In case you missed it, in the lead up to the release (or leak, if you prefer) of Daft Punk’s Tron score, there were a bunch of tracks leaked that were allegedly the score, but were later debunked. These tracks were attributed to The Third Twin instead, and it was just assumed that The Third Twin were some a-holes capitalizing on everyone wanting new Daft Punk. But it turns out that maybe The Third Twin is a hoax perpetrated by Daft Punk.
Did Daft Punk intentionally leak those twelve tracks when they were rejected by the Disney production, which was looking for a more orchestral and symphonic soundtrack? Daft Punk, disappointed by the severe restrictions of the contract could have decided to introduce their songs to their public – who would appreciate this music. They used The Third Twin brand name to avoid legal troubles.
So, basically, the rumor goes that Daft Punk had their initial score turned down, and instead of just letting the music die, they leaked it as The Third Twin so that Disney wouldn’t get pissed.
There’s another layer to this: It seems that The Third Twin have been booked to perform at Arenal Festival in Spain this summer, and the organizer said that The Third Twin is related to Daft Punk. But that’s where it ends. Let the speculation begin: Are The Third Twin Daft Punk unmasked? Or a band hell-bent on riding their coattails? You decide. [Exclaim!]
daft punk BIO
In similar company with new-school French progressive dance artists such as Motorbass, Air, Cassius, and Dimitri from Paris, Parisian duo Daft Punk quickly rose to acclaim by adapting a love for first-wave acid house and techno to their younger roots in pop, indie rock, and hip-hop. The combined talents of DJs Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the pair’s first projects together included Darling, a voiceless indie cover band; their current recording name derives from a review in U.K. music weekly Melody Maker of a compilation tape Darling were featured on, released by Krautrock revivalists Stereolab (their lo-fi D.I.Y. cover of a Beach Boys song was derided as “daft punk”). Subsequently ditching the almost inevitable creative cul-de-sac of rock for the more appealing rush of the dancefloor, the pair released their debut single, “The New Wave,” in 1993 on the celebrated Soma label. Instantly hailed by the dance music press as the work of a new breed of house innovators, the single was followed by “Da Funk,” the band’s first true hit (the record sold 30,000 copies worldwide and saw thorough rinsings by everyone from Kris Needs to the Chemical Brothers).
Although the group had only released a trio of singles (“The New Wave” and “Da Funk,” as well as the 1996 limited pressing of “Musique”), in early 1996 Daft Punk were the subject of a minor bidding war. The group eventually signed with Virgin, with its first long-player, Homework, appearing early the following year (a brief preview of the album, “Musique,” was also featured on the Virgin compilation Wipeout XL next to tracks from Photek, Future Sound of London, the Chemical Brothers, and Source Direct). As with the earlier singles, the group’s sound is a brazen, dancefloor-oriented blend of progressive house, funk, electro, and techno, with sprinklings of hip-hop-styled breakbeats and excessive, crowd-firing samples, similar to other anthemic dance-fusion acts such as the Chemical Brothers and Monkey Mafia. In addition to his role in Daft Punk, Bangalter operates the Roulé label and has recorded under his own name (the underground smash “Trax on da Rocks”) as well as Stardust (the huge club/commercial hit “Music Sounds Better with You”).
After four long years of fans eagerly awaiting a follow-up to their brilliant debut, Daft Punk finally issued Discovery in March 2001. The live record Alive 1997 followed near the end of the year, and a by now predictable four-year wait preceded the release of Human After All in early 2005. One year later, Daft Punk released a compilation, Musique, Vol. 1: 1993-2005, and in 2007 their second live record, Alive 2007, arrived. The album and its single “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” won Grammy Awards early in 2009; shortly after, it was announced that the duo would compose the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 classic sci-fi film Tron. Daft Punk‘s music for the movie was released in November 2010, shortly before the film — which featured the group in a cameo — arrived in theaters.
“Tron: Legacy” Soundtrack Tracklisting
- The Grid
- The Son Of Flynn
- The Game Has Changed
- Adagio For Tron
- End Of Line
- Solar Sailer
- Disc Wars
- Flynn Lives
- Tron Legacy (End Titles)
Update: Daft Punk really aren’t The Third Twin
From Daft Punk’s MANAGEMENT:
It has been brought to the attention of Daft Punk’s management that the promoters for the Arenal Sound Festival in Spain have recently issued a press release in which they claim that a band called The Third Twin is “directly connected” to Daft Punk. This is completely untrue. Recent press reports are based on rumors instead of facts. Daft Punk is in no way associated with The Third Twin and the promoters for the Arenal Sound Festival are promoting the show under false pretenses. We would like to ensure Daft Punk’s audience is not taken advantage of by this fraudulently promoted show and strongly discourage anyone to buy tickets expecting Daft Punk to play at this festival, either as themselves or under any other pseudonym.
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- Daft Punk x Dazed Digital Trailer (formatmag.com)