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Phoenix On World Cafe | April 11, 2011 |

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The Parisian rock band Phoenix mixes '80s rock, '70s disco grooves, modern-day studio polish and endearing French accents to create jagged, danceable pop songs. Singer Thomas Mars and bassist Deck D'Arcy had been playing together for some time before being joined by guitarists Christian Mozzalai and Laurent Broncowitz; the quartet started out playing Hank Williams and Prince covers in local bars.

From there, it didn't take too long for Phoenix to land a slot as a backing band for its labelmates in Air. More than a decade later, Phoenix is one of the biggest pop bands in the world, thanks to the critically acclaimed Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and its singles "Lisztomania" and "1901."

This World Cafe segment originally aired Nov. 6, 2009. (link)

Playlist- HOUR ONE

World Party "When the Rainbow Comes" Goodbye Jumbo
Destroyer "Chinatown" Kaputt
Fleetwood Mac "Spare Me a Little of Your Love" Bare Trees
Dada "Dizz Knee Land" Puzzle
Arcade Fire "Modern Man" The Suburbs
Phoneix "Long Distance Call" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Phoneix "1901" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Phoneix "Listzomania" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Phoenix "One Time Too Many" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Cars "Sad Song" Move Like This
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House" Speaking in Tongues
Los Lobos "Burn it Down" Tin Can Trust  

Playlist- HOUR TWO

Lissie "In Sleep" Catching a Tiger
Southeast Engine "Cold Front Blues" Canary
Southeast Engine "1953 (Great Depression) Canary
Old 97's "Murder (Or A Heart Attack)" Fight Songs
Teddy Thompson "Looking for a Girl" Bella
The Head and The Heart "Lost in My Mind" The Head And The Heart
Ryan Adams "Answering Bell" Gold
Dr Dog "Stranger" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jessica Lea Mayfield "Our Hearts Are Wrong" Tell Me
The Everly Brothers "Let It Be Me" This Is the Everly Brothers
Best Coast "Boyfriend" Crazy for You
Translator "Everywhere That I'm Not" Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s, Vol. 4
REM "Mine Smells Like Honey" Collapse Into Now
Telekenesis "You Turn In the Sun" 12 Desperate Straight Line
Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way" All This And Nothing