Guess What Phoenix’s ‘1901’ Is About?


We’d been wondering about the significance of the year “1901” ever since we first heard Phoenix’s single. Not enough to actually do any research or anything, of course. Luckily, front man Thomas Mars volunteered the information in a performance recorded for Spin, saying, “It’s a song about Paris. Paris in 1901 was better than what it is now. It’s still nice, but 1901 was better. This is a fantasy about Paris." Personally, we prefer the Paris of 1573, but yeah, sure, 1901 was all right. [MusicSlut]