorating health.

A first autopsy conducted the day Maradona died found he had suffered from liquid on the lungs with acute heart failure brought on by a disease of the heart muscles that makes it harder to pump blood. His heart was twice the normal size.

Maradona is an idol to millions of Argentines after he inspired the South American country to only its second World Cup triumph in 1986.

An attacking midfielder who spent two years with Spanish giants Barcelona, he is also loved in Naples where he helped Napoli win the only two Serie A titles in the club’s history.

He was coach of Argentine top flight outfit Gimnasia y Esgrima when he died.

He had celebrated his 60th birthday on October 30 at the club but looked in poor physical health and seemed to have trouble speaking.

Sources close to Maradona said he suffered from depression during eight months of coronavirus restrictions that confined him to home as he was considered a high-risk person.

Maradona was suffering from liver, kidney and cardiovascular disorders when he died.

He had battled cocaine and alcohol addictions during his life.