The French band Phoenix won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album. The song “1901” from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix has been ubiquitous over the past year as has the Song of the Day “Lisztomania”. It’s featured today as it continues to be wildly infectious and is contrasted with a clever remix by Alex Metric. (BTW, his remix of “Stylo” by Gorillaz is particularly intriguing and can be found on his website.)

Franz Liszt is a Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso who lived in the 19th century. Lisztomania was an actual phenomenon throughout Europe akin to Beatlemania. Equivalent to our modern day rock star, Liszt’s showmanship and mesmerizing stage presence lifted audiences into a near hysterical frenzy. Women particularly adored him and fought over pieces of his clothing that he would throw into the audience, and they shed theirs as well.


Phoenix-“Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix)”