Phoenix joined on stage by Air’s Nicolas Godin during NME Awards Show, with Austin Texas

Parisians revisit their 'Virgin Suicides' collaboration during O2 Academy Brixton gig

Nicolas Godin from Air put in a guest appearance at Phoenix‘s NME Awards Show, with Austin Texas at O2 Academy Brixton last night (February 5).

Godin was welcomed on stage by Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars to perform ‘Playground Love’, the song Mars, under the shortlived pseudonym Gordon Tracks, recorded with Air for the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s 2000 movie The Virgin Suicides. “We have something special for you,” Mars announced to the crowd as Godin took a seat at an electric piano. “This is a song I started writing with someone in 1999.”

Earlier, fresh from a tour of the Far East, Phoenix had played a set that took in favourites from right across their 15-year, five-album catalogue. The emphasis was on last year’s ‘Bankrupt!’, with versions of lead single ‘Entertainment’ bookending the night and a three-song medley of ‘Trying To Be Cool’, ‘Drakkar Noir’ and ‘Chloroform’ providing the centrepiece, but they went right back to the start with ‘If I Ever Feel Better’ – “One of the first songs I ever wrote,” revealed Mars.

An exuberant performance saw Mars throwing himself into the audience on several occasions, as first ‘Lasso’ and later ‘1901’ met rapturous receptions. There was still time for the band to calm things down though, with a mellow interlude from guitarists Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai, and – at the start of the encore – a stripped back version of 2009’s ‘Countdown’.

Phoenix played:

‘Long Distance Call’
‘Too Young’
‘Run Run Run’
‘Trying To Be Cool’
‘Drakkar Noir’
‘The Real Thing’
‘Consolation Prizes’
‘SOS In Bel Air’
‘Playground Love’
‘If I Ever Feel Better’
‘Funky Squaredance’
‘Entertainment (reprise)’

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