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25 Things You Didn't Know About Phoenix

Meet the guys of Phoenix: Thomas Mars, Deck d’Arcy, Laurent Brancowitz, and Christian Mazzaliai.

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    Their first language is French, but they only sing and write in English.

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    They recorded a song for, and appeared in, “Marie Antoinette.”

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    They performed with R. Kelly at Coachella for the first time, even though they had never met. They met on stage, because R. Kelly was stuck in traffic. Talk about close call!

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    Thomas Mars is married to screenwriter/director/producer Sofia Coppola. Phoenix’s music is featured in many of her films!

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    The band met while in school between the ages of 10-15.

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    For their album “Bankrupt!” the band used the same electronic board that Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson used on “Thriller.” The guys got it on eBay for $17,000.

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    Their song “1901” was featured in a Green Bay Packers Montage during Super Bowl XLV.

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    Their 2009 album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” is a play on classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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    The guys are friends with Daft Punk and even let the robot duo perform during one of their concerts in 2010 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

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    Thomas Mars has sung on some songs by French electro pop act Air, under the moniker Gordon Tracks.

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    The band’s song “Lisztomania” is about classical pianist/composer Franz Liszt.

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    The guys of Phoenix are fans of R&B star D’Angelo.

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    Paramore once covered their song “Long Distance Call” on a French TV show called “Taratata.”

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    Laurent Brancowitz was once in a short-lived band called “Darlin’” with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

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    The guys are from Versailles, France.

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    “1901” was also featured in a Cadillac commercial.

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    French fashion designer for Dior Homme Hedi Slimane commissioned a special mix of their song “Victim of the Crime” for the soundtrack to one of his runway shows.

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    “Wolfgang Adadeus Phoenix” was the first Phoenix album to be certified gold.

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    The band was the subject of the documentary “From a Mess to the Masses” showing their 2009-2010 tour in support of “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.” It was premired in 2011 in Germany and Franvce.

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    Laurent Brancowitz is often referred to as “Branco.”

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    The group had their own label called “Ghettoblaster.”

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    The band acted as a backing band for several U.K TV appearances for their label mates Air, an electronic duo.

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    Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz are brothers.

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    The band won their first and only Grammy in 2009 for their album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.”

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    After all four members finally formed Phoenix, they moved to Paris.

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