Phil Collins

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Music
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Phil Collins

I’m almost hesitant to write this particular post because, quite frankly, I’m a massive Phil Collins fan. Saying that out loud, though, doesn’t happen very often.

Phil CollinsPhilip David Charles Collins was born on January 30, 1951. His career started off with a bang as he was a member of the English progressive rock band, Genesis. Starting as the band’s drummer and backing vocalist, Collins took over lead vocal duties once Peter Gabriel left the band in 1975. The band was seen as “cool” and “hip” and was, really, one of the original “alternative” bands during a time that disco, punk, and pop music was the norm.

All of that changed in 1982 with the release of Hello, I Must Be Going, which was Collins’ second solo album. Gone was the “coolness” of his Genesis songs like Turn It On Again and Abacab. Gone was the “kick-ass-ness” of In The Air Tonight from his first solo album. Instead, we were blasted with an example of where his career was going to go…

Phil CollinsNow this isn’t to say that the music of Phil Collins is bad in any way. On the contrary, his music brings a smile to my face every time I listen to it. The problem that fans like me have is that the music is, to say the least, “cheesy”. Whether it’s songs like Sussudio, Something Happened On The Way To Heaven, Invisible Touch, Dance Into The Light, Illegal Alien, or the entire Tarzan soundtrack…the musical path that Collins has taken has lacked a bit of (shall we say) “the coolness factor”.

Phil CollinsBut here’s some stats for you: Phil Collins has sold over 100 million records both as an individual artist and as part of a group (only Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson have done the same thing). As an individual and as part of Genesis, he had more Top 40 hits during the 1980’s than ANY other artist (think about that one, for a second). He is absolutely one of the most popular artists of all time.

So why the guilt? Well…how many times do you drive down the street with your windows down cranking out this little ditty?

Phil CollinsMaybe with the windows up? Yeah…exactly.

You KNOW that you love Phil, but you just want to keep that love to yourself. It’s fine…you’re not alone. Phil Collins is definitely worthy of being called a guilty pleasure.

Phil Collins

  1. Raymond says:

    Actually, I am a 34 year old male and I admit to being a huge phil collins fan. My favorite artist ever and I like all music genres, mostly rock. There is just something about phil collins. He is awesome. And you ask about blasting a song. I blast I dont care anymore all the time. Its bad ass. Get back to me. I am from Connecticut, USA.

  2. Eirene says:

    yeah, I don’t get why Phil Collins is supposed to be so daggy? When did that happen, and why? He certainly didn’t start out that way.

  3. Pam says:

    I absolutely adore Phil Collins, be it as a drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, guest artist, Big Band Leader, narrator, actor. He stretched himself artistically … Rock, pop, jazz, soul, Grammies, Golden Globes, Brit awards, his coveted Oscar, international hits. Philanthopist. His performance in the Cannes Film Festival entry, “Frauds,” showed me what an extraordinary actor he is. His beloved participatioin This American Life’s “The Break-up” is a shining example of why he was so sought after as a collaborator. “Glee,” thirty or so years later showcased his classic heartbreak song, “Against All Odds”.

    Is it any surprise that his adopted daughter Joely Collins, is one of Canada’s favorite and accomplished actresses, and his daughter Lity Collins is now popular internationally as both an actress and model, and his son Simon Collins is a wonderful talent in his own right as a musician?

    Phil has been my favorite artist “all of my life”, and yet have yet to listen to Brand X, the Eno albums, his contributions to Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, etc. How can it be that a performer, twenty to thirty years later, is still so popular as an adult contemporary artist that I hear him nearly everyday while shopping? Phil shouldn’t apologize about being ubiquitous. We made him popular and to us he is wondrous and beloved. May he know that, even in his retirement, he is appreciated, listened to, drummed with, and sung with, and LOVED worldwide.

    PS. May he be knighted by the British Crown for his philanthropy and because he is a living legend in ” a life less ordinary.”

  4. […] stylings of one Phil Collins live and in concert?  I have always considered Collins to be a guilty pleasure of mine and I’m a massive fan of his. I know that he’s retired from live performing, but […]

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