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Iman and Hel Do SNL (without Iman): Phoenix

Phoenix is a band from Versailles France.

That whole "Lisztomania",  thing put the guy on the map and well, that’s sort of it.  Despite Iman saying they are a must see live act, I can’t help but wonder..why? As of this moment they’re a one hit wonder.  But with the promise of new material on April 22, I suppose Saturday Night Live was feeling cutting edge and Eurotrashtastic.  They did, after all, have a grand ol’ time with Gautier, right?  Anyway, this isn’t even Phoenix’ first time on SNL.  A year ago, April 4 to be exact, we got a couple tunes served up late night- and… will we get the same this week?

 

Again this brings us to the pathetic state of SNL.  A fabulous showing by Justin Timberlake only to serve up 3 weeks of repeats and come back with a rousing….Phoenix.  It is impossible to maintain any sense of momentum when you go from weeks of sucking to BOOM a ‘good one’….to repeats of suckage, dig? 


 I can tell you that Melissa McCarthy is a nightmare.  Badly acted poorly choreographed shes a fat girl train wreck.  
  The reason you laugh is that you're feeling so sorry for her.  There is nothing at all funny about this (her second) hosting spot.  She is just a beat behind every sketch and as for that ham skit- what a fucking idiotic waste of my life.  My IQ dropped 50pts from watching it.  Horrible.

 

A quick change of events as Iman will not join me for this pillow talk report.  He is off at Radio City Music Hall, watching the legendary Leonard Cohen.  So in his place I have snagged Mary Magpie to assist me.  She is a fan- I am not. 

 

Bathed in lights the band appears so damn intense that Im worried their going to pop a vein.  "Entertainment'" is a happy little ditty and well they're just far too intense for me.  They're notorious for that vocal and its there provided by  Thomas Mars,  same as always.  But They look older and they look tired and I don't even think the legit tour started (other than the free Brooklyn show last night).  A nice catchy pop band that I will forget about in 15 minute, but the drummer is a beast.

 

The Magpie is stunned at their rage and that the synth guy reminds her of Conor Oberst.  They've changed for the worse…how sad. Not a fan of this tune.  She doesn't understand where the synth and bass divide.  The song is just plain lame.

 

Iman adds: "Got in late from the Leonard Cohen gig at Radio City, but in time to hear the second excellent Phoenix song, " Trying To Be Cool", a brilliant piece of synth rock, and, oui mon ami Helen et Mary, le Francais can indeed rock. I already prefer Bankrupt over the first album and this is a perfect modern rock song. Encore, dudes!

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