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Phoenix Catches a Case of “Lisztomania”

April 16th, 2009 by

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When you grow up with the members of Daft Punk and cavort around Hollywood with directorial royalty like Sophia Coppola, it’s almost a guarantee that every time we see you you’ll be doing something cool. Phoenix, my favorite Parisians, just happen to fit the aforementioned bill. Check out the video for their latest single, “Lisztomania,” to see just what untouchable awesome looks like when raised to nth power.

Though it sounds like something you might catch in a brawl-filled night at a seedy bar, or a cheeky reference to pianist Franz Liszt, the video is both entirely safe for viewing sans brass knucks and extremely contemporary. Grainy Super 8 goodness leads viewers through various spots near Bayreuth, Germany, with Phoenix members toting a miniature inflatable bomb emblazoned with their apt new record title, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.” Is Phoenix nouveau musical genius? You be the judge–their new record drops May 25th.

And hey! Ten bucks (or at least ten bucks’ worth of gratitude) to whomever can provide me with the definition of “Lisztomania.”

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  • 1 REDSHAG Jul 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    The term “Lisztomania” was coined by the German romantic literary figure Heinrich Heine to describe the massive public response to Liszt’s virtuosic piano performances. At these performances, there were allegedly screaming women, and the audience was sometimes limited to standing room only.

  • 2 Michael Short Sep 25, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Lisztomania was a phrase coined by Heinrich Heine to describe the extraordinary reaction to Franz Liszt’s piano playing in Berlin in 1842.

    NO other definition is valid.