Versailles and its surroundings were in the spotlight in Los Angeles. During the night from Sunday to Monday at the 52nd Grammy, considered the Oscars of music, Phoenix was crowned in the category of best alternative album for his fourth CD, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”, ahead of artists of the caliber of Depeche Mode. This quartet, which writes its songs in English, is made up of Thomas Mars, a native of the city of kings, Deck D’Arcy, deâ? ¦ Bois-d’Arcy and two brothers from Chesnay.
These four young people in the wind met at the age of shorts and perfected their ranges at the prestigious Hoche high school in Versailles. They occupied their free time in the music studio built for them by Jean-Louis Croquet, the singer’s father, Thomas Mars, inside his mansion on Boulevard de la Reine. A studio called to enter the history of music since there were also rehearsing those who would become the groups Air and Daft Punk.
“My son always says that it is normal for him to make music, that he had only that to do, explains Jean-Louis Croquet, because Versailles is according to him a magnificent museum that he should not wake. “An opinion supported by another source which reports that” the Versailles label annoys Phoenix. They are a little critical of the city which they consider plan-plan and closed in on itself ”.
A story of repulsion-attraction. Christophe Tardieu, former general administrator of the Palace of Versailles, recounts that Thomas Mars had shown himself to be very voluntary during the concert organized with the representatives of the Versailles Touch on the Neptune basin in June 2007. “It was complicated to put in place between the agendas of Air, Phoenix and the two other artists. But Thomas was won over by the idea of playing 50m from his childhood home. “For the record, the concert took place under a downpour. The quartet had played anyway, stopping just on the last song due to a short circuit. Umpteenth episode which links the family of Thomas Mars to the city of kings. As confirmed by his father, now a winegrower in Château-de-Thuerry, in the Var, but who declares: “There is no more deeply rooted Versailles than me. “
His friend Alain Baraton, the gardener of the castle, relates two anecdotes about Jean-Louis Croquet: “He was almost born in the hamlet of the Queen, his mother had his first pains and a gardener took him to the Franciscan clinic. And he bought a house in Versailles where he had been turned away from one evening because of his origins… ”From now on, the fate of the Croquet family is played out between the United States and Versailles. Thomas Mars is Sofia Coppola’s companion. “I received a congratulatory email from Francis Ford Coppola and his wife, they watched the Grammys,” says his father. The city of Versailles sent a congratulatory telegram to the group. “I have always thought that Phoenix was the spearhead of the French touch, declares the mayor, François de Mazières (DVD). And it’s not over. Behind, it continues to grow with small young people. In Versailles, there is not only baroque music. “
Pending succession, Phoenix has resumed its American tour. They were playing last night in Arizonaâ? ¦ Phoenix.