Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

Album of the year – Random Access Memories, Daft Punk

Record of the year – Get Lucky, Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Best pop duo/group performance – Get Lucky, Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Tall and bony, Bang­alter, 38, is wearing a gray sweater and skinny jeans with a hole in the knee . He has a long, bearded face and curly brown hair grown into a modest Jewfro. (Bangalter’s father, a Seventies-era disco artist and producer who recorded as Daniel Vangarde,IS  JEWISH, but the Bangalter household was not religious.)The director Michel Gondry (JEWISH), who’s known Daft Punk since they hired him to make the video for their percolating 1997 hit “Around the World,” says that Bang­alter has a blunt criticality that can be off-putting.

De Homem-Christo, 39, has a wide face, delicate features, stubbled cheeks and long brown hair. As a teenager he wore his mane greasy and stringy, and he was often spotted wearing a fur coat and carrying his possessions in a plastic shopping bag. Phoenix guitarist LAURENT BRANCOWITTZ (Obviously Jewish), who first met the duo in 1992, says that de Homem-Christo used to resemble “a girl” and “a crackhead,” but today his look is more hygienically scruffy. He’s not overly fond of eye contact, and he’s taciturn where Bang­alter is expansive.


Daft Punk are the MOST ENIGMATIC SUPERSTARS IN POP.(IS THAT TO HIDE THEIR MEDIOCRE “MUSIC”?In addition to hiding their faces at performances, in videos and in photographs, they operate largely in secrecy and keep a tight grip on biographical details in those rare instances when they grant interviews. So it’s with widened eyes that an outsider enters their work space, where even mundane objects thrum with SEEMING TALMUDIC SIGNIFICANCE .

Daft Punk grew up comfortably. THE SCHOOL WHERE THEY MET WAS THE LYCÉE CARNOT,whose alumni ranks include Jacques Chirac, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and World Trade Organization head Pascal Lamy. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo would rent horror movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Omen on VHS, watching them together at Bangalter’s father’s Montmartre apartment,

DE HOMEM-CHRISTO’S PARENTS RAN AN ADVERTISING AGENCY TOGETHER,and he hails from a clan of DUBIOUSLY DISTINGUISHED PAN-EUROPEAN EXTRACTION (DOES THAT MEAN HE HAD MADOFFISH JEW RELATIVES) His great-grandfather, Francisco Manuel Homem Cristo Filho, was a writer, described by present-day historians as “the first authentic and indisputable Portuguese fascist” and a personal friend of Benito Mussolini’s. “I know him only from photographs, of course,” de Homem-Christo says. In the Portuguese city of Aveiro there is an Homem Cristo street and an Homem Cristo school, both named after his ancestors.

This Puff piece was written in the Huffington Post by fellow Jew Jonah Weiner


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