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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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Stations Featuring

    '00s Indie

    '00s Indie
    9 songs

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    4 songs

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    4 songs

    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    4 songs

    '00s Alternative

    2 songs

    Adult Alternative

    3 songs

    Adult Rock

    3 songs

    Alternative Party

    1 song

    Top Indie

    6 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    6 songs

    Indie Party

    6 songs

    Late Night Mix

    1 song

    Relax Trax

    2 songs

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   1901
  3.   Lisztomania
  4.   If I Ever Feel Better
  5.   Entertainment
  6.   Lasso
  7.   Trying to Be Cool
  8.   Everything Is Everything
  9.   Long Distance Call
  10.   Fences
  11.   Too Young
  12.   Consolation Prizes
  13.   Run Run Run
  14.   Love Like a Sunset, Pt. I
  15.   Girlfriend
  16.   Armistice
  17.   Alone on Christmas Day
  18.   Holdin' on Together
  19.   Love for Granted
  20.   If It's Not with You
  21.   Rome
  22.   Funky Squaredance
  23.   Party Time
  24.   Heatwave
  25.   Second to None
  26.   Lost and Found
  27.   Love Like a Sunset
  28.   North
  29.   Love Like a Sunset, Pt. II
  30.   Funky Squaredance, Pts. 1-3
  31.   Emotions
  32.   Drakkar Noir
  33.   The Real Thing
  34.   Now Who's in Control
  35.   Napoleon Says
  36.   School's Rules
  37.   Bourgeois
  38.   Don't
  39.   Master Charge featuring Iggy Pop
  40.   Sometimes in the Fall
  41.   One Time Too Many
  42.   Rally
  43.   Alphabetical
  44.   (You Can't Blame It On) Anybody
  45.   Victim of the Crime
  46.   I'm an Actor
  47.   Summer Days
  48.   Embuscade
  49.   Honeymoon
  50.   Diet of the Heart
  51.   On Fire
  52.   Emotions - Dr Umbass Beats
  53.   The Answer
  54.   Oblique City
  55.   I Love You
  56.   Countdown
  57.   Courtesy Laughs
  58.   Definitive Breaks
  59.   Congratulations
  60.   The Bankrupt! Diaries (71 Sketches From the Bankrupt! Sessions)
  61.   Bankrupt!
  62.   S.O.S. in Bel Air
  63.   Chloroform
  64.   Rise Up

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