A cell phone shot for Hear Ye Hear Ye that Thomas sent us while on tour this week.
Lou Reed - Street Hassle This album is the main influence for our new record.
Chris Bell - I am the Cosmos D'angelo - Voodoo
It feels like changing metric system.
Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
It's the best of France.
Sebastien Tellier - Politics
The best of France part 2.
Urge Overkill - Stull (EP)
We were the only members of the French fanclub along with Daft Punk.
13th Floor Elevator - Easter EverywherePrince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
We discovered this record as kids in Versailles and it was an epiphany.
Steve Reich - Drumming
Very good music for driving at night.
New Order - Power Corruption and Lies
It's a very big influence on us and the cover has great artwork.
Bryan Ferry - Another Time, Another Place
We had the poster of this album in our recording studio.
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Our teenage favorite.
Adam and the Ants - Prince Charming
Ennio Morricone - Giu la Testa
Hear Ye Hear Ye is the music based section of our blog in which we pick the brains of our favorite musicians and creative people. As well as divulging their most treasured albums, moments in music, and influences, each contributor elects their ten favorite albums to be the basis of our music selection for sale in all Opening Ceremony stores.
For our inaugural edition of Hear Ye Hear Ye, please welcome Thomas Mars of the band Phoenix. You probably first heard Phoenix on the Lost in Translation Soundtrack, but their history is well cultivated among the best of contemporary French music: before forming Phoenix, the boys worked with Air and Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. Their fourth album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenixdebuted this week and is an OC favorite for its synth-blazed electro rock perfection. Check the store for all of Thomas' selection out now.
Check out Phoenix's top ten albums!
Opening Ceremony: What was the first album, cassette, CD, or iTunes song you purchased? Thomas Mars: Sig Sig Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11
OC: What was the name of your first band and their first record? TM: "Boxon" was the name of the band we started we were 10 years old. It's the French word for "mess".
OC: What was the first concert you attended? TM: I saw Supertramp at Paris Bercy for the Cannonball Tour.
OC: What's your favorite band T-shirt? TM: Mine is an Electric Light Orchestra shirt. Branco also loves David Bowie jewelry from Diamond Dogs.
OC: What is your favorite album cover? TM: I love the Sig Sig Sputnik record covers. They are the main reason why I bought them as a kid. My favorite one is the Flaunt It cover.
OC: What song makes you dance? TM: The Smiths - "This Charming Man"
OC: What song is your guilty pleasure? TM: R. Kelly featuring T.I. and T-Pain - "I'm a Flirt"
OC: If you could meet any musician dead or alive, who would it be? TM: Prince
OC: You prepared for the album in some great locations - a boat on the Seine, Géricault's old studio, a hotel rooms all over the world... what was your favorite location and what do you think it brought to the album? TM: It brought very little but we had a great time! We always end up in very small closet-like studios to really get things done so it was nice to get some sun first.
OC: Word on the street is you're collaborating with Vampire Weekend on a remix -- can you tell us a little about that? TM: We are both so busy it's on stand-by for now...