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There have been a number of artists going by the name of Phoenix
(1) A popular French alternative rock band
(2) A Romanian folk rock band
(3) A short-lived British hard rock band
(4) A UK-based filk band
(5) A goa project
The French band is comprised of Thomas Mars, Deck D'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz who started playing music as kids in a suburb of Versailles during the same cultural period that produced late-'90s bands such as Air and Daft Punk.
Phoenix formed in 1999 and started off as the backing band for a remix of Air’s “Kelly Watch the Stars” single. Soon after, Phoenix released their debut album United in 2000. The name "Phoenix" was officially chosen in 1996 when Laurent Brancowitz permanently joined Pheonix after his other band Darlin' disbanded. The other two members of Darlin' (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) went on to form Daft Punk.
Phoenix are based in Paris, France and their music has been featured in such films as Shallow Hal and Lost In Translation, with the band themselves appearing in the 2006 film Marie Antoinette, a film, like Lost In Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola, Thomas Mars' partner.
The band's fourth album, "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" was released in 2009. It contains "1901", which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in November of that year. It won for Best Alternative Album at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
A Romanian folk rock / rock band, who has experimented across the years with many musical genres, having a rich musical history that can easily be compared to that of The Beatles. Starting with the rock’n’roll of the Beat Generation, they continued enriching their sound with blues influences, jazz, psychedelic, krautrock, culminating with the orientation towards Romanian folk music, which they blended harmoniously with the sound that was popular in the ’70s
Nicolae (Nicu) Covaci - Guitar, vocals, composer, founder and leader of the band. Member since 1962.
Bogdan Bradu - Vocals. Member since 2007.
Ovidiu Lipan (Ţăndărică) - Drums. Member since 2001, previously between 1974 and 1978, 1980-1981, then between 1984 and 1998.
Ionut Contraş - Backing vocals, percussion. Member since 1998 . Is official manager since 2004 and Executive Producer of "Baba Novak" album.
Cristi Gram - Electric guitar. Member since 2004.
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