Sunday, May 12, 2013

Phil Collins Rules

For some strange reason I've been listening to a whole lot of Phil Collins recently.  I grew up in the 80s which means I'm more familiar with his solo work than I am with his days in Genesis.

He had some monster his in the 80s and that trend continued through the 90s and early 2000s.  From  epic love songs used in Hollywood blockbusters like  'Against All Odds' to the Disney smash 'Tarzan' where he penned the track 'You'll Be In My Heart'.

My favourite use of Phil's music came in this scene from 'American Psycho' and then in this scene from 'The Hangover'.  Phil Collins' music is timeless.

His song 'You Can't Hurry Love' might well be a cover of one of Motown's finest, The Supremes, but he manages to pull it off and then some.

Phil's a drummer and a singer-songwriter.  A rare combo to say the least - and if you've ever tried doing either you'll appreciate this man's great talents.

Phil's won many awards over the years including Grammys and MTV Awards as part of Genesis, and loads for his solo work like Best Duo, Single of the Year, Best Soundtrack and Best Rock Performance to name a few.  He also played drums on the important 'Do They Know It's Christmas' track as part of the super group Band Aid in 1984.  It's not Christmas in my family until we've heard this song on the radio.

Genesis' video for 'Land Of Confusion' belongs in 'Greatest Music Videos of All Time' - watch it again and I think you'll agree.

I've talked enough - let Phil's body of work speak for itself.  Hopefully you too will re-discover this man's amazing music.  Here are my top 5 favourite songs from Phil.

'Easy Lover'

'Don't Lose My Number'

'Against All Odds'

'In The Air Tonight'


'Groovy Kind Of  Love' *bonus

Thanks for reading/listening,


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