2009 is Phoenix’s year.
Chatting with SPIN staffers between songs, the boys strummed through a stripped-down version of “One Time Too Many,” a wistful love song from their 2006 album It’s Never Been Like That, plus their two now-ubiquitous Amadeus singles: “Lisztomania” and “1901.” “It’s a song about Paris,” said frontman Thomas Mars, introducing the latter. “Paris in 1901 was better than it is now. So the song is a fantasy about Paris.”
Phoenix closed with a special treat: a touching version of “Playground Love,” which they co-wrote with their pals in Air for The Virgin Suicides, the 1999 film directed by Mars’ girlfriend, filmmaker Sofia Coppola.
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