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Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix had crossover written all over it from the first synth tones of “1901.” And by now you know it’s easy, like they did it all summer long. Which they did: raucous club shows, festivals, SNL, countless remixes, talk show appearances, and yes, finally, car commercials. If you haven’t seen Wolfgang’s non-”Listzomania” signature song filmed for a studio audience yet, we have last night’s appearance on Conan along with the Cadillac advert that puts Phoenix one lime-beer commercial away from a perfect score on the multimedia-saturation index that goes from 1 to Santigold.

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is out via Glassnote.

Comments (26)
  1. book  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    They’re trying REALLY hard to make me sick of this song, but I still like it… I still like it…

    • I was just going to say the same thing. I’ve listened to it a million times this summer, and I’m still not sick of it. Not even in a car commercial.

    • J Burton  |   Posted on Nov 28th, 2009 0

      Sure does sound exactly line the 80s band “The Cure” the vocalist is identical!

  2. yay, he has a new performance shirt! But I liked the blue one better.

  3. Skare Kreau  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    They keep adding little subtle things to the performances of the songs so that they keep getting better. I love the La Bamba Rock Band at the end. Hillarious.

  4. Brandon Quam  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    they need to play “lasso”

  5. OmNomNomNom  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    The albums called Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, not Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Just fact checkin’.

  6. Nick  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    These guys never blow a TV performance, they are an insanely tight band.

    This song is also in a trailer for a ‘quriky romantic comedy’ that’s running now (whooda thunk??), can’t recall the title of it though.

  7. melanie  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    Wolfgang… is out on Glassnote Records not Astralwerks. The band’s first 3 records came out on Astralwerks…

  8. chacha  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    new york, i love you trailer*

  9. Anonymous  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    Last night they were also on the soundtracks for 90210 AND the new Melrose Place. (Don’t ask how I know that.) Talk about media saturation.

  10. glazzy  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    Nope, not sick of this song yet.

  11. Michael Brown  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    Man…a couple of things from that video:

    1. Conan needs an entire production overhaul. The sound is atrocious and clips with the floor tom hits in the pre-chorus. His set looks absolutely pitiful and the lighting is garbage. What the hell is with the circle pre-fab set pieces in front of the silver lame’? There’s no movement in the lights and the uplighting on the back drops is splotched and uninspired. Someone made out like a bandit by getting paid for that job. It cavernous, non-intimate and ugly. I’m actually suprised the Network allows that to go on with a brand new set.

    2. I don’t know if Phoenix was feeling the heat for all their backing track antics, but having the bassist and guitarist sing those doubled parts isn’t working. They’re both out of key and don’t mesh with Mars’ vocals. It sounds like a drunken loft party together. Go back to the backing track. The drum sounds will thank you for it as well as the toms and kick hits that were lacking as well. I don’t care if they perform to a backing track. Your job is to make good music, which you do. Who cares if a couple of people criticize you for it. Now they’re just going to criticize the shoddy backing vocals. They should go back to the setup they had at SNL and only allow Mars to have a mic. No one else.

    3. If you’re a seasoned audio mixer and you see the lead singer swinging a microphone and throwing a stand around, just mute the damn thing. That rumble and the hits in the end of the clip are pretty funny. This is just a microcosm of the whole unionized problem with the TV industry. If only the show and the studios would allow the bands to use their actual sound engineers and lighting designers to accompany the band on the show, you wouldn’t have horrible sound and lights! This was the case with TV on the Radio at SNL and now you’re seeing Phoenix greatly suffer with it here without the added cushion of the click track. Phoenix has a great light show as well, with a competent designer. Hell, let the guy do his work on national TV and help the band raise YOUR ratings instead of letting joe union bro throw up his pre-programmed and un-inspired chases.

    4. Phoenix look like they’re getting tired. I hope touring this much and all the appearances aren’t wearing them down. They really do provide one of the better live concert experiences at the moment, but I would honestly be a bit disappointed if I saw them with this version of “1901″

  12. Michael Brown  |   Posted on Sep 16th, 2009 0

    I really do love this band though. One of the best shows I’ve had the pleasure to see and they deserve all the success they’re getting. I also agree that no matter how saturated you could possibly be with their music, its still a great listen. Personal top 3 of ’09.

  13. matt  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2009 0

    I loved this until I read Michael Brown’s comments. Now I hate it. Get your shit together Phoenix. and NBC.

  14. a. mac  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2009 0

    Re: Michael Brown’s point #3: not sure, but I think that Thomas is making a point with the hits of the mic at the end, it’s a live performance. He threw the mic down after the Letterman performance as well.

  15. a. mac  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2009 0

    Agreed though about the set/lighting. It looks like the Price is Right stage.

  16. Ryan  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2009 0

    I can’t get behind a band that doesn’t play live. Phoenix is the indie rock Milli Vanilli, which is too bad, because I actually like this song.

  17. Cody Kern  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    Yeah, Michael Brown.

    Don’t be such a pretentious dick. It was an enjoyable performance. I’m certain you’re a seasoned audio mixer/engineer, but your 4 (bullet) points are silly and lame.

  18. Mr. Nawtynuff  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2009 0

    yeah I agree this wasn’t a great performance. and while using the bassist and guitarist would work if the bassist would back up off the mic about half a foot, but really they outta stuck with just using backtrack. although I must say, I personally kinda liked how they managed to use all that beautiful silver lame` in one place!!

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