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The French group Phoenix draw elements from their eclectic '80s upbringing to arrive at a satisfying blend of rock and synthesizers. Vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d'Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai were a garage band based out of Mars' house in the suburbs of Paris. Mazzalai's older brother Branco joined the band on guitar when his band Darlin' disbanded in 1995. The group got its touring start on the French bar circuit doing Hank Williams and Prince covers to drunken audiences. Two years later the band took on the name Phoenix and pressed 500 copies of a single on its own label, Ghettoblaster. The A-side was a punk rock song and the other a chugging Krautrocker, hinting at their eclectic tastes. Shortly after, they were signed to the Paris-based Source Records. Phoenix became well acquainted with labelmates Air when they acted as their backing band on several U.K. TV appearances. The result of the electronic exposure was a single called "Heatwave," which was very similar in approach to '70s disco. United, the group's debut album, appeared in 2000 on Astralwerks and was recorded over two months. The album featured guest appearances from friends and family, including Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk), Philippe Zdar (Cassius), and d'Arcy's mother's choral society on the track "Funky Squaredance." From that point, they issued Alphabetical (2004), It's Never Been Like That (2006), and their mainstream breakthrough, the critically adored Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009). Part of the extended break between the third and fourth albums was due to Mars becoming a father (with his partner, director Sofia Coppola). Soon after finishing the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix tour, the band reconvened in Adam Yauch's studio Oscilloscope Laboratories in late 2010 and embarked on some experimental recording sessions. They continued in Paris the following year and completed recording in 2012 with the help of co-producer Phillipe Zdar, then mixed the songs on the console used to mix Michael Jackson's Thriller, which the band bought online for $17,000. The results, Bankrupt!, appeared in April 2013, near the time of the band's headlining gig at the Coachella Festival. ~ Diana Potts
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Albums by
Phoenix

    15 songs

    On Air

    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

    10 songs

    On Air

    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

    11 songs

    On Air

    It's Never Been Like That

    10 songs

    On Air

    It's Never Been Like That

    11 songs

    On Air

    Alphabetical

    11 songs

    On Air

    United

    8 songs

    On Air

    Vino Tepes

    9 songs

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    The Rebirth

    4 songs

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

    3 songs

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    Stay With Me Baby

    10 songs

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    Bankrupt!

    2 songs

    On Air

    Alone on Christmas Day

    1 song

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    I Bet You Didn't Know

    1 song

    On Air

    Trying To Be Cool

    1 song

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    Trying To Be Cool

    1 song

    On Air

    Entertainment

    2 songs

    On Air

    Heatwave

    13 songs

    On Air

    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Remix Collection)

    3 songs

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    Consolation Prizes [3 Tracks]

    4 songs

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    Alt. Versions 2006

    14 songs

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    It's Never Been Like That [Deluxe Verison]

    11 songs

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    Bankrupt! [Deluxe Edition]

    18 songs

    On Air

    Kitsune Tabloid

    1 song

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    Jesus Never Change

    1 song

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    Trying to Be Cool (Radio Edit) - Single

    1 song

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    1901

    1 song

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    Long Distance Call

    1 song

    On Air

    You Can't Blame It On (Anybody)

    1 song

    On Air

    Everything Is Everything

    1 song

    On Air

    Lisztomania (Classixx Version)

    10 songs

    On Air

    Live! Thirty Days Ago

    3 songs

    On Air

    Exclusive Live Session

    1 song

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    I'm an Actor

    10 songs

    On Air

    It's Never Been Like That [LP]

    4 songs

    On Air

    Run Run Run

    15 songs

    On Air

    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix: Phoenix Remixes

    21 songs

    On Air

    It's Never Been Like That/Alphabetical

    3 songs

    On Air

    if i ever feel better

    3 songs

    On Air

    Too Young

    1 song

    On Air

    Broken

    1 song

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    Everything Is Everything

    6 songs

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    iTunes Live from SoHo


Top Songs by
Phoenix

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   1901
  3.   Lisztomania
  4.   If I Ever Feel Better
  5.   Entertainment
  6.   Lasso
  7.   Trying to Be Cool
  8.   Everything Is Everything
  9.   Fences
  10.   Long Distance Call
  11.   Too Young
  12.   Consolation Prizes
  13.   Run Run Run
  14.   Girlfriend
  15.   Armistice
  16.   Love Like a Sunset, Pt. I
  17.   Holdin' on Together
  18.   Love for Granted
  19.   If It's Not with You
  20.   Alone on Christmas Day
  21.   Rome
  22.   Heatwave
  23.   Party Time
  24.   Funky Squaredance
  25.   Chloroform
  26.   Linger Outro
  27.   Victim of the Crime
  28.   Congratulations
  29.   Alphabetical
  30.   Oblique City
  31.   Bourgeois
  32.   Drakkar Noir
  33.   S.O.S. in Bel Air
  34.   The Real Thing
  35.   Countdown
  36.   Diet of the Heart
  37.   North
  38.   Rally
  39.   Summer Days
  40.   Rise Up
  41.   Lost in You
  42.   This Is How I Praise
  43.   Fallin
  44.   Bankrupt!
  45.   Now Who's in Control
  46.   Love Like a Sunset
  47.   Love Like a Sunset, Pt. II
  48.   Second to None
  49.   Sometimes in the Fall
  50.   Courtesy Laughs
  51.   Napoleon Says
  52.   (You Can't Blame It On) Anybody
  53.   I'm an Actor
  54.   Embuscade
  55.   Vino, Țepeș!
  56.   Pașa Hassan
  57.   Cântec (Ștefan și Mihai)
  58.   Sweet Chaos
  59.   A Moment in Time
  60.   Stay With Me Baby
  61.   Master Charge featuring Iggy Pop
  62.   Lost and Found
  63.   Definitive Breaks
  64.   School's Rules
  65.   Mircea (Scrisoarea A Iii-A)
  66.   Bucovina
  67.   The Answer
  68.   I Bet You Didn't Know
  69.   L-O-V-E
  70.   Can We Get It Back
  71.   Rain
  72.   Linger Intro
  73.   Funky Squaredance, Pts. 1-3
  74.   Honeymoon
  75.   One Time Too Many
  76.   Phoenix
  77.   Decebal Către Popor
  78.   Jesus Never Change
  79.   The Rebirth
  80.   The Bankrupt! Diaries (71 Sketches From the Bankrupt! Sessions)
  81.   You Keep Me Hangin On
  82.   Don't
  83.   On Fire
  84.   Năluca (Ștefan Cel Mare)
  85.   I Love You
  86.   Rising High
  87.   Lift Me Up
  88.   Riders on the Storm
  89.   If I Ever Feel Better, I'll Go to the Disco
  90.   The Diary of Alphabetical
  91.   Hopeful
  92.   If I Ever Fell Better
  93.   Congratulations Revisited
  94.   Everything Is Everything
  95.   This Is How I Praise by Phoenix
  96.   City Lights
  97.   If I Ever Feel Better
  98.   Acoustic Version
  99.   Alternate Version
  100.   Edit Version
  101.   Sometiems in the Fall
  102.   Video
  103.   I Don't Wanna Know
  104.   Funky Squaredance Part 1/2/3 (Medley)
  105.   Razor by Bruce Deadly
  106.   Cabourg
  107.   Just Trying to Be Cool
  108.   L' Heure Bleue
  109.   L' Aventure
  110.   Versus Monteverdi
  111.   Francois
  112.   Labyrinthe
  113.   Vesuve II
  114.   Campo Marzio 4
  115.   Cite d'Or Fondations
  116.   Cite d'Or
  117.   Baccalaureat
  118.   Police
  119.   Helmut
  120.   Vladimir
  121.   Cite d'Or II
  122.   Le Rouge aux Levres
  123.   Dolomites
  124.   J'ai Tout Donne
  125.   Bruce
  126.   Nanonana Nuage
  127.   Drakkar
  128.   RMI Florian
  129.   Belinda au Soleil
  130.   Belinda
  131.   Nanopico
  132.   Triangle 3
  133.   Belinda Wurlitzer
  134.   Giorgio 2
  135.   Lin Bleu
  136.   Rimini-Antibes
  137.   Batobus
  138.   Scouts d'Europe
  139.   Nanomanioc
  140.   Je T'aime
  141.   Epsilon 12
  142.   Éte Pourri
  143.   Biblos
  144.   Jeunesse
  145.   Blue Lagoon
  146.   Taxi G7