Phoenix's 2009 performance of this song on Saturday Night Live
was a career-defining moment for the band. Daniel Glass, head of Glassnote Records, recalled getting the initial call from SNL
looking to get the band on the show just after the label had leaked "1901." "We gave the song away for free and it shot up to number one on the blogs," Glass explained to Radio.com
. "They wanted to book the band in a few weeks, which was unheard of because the band would be on SNL
way before their album would be out."
Thomas Mars added that guesting on the show was the best way to introduce themselves to an American audience, to actually have them see the band live and in the flesh. "There was no misunderstanding possible. People didn't hear the song and think we were two DJs or a Scottish trio, which happened to us many times before," the singer explained with a chuckle. "It was nice to start the relationship with the US. in a good way on a good basis. It wasn't a blind date."