The two first met when they both attended school in Paris, France, in 1987. In 1992, together with their friend Laurent Brancowitz, they recorded an Indie Rock song under the name "Darlin'" (after the Beach Boys' song), which in turn found its way onto a compilation issued on Stereolab's Duophonic label. An English music journalist from Melody Maker dubbed the music as "a bunch of daft punks."
Both members are very reluctant to appear in public and only rarely show their faces, mostly wearing futuristic, robot like helmets while on stage or during interviews.
Bangalter's father, French songwriter Daniel Vangarde, wrote and produced the hit singles "D.I.S.CO." for Ottawan and "Cuba" for the Gibson brothers.
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