Phoenix rises on 'Saturday Night Live'

How this under-appreciated French band scored a high-profile slot on SNL is a source of some mystery, but they certainly made the most of the unexpected opportunity. I’ve been obsessively playing an advance of their excellent new album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (due May 26), over and over in the office, and they totally pulled off the rich-and-tricky pop sound of two album highlights, "Lizstomania" and "1901." Check out the clips below, and if you like what you hear you can buy the studio versions right now on a four-track EP the band just released on iTunes. 

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  • tangodiva

    There is no mystery. Sometimes, good things happen to good bands. I thought Phoenix were the best thing on the show – they made the most of their slot, and gave the guitar-pop goodness. Now if we could just get Tahiti 80 on the show…

  • Branwell

    Lead singer is Sofia Coppola’s husband/baby daddy. No mystery there.

  • Branwell

    Lead singer is Sofia Coppola’s husband/baby daddy. No mystery there.

  • Twitter.com/AlexMojo

    They were actually good. And I usually (((never))) listen to music on that show. I think I’ll use Morpheus (P2P) and download some songs. Hope I can find them.

    • Josh H.

      nice!!! that’s a really good way to support a band you like!!

  • Myra

    I’m lucky enough to have heard Phoenix’s new CD and I love it! Very catchy. Someone at SNL must really dig them, because to play three songs is quite a coup. Good for them- I hope we’ll be hearing a lot more from them!

  • Brian

    Can anyone tell me what song they played during the credits? Or what album it’s from?

  • Jeff

    The song played during the credits is called Too Young off of the album United. I don’t know why they haven’t put that one up online yet…

  • Steven

    Brian — The song they played during the closing credits is “Too Young.” It’s on their first album, United. And it’s also on the Lost in Translation soundtrack. (If you saw the movie, you may remember Scarlett Johansson dancing around to it at the house party shortly before the karaoke scene.)

  • J

    “Napolean Says”

  • Nik22

    I don’t care how they got on the show, I think it is fantastic, Phoenix do fantastic good pop music. The new album is SO good, it’s gonna be great for summer listening. Glad to see them get some more exposure, they deserve it!

  • lily

    meh. the two songs sound almost identical.

  • fact is

    For all you cynics out there, the Coppola connection had nothing to do with Phoenix getting their well-deserved moment on SNL. Pure and simple!

  • RobOrange

    Phoenix was an unexpected pleasure from
    that episode of SNL.

  • dronestudios

    No doubt, Tahiti 80 and Phoenix have been writing amazing pop songs since the year 2000. They both deserve high praise and a chance to show their brand of pop to the listening public. Hopefully we will hear more from the likes of Tahiti 80 and Phoenix.

  • Serge G

    Scarlett Johansson “actress”actually is a clone from original person,who has nothing with acting career.Clone was created illegally using stolen biomaterial.Original Scarlett Galabekian last name is nice, CHRISTIAN young lady

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