Phoenix It's Never Been Like That LP
Critically Acclaimed Third Album on Vinyl LP!
It's Never Been Like That is the third studio album by French alternative rock
band Phoenix. The album includes the two critically acclaimed singles "Long
Distance Call" and "Consolation Prizes." It's Never Been Like That was rated #38
in Pitchfork's Top Albums of the 2000s list.
The French group Phoenix draw elements from their eclectic '80s upbringing to
arrive at a satisfying blend of rock and synthesizers. Vocalist Thomas Mars,
bassist Deck d'Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai were a garage band based
out of Mars' house in the suburbs of Paris. Mazzalai's older brother Branco
joined the band on guitar when his band Darlin' disbanded in 1995.
The group got its touring start on the French bar circuit doing Hank Williams
and Prince covers to drunken audiences. Two years later the band took on the
name Phoenix and pressed 500 copies of a single on its own label, Ghettoblaster.
The A-side was a punk rock song and the other a chugging Krautrocker, hinting at
their eclectic tastes. Shortly after, they were signed to the Paris-based Source
Records. Phoenix became well acquainted with labelmates Air when they acted as
their backing band on several U.K. TV appearances. The result of the electronic
exposure was a single called "Heatwave," which was very similar in approach to
"...their performances sound more confident than ever...a more even-keeled
track sequencing and tempo throughout -- almost as if they've been able to focus
on the things that make the band so engaging to begin with, monopolize on them,
and move forward in a refreshing and vibrant direction." -Rob Theakston,
• Vinyl LP
1. Napoleon Says
2. Consolation Prizes
4. Long Distance Call
5. One Time Too Many
1. Lost And Found
2. Courtesy Laughs
4. Sometimes In The Fall
5. Second To None