What does it take to be considered legendary in dance music? For starters, a discography that spans over two decades. Daft Punk certainly fits those parameters. On January 20, 1997, the now-superstar duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo released their debut studio album, Homework, on Virgin Records and Soma Quality Recordings.
Homework showcases Daft Punk in their purest form—before the days when pop took ahold of their raw, electronic style. This was before the days of 1999 even, the year that Daft Punk first threw on their robotic masks to conceal their identities, which they have said elsewhere allows them to move about their city freely and unrecognized.
The enigmatic duo actually began producing tracks on the album without plans to release them as a full album. The records were originally intended to be separate singles released over five months, but they eventually decided that the material good enough for a full-length studio album.
Homework‘s critical success brought worldwide attention to French progressive house music. The album charted in 14 different countries, including the French Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200, and the UK Albums Chart. By February 2001, the album sold more than two million copies worldwide and received gold and platinum certifications. “Da Funk” and “Around The World” were instant commercial successes, both reaching No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Club Play Chart, respectively.
The album has certainly stood the test of time as well, both in terms of sales and critical reception. In 2012, Clash described the album as an entry point into a “burgeoning movement on the cusp of splitting the mainstream seam.”
It’s been quite some time since Daft Punk released a full project—since 2013’s Random Access Memories, to be exact. While fans are still waiting on another rumored Daft Punk LP release, which was recently rumored to be as soon as this year, at least we can take a second to bask in one of the albums that helped usher in the contemporary dance music movement.