🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Phoenix

Here we are then, THE 400th HGATR THREAD :partying_face:

ELO scrape over the 3 line:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
David Berman 4.47
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Sparklehorse 4.29
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
J Dilla 4.23
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Dead Kennedys 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Bill Callahan 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Les Savy Fav 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
D’Angelo 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Grace Jones 4.05
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Fuck Buttons 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Shellac 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Broadcast 3.92
Dusty Springfield 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
DJ Shadow 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
The Blue Nile 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Jesus And Mary Chain 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Creedence Clearwater Revival 3.81
Aaliyah 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Patti Smith 3.79
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Spoon 3.76
Sparks 3.76
Missy Elliott 3.75
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Angel Olsen 3.72
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The Wedding Present 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Air 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
The Antlers 3.63
Ty Segall 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Deafheaven 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Will Oldham 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Charli XCX 3.53
Eels 3.52
Half Man Half Biscuit 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
Tears For Fears 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Jane’s Addiction 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
Wild Beasts 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
The Cribs 3.46
Cypress Hill 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Shins 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Converge 3.36
Metronomy 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
Elastica 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Iron & Wine 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
The Futureheads 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Ian Dury 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Maxïmo Park 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Ride 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
ELO 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
Duran Duran 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
The xx 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
The Distillers 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
The Horrors 2.84
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
Eurythmics 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Nelly Furtado 2.68
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Tame Impala 2.66
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
The Weeknd 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
N.E.R.D 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Ocean Colour Scene 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Phil Collins 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Jamiroquai 2.17
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Counting Crows 2.13
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Bryan Adams 2.00
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
Sir Rod Stewart 1.88
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Kaiser Chiefs 1.84
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Bruno Mars 1.79
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Today, then, as chosen by @Brainfreeze;

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0 voters

Never knowingly heard

3 Likes
  • United
  • Alphabetical
  • It’s Never Been Like That
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Bankrupt!
  • Ti Amo

0 voters

  • Party Time
  • Heatwave
  • Too Young
  • If I Ever Feel Better
  • Everything Is Everything
  • Run Run Run
  • Long Distance Call
  • Consolation Prizes
  • 1901
  • Lisztomania
  • Fences
  • Lasso
  • Entertainment
  • Trying To Be Cool
  • S.O.S. In Bel Air
  • Alone On Christmas Day
  • J-Boy
  • Ti Amo
  • Goodbye Soleil
  • Monologue
  • Identical
  • Alpha Zulu

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But more importantly, well done on getting this to 400! It’s hard to think what the boards would be like without them. Good one funky :muscle:

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING

2/5

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HGATR? 5/5!

Incredible work Funkman!

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Yup, don’t know em at all. Not even sure I could have truthfully told you there was a band called Phoenix prior to this.

They’re French and something to do with Daft Punk? That’s the extent of my knowledge, I’ll abstain.

I think Phoenix are amazing, so many great songs, listened to everything up to and including Wolfgang a lot, but then found everything after a bit deflating.

6 Likes

Wolfgang Amadeus is an absolutely great album and still holds up. Couple of good songs here and there on the others (if i ever feel better etc). Overall it’s probably a 3 but i’ll bump them to a 4 up for wap

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Wolfgang was a hook laden romp that suffered a bit from overexposure.

Never felt the urge to explore further.

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Listening to Wolfgang Amadeus now.

Just assumed from the name they’d be some 70s US proggers but instead it’s more like Modest Mouse or Wolf Parade.

Wet Ass Phoenix

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WAP is the classic obviously but I spend way more time with the last record, Ti Amo, these days. It’s brilliant.

3 Likes

Every now and again, I get the urge to stick Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix on, and I am never disappointed. Quality album. I seem to remember Bankrupt and Ti Amo having their moments, but it’s been a while since I’ve revisited them.

Only found out recently (on one of those TOTP Story Of… shows) that they were Air’s backing band for TV appearances during the 90s.

Gone with a 3, but feel like WAP could actually bump them to a 4.

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Listening to Pheonix again, and my god they have SO many good songs.

Here’s an anecdote about them because people like those in these threads.

An ex of mine who I hadn’t been with very long surprised me by getting tickets to see them at the Roundhouse on the Wet Ass Pussy tour. I didn’t know them that well at the time, but had liked what I’d heard. I listened to all their albums up to that point and properly fell in love with them, but it was only like a week and a half before the gig. We went to see them and they were magnificent live, better than I’d expected and I got so into it, I started doing that thing where you kinda move your mouth a bit along with it all because you want to know the words but you don’t (other than maybe one line in a chorus). At the end of the set, my ex said “I had no idea you liked them so much, you knew pretty much every word”. Rather than admit the embarrassing “I was just moving my mouth in the shape of what I wanted the words to be” I just said “yeah, I’ve been listening to them a lot lately” which technically isn’t a lie, but is deception.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is a superbly bad name for an album

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The first album is a bit patchy, but the good on it is absolutely great. Then the 3 albums after that are just stuffed with so many great songs. I absolutely adored them during that run, and they were great live. Ridiculously tight band.

But Bankrupt felt oddly lacking for me, I found it boring and it just never clicked with me. Ti Amo even more so. They went more synthy, upped the autotune and I completely lost interest. It’s such a shame, because Alphabetical to WAP is a phenomenal run. And for that they get a 4 from me.

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Only ever heard them when they came up during the Facebook game SongPop