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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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    Adult Alternative

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

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