Daft Punk Disfigured In Studio Accident and Six Other Awesome Fictional Personas
Daft Punk didn't choose to be robots.
Music is more than just a collection of sounds. It's a whole 'nother world where anything is possible. You don't have to be yourself, you don't even have to be human, and a lot of artists take full advantage of this world of illusion.
The benefits? Well, you can safely walk into any grocery store, club or gas station and not get mobbed by adoring though obnoxious fans. You can act like some kind of insane monster and let out that part of you that might never otherwise see the light of day. And sometimes, it's just cool to play dress up.
They say "fake it till you make it," but these seven artists are making it to fake it, and we can dig it.
David Bowie is a conceptual rock'n'roll genius. Throughout his career, he donned many characters with different looks, stories, genders and accessories. But his break out debut it still our all-time favorite. Ziggy Stardust is an alien from Mars, fronting the stellar rock outfit the Spiders. In his universe, Earth has been damned to just five more years, and Stardust comes with a message of hope and pure glam power. Yet, like many nonfictional rockstars, his vices destroy him in the end. But his message lives on, and the album remains one of the greatest in rock history.
Sure, you know they're robots. But do you know why? As the story goes, Daft Punk were in the studio recording their second album, Discovery, when as Thomas Bangalter said, there was an accident. "We did not choose to become robots," he said. "We were working on our sampler, and at exactly 9:09 am on September 9, 1999, it exploded. When we regained consciousness, we discovered that we had become robots." Good luck picking those two Frenchies out in a crowd.
Daft Punk basically changed the game with their robotic look and feel, and they've inspired a lot of other artists to cover their faces and get weird. But this little guy seems to do it the best. Controls is a robot from far into the future in 30XX. He ripped through the time-space continuum to save humanity, which is in great danger of the "revolution." There isn't much he can tell us without ruining everything, so he communicates with his funky genre-spanning music. Oh, and he looks kind of like a wall socket. Adorbs.Next Page
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