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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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    '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.   Love for Granted
  19.   Holdin' on Together
  20.   If It's Not with You
  21.   Rome
  22.   Party Time
  23.   Funky Squaredance
  24.   Heatwave
  25.   Chloroform
  26.   Lost and Found
  27.   On Fire
  28.   The Real Thing
  29.   I Love You
  30.   Love Like a Sunset
  31.   Second to None
  32.   North
  33.   Courtesy Laughs
  34.   (You Can't Blame It On) Anybody
  35.   Victim of the Crime
  36.   Definitive Breaks
  37.   Summer Days
  38.   I'm an Actor
  39.   Emotions
  40.   Rise Up
  41.   The Bankrupt! Diaries (71 Sketches From the Bankrupt! Sessions)
  42.   Bourgeois
  43.   Don't
  44.   Drakkar Noir
  45.   Bankrupt!
  46.   Now Who's in Control
  47.   Love Like a Sunset, Pt. II
  48.   Master Charge featuring Iggy Pop
  49.   Sometimes in the Fall
  50.   Rally
  51.   Napoleon Says
  52.   Alphabetical
  53.   Honeymoon
  54.   Countdown
  55.   Diet of the Heart
  56.   Embuscade
  57.   Congratulations
  58.   Funky Squaredance, Pts. 1-3
  59.   The Answer
  60.   One Time Too Many
  61.   Emotions - Dr Umbass Beats
  62.   Oblique City
  63.   School's Rules
  64.   S.O.S. in Bel Air

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