McCartney, U2, Coldplay, and now Phoenix are among the acts who’ve been asked to play three songs on an episode of Saturday Night Live. I suspect only the French synth-rockers’ overtime was born of a lack of air-able sketches. Which is not to say the closing credits performance of nine-year-old soundtrack hit “Too Young” wasn’t delightful. But it was hardly worth having to sit through another interminable Obama open. From the new album Phoenix did “Lisztomania” and “1901,” both excellent tunes. I like how they dress like hip English TAs.
Phoenix – “1901” (MP3)
If you missed the show, Videogum’s got the funny parts.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is out 5/25 internationally and 5/25 in the US on Loyaute/Glassnote Records.