Daft Punk and Cars: A Funky Legacy
Toss on the TV, and you will be bombarded with ads featuring various forms of electronic music. I recently saw a Mad Men ad with a dubstep tune in it, and Avicii's Levels in a Nissan ad pretty much killed any allure for that jam. In our social-media-driven world, taste becomes a fickle thing, and muscial fads are only going to come and go more quickly. But there has been one constant that pre-dates the current EDM (electronic dance music), and that is the duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. You know them as Daft Punk. With their album officially dropping May 20 (though if you're clever enough you can be streaming it now), Daft Punk's unique sound and aesthetic has lent themselves well to various films and other projects through the years. Cars (and otherworldly vehicles) have been intertwined. The greatest example of this was the 2006 musical film Electroma. In this strange flick, the duo first appears on screen in a 1987 Ferrari 412.
The car was auctioned off in 2011 by the EMI Group as part of a fundraiser for disaster relief following the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.
Daft Punk is funny in that they manage to simultaneously conjure the 70s and future electronic music all at once. Perhaps it is a 70s-80s vision of the future that they inspire. At any rate, their participation in the 2010 Disney film Tron: Legacy was not only appropriate, it was essential. Between the cameo as the resident DJs in once scene, to crafting one of the best cinema soundtracks since Gladiator, the film would have been largely forgettable without the presence of Daft Punk. The duo's soundtrack was ass integral to the film as the light vehicles, like the one below:
If Daft Punk were not already a massive-enough institution in music, the Tron bump pushed it over the limit, and fans responded with plenty of art and homages to the duo. Video games like Forza Motorsport offer opportunities for users to create custom liveries for their vehicles. User OgGSUS created this Daft Punk Audi R8 from scratch:
The custom fan cars also include a Nissan Skyline R34, 240SX and more. But perhaps the true fan project to end all fan projects was this light-helmet. Built in 2012 by Violin Props, it took four months to create, and it an impressive replica of the duo's earlier look.
So what do you do when you have a perfect replica of a Daft Punk helmet? You photograph it in front of a DeLorean, obviously! There are plenty of cars that could match the aesthetic, but something about the DeLorean was so deliciously 80s that it matched this particular helmet's look.
Image sources: EMI, Disney, Volpin Props, www.danalmasy,com