Phoenix are a (pretty excellent) French group whose Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix just won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album. Over the course of the past decade, they have won over critics and established a rather rabid fanbase based on the strength of four studio albums and an unerring ability to write razor-sharp indie pop. In the past year alone, the have saturated U.S. airwaves with performances on “Saturday Night Live,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” (R.I.P.), to name just a few. They are probably one of the 20 best-known indie rock acts on the planet.
Of course, pretty much all of this was news to Snooki, the bubbly, super-tanned star of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” who covered Sunday (January 31) night’s Grammy red carpet for MTV News. She probably thought Phoenix was that place just down the road from Lake Havasu.
Anyway, that much was apparent when the Snookster interviewed (and I use that term loosely) Phoenix on the carpet. Over the course of 83 seconds, she asked them if they watch her show (they don’t, because, as frontman Thomas Mars, puts it, “We’re French”), told guitarist Laurent Brancowitz that he looks like “the vampire Edward,” and — perhaps most notably — wondered if “they have guidos in France.” Like her encounter with metal veterans Judas Priest, it’s bizarre only when it isn’t really bizarre.
Needless to say, it’s pretty much required viewing. So here, for your cringing pleasure, is the footage of what happened when Snooki met Phoenix.