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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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    Alternative Mix

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    '00s Alternative

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    Adult Alternative

    3 songs

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    Alternative Party

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    Indie Party

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    Late Night Mix

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

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