"I think my greatest achievement would be 'Sussudio,' hands down. Seriously. What are you laughing at?" - from the Uncyclopedia entry on Phil Collins
We haven't had a quality discussion on Wall Street music on WSO since the Superday Playlist thread, so here's a tribute to someone who should be familiar to us all...
Immortalized in Wall Street culture with that famous monologue from "American Psycho," Phil Collins is probably one of the most emblematic stars of the 1980s (and, by extension, ever). Having already made his mark on rock history by drumming with Genesis before launching a solo career, the guy truly was everywhere. Through Reagan's consecutive elections, through the '87 stock market crash, through the RJR-Nabisco buyout, through the rise and fall of Drexel Burnham to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Phil Collins' discography reads like a soundtrack for the entire era.
Although he was widely respected as a drummer before this time, Phil Collins' name eventually grew to be mentioned with a tongue-in-cheek humor or mockery. What a lot of us younger monkeys forget is just how popular he used to be. For a brief time, he even gave Michael Jackson a run for his money.
His career cooled off a bit after the 80s ended, but since he is who he is and you can't keep a great songwriter down, Phil Collins gained an entire new generation of fans with his work on the 1999 Tarzan soundtrack.
I tend to relentlessly mock those in my age group who still watch Disney movies, but I will admit that if you forced me to watch that movie again, I could probably still sing every song from memory.
After working on one more soundtrack ("Brother Bear") and having a farewell tour, Phil Collins probably felt pretty good sitting back and counting his well-deserved cash. With the revival of appreciation for 80's music in the past few years, a lot of fans (myself included) held out hope that he would come out of hiding and hit us with another masterpiece, another "In the Air Tonight."
And then, tragedy struck: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_...
One of the greatest drummers of our age, and one of my personal favorites, is physically unable to play the drums anymore. I gotta admit, this hurts. Although he technically is already a Hall of Fame member with Genesis, a solo induction is most definitely in the cards. More than 100 million albums sold by himself, plus a whole boatload of iconic songs? They'd be crazy not to.
The reason for this post is to bring out those among us who share Patrick Bateman's deep, passionate appreciation for Phil Collins' work. There is no reason why news of his retirement should be sad! Let us celebrate Phil Collins, WSO-style! Feel free to leave some love for this very talented musician and post your favorite songs! (For my money, I don't think you could beat "Another Day In Paradise").
Or, you could simply give a serious answer to that immortal question as another fine gentleman put it...do you really like Phil Collins?