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The French band Phoenix} draws elements from an eclectic '80s upbringing to arrive at their rock}-synth sound. Thomas Mars} (vocals), Deck d'Arcy} (bass), and Christian Mazzalai} (guitars) 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 their touring start on the French bar circuit doing Hank Williams} and Prince} covers to drunk audiences. Two years later the band took on the name Phoenix} and pressed 500 copies of a single on their 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 to a '70s disco} tune. 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."} Alphabetical} followed in 2004 and It's Never Been Like That} in 2006. ~ Diana Potts, All Music Guide

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