I fear that I actually legitimately like Phil Collins. Fuck that. I don’t fear it, I know it. And I celebrate it. While Chris was arguing with himself up there about whether it was Phil Collins or Genesis, I told him straight up it was Genesis. I can ALWAYS tell the difference. One time I had to borrow Chris’s iPod at the gym because I’d left mine at home, and he goes, “Just to warn you: there’s no Phil Collins on there.” Sussudio was my ring tone for awhile. I know the lyrics to songs you didn’t even know were Phil Collins songs. I’m not even embarrassed about it. I’m embarrassed for you for not knowing the joy that is “Don’t Lose My Number.”
I’m firmly in the “Against All Odds”-is-a-good-song camp*. And let’s not forget “Easy Lover.” I will sing the Philip Bailey part with you at the drop of a hat. (Plus, the video is about the making of the song! I love those videos! Let’s do a wacky dance!)
*I might disqualify myself as an impartial judge in this conversation when I admit that I still love REO Speedwagon and Karate Kid-era Peter Cetera. I was way into all the nasal male singers of the early-to-mid 80s. Phil Collins was a brute in comparison.
Guys, this is a serious problem.
On a side note I’m torn between whether or not it’s ok to like Phil Collins. He ruined Genesis, Leno-ing Peter Gabriel’s Conan. He also divorced his wife by fax, butchered “Can’t Hurry Love” and that Tarzan song sucked sweaty asshole. Everything his Nick’s told me about him(that clip from The Day Today), makes me think he’s probably a giant douche lord.
Guys, it’s “In the Air Tonight.” That’s what the “one with all the drums” is called. “In the Air Tonight.” Learn it. Love it. Although in some way, they’re all the ones with the all the drums. Phil Collins isn’t king of the Kingdom of Singing Drummers for nothin’.
I am firmly in the Phil Collins Is Not Cool camp (“Against All Odds” and “In the Air Tonight” still awesome though), but I prefer the Phil Collins version of “Can’t Hurry Love” to Diana Ross’. What does that say about me? Something I’m happy not examining.
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