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"Phoenix" are a French soft/pop-rock band who perform songs in the English language.

Formed in 1999 in the semi-affluent Parisian suburb of Versailles, in the same culture that produced late-90s phenomena such as Air and Daft Punk, Phoenix started as the backing band for a remix of Air's "Kelly Watch the Stars" single. Phoenix quickly became an underground hit with the loungy, mellow and unpretentious sound heard on their 2000 debut album ''United''.

Their biggest hit, "Too Young," which was featured in the Farrelly brothers' 2001 movie ''Shallow Hal'', and later in Sofia Coppola's 2003 movie ''Lost in Translation'', propelled the album to enough success to grant the band a contract for a second album, ''Alphabetical'', released in 2004, which saw the band reach moderate mainstream success, with the singles "Everything is Everything" and "Run Run Run" reaching some alternative pop charts. Hedi Slimane used a remix of their song "Victim of the Crime" as a soundtrack to one if his runway shows for Dior Homme.

Following ''Alphabetical'', the band went on a world tour playing 150 dates across 3 continents. This tour was followed up with a live album, ''Live...

years active 1999–
origin Versailles, France
music genre Rock music
current members Thomas Mars (vocals)
Deck D'Arcy (bass)
Laurent Brancowitz (guitar)
Christian Mazzalai (guitar)
website Phoenix
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