But Seriously, Do You Like Phil Collins?

"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?

Comments (27)

May 24, 2011

I always thought Invisible Touch was his masterpiece. . . .

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May 24, 2011
OnTheTrack:

I always thought Invisible Touch was his masterpiece. . . .

Good choice! Although he recorded that one with Genesis, it still counts. It's an epic meditation on intangibility.

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May 24, 2011

This thread really has me confused. You mention the discussion of quality music and all which is great, but then for whatever reason, Phil Collins is also mentioned. Are you making sure to list counter-examples or did I miss the point of the post?

May 24, 2011

Phil Collins? He definitely works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist.I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent.

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May 24, 2011

phil collins is great. top pic-sussudio

May 24, 2011

I think abandoning this whole 80s culture / patrick bateman shrine bullshit would be refreshing, imo

May 24, 2011

I'm a massive Phil Collins fan and I don't watch movies

Favorite track is Lose My Number from No Jacket Required

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7Z-eUmR2bM

May 24, 2011
adapt or die:

I'm a massive Phil Collins fan and I don't watch movies

Favorite track is Lose My Number from No Jacket Required

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7Z-eUmR2bM

Lose My Number is excellent, definitely a hidden gem amongst his better-known songs. Personally, my favorite album is But Seriously. The thing with Phil is that he actually made music that not only had social meaning or was filled with intense personal emotion that you can relate to, but also was catchy at the same time. His daughter is also hot.

Bottom line, don't phuck with Phil Collins.

May 25, 2011
westsidewolf1989:
adapt or die:

I'm a massive Phil Collins fan and I don't watch movies

Favorite track is Lose My Number from No Jacket Required

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7Z-eUmR2bM

Lose My Number is excellent, definitely a hidden gem amongst his better-known songs. Personally, my favorite album is But Seriously. The thing with Phil is that he actually made music that not only had social meaning or was filled with intense personal emotion that you can relate to, but also was catchy at the same time. His daughter is also hot.

Bottom line, don't phuck with Phil Collins.

Amen! "Inside Out" from No Jacket Required is great too...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwbhOt7mJuQ
And yes, Lily Collins is quite beautiful.

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May 25, 2011

I'll be the first to admit I don't know much about music. Never had an iPod, and since my first laptop died three or four years ago I haven't bothered to keep a collection on a computer either. I just go with Pandora, for like $30 I get all the music I could ever ask for without ads for a year. In the car I listen to XM, on planes I just deal with it.

At work I tend to crush 80's pop (how stereotypical of me, but I did this in my consulting/BO internships before I even knew I wanted to do banking) or techno. Preferably without vocals or obnoxious bass. For some reason quick-tempo, upbeat music helps keep me concentrating.

When I'm going out I tend to start things off with heartland rock (think Bruce, John Mellencamp, etc.) and then progress to whatever top-40 hip hop shit happens to be playing at the bars.

I anticipate listening to a lot of music this summer, it really helps me work better. Will I be considered antisocial or something if I keep headphones in while I work? No one seemed to care in my other internships but obviously in this one I can't afford to seem like someone who doesn't like being accessible to people.

And, to keep with the theme of the thread: Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

May 25, 2011

Yeah I have the original No Jacket Required CD in my card and original jewel case in my center consol. I actually like tracks 2 and 4 alot even know your casual Phil fan may have never even heard them. That whole album always put me in a good mood.

Also Westside, I couldn't agree with your comments more. For all the people who think Collin's music is too lame or too pop it's 1000x better than most of the dreck coming out now.

May 26, 2011
adapt or die:

Yeah I have the original No Jacket Required CD in my card and original jewel case in my center consol. I actually like tracks 2 and 4 alot even know your casual Phil fan may have never even heard them. That whole album always put me in a good mood.

Also Westside, I couldn't agree with your comments more. For all the people who think Collin's music is too lame or too pop it's 1000x better than most of the dreck coming out now.

No Jacket Required (I have the original CD as well!) is like an instant 80's party as soon as you put it in. Although to be honest, I don't think he needed the very last track, "We Said Hello Goodbye." "Take Me Home" is what he always finishes concerts with, so having anything after that felt unnecessary to me.

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May 26, 2011

As far as 80s music is concerned I'm more into the Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, Police, Queen... Throw in some Deep Purple for the fun (it's not aged that well though...)

Anyone familiar with New Order?

Sep 13, 2011
Muskrateer:

As far as 80s music is concerned I'm more into the Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, Police, Queen... Throw in some Deep Purple for the fun (it's not aged that well though...)

Anyone familiar with New Order?

New Order has some fun stuff. I listen to them if I'm in the mood for something different (i.e., not rock or heavy metal). Not a fan of the Smiths, but the rest you've mentioned is pretty solid.

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Sep 9, 2011

Easy Lover is also a great track

Sep 13, 2011

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Sep 25, 2011

I was randomly searching to see if it's okay to list 50s/60s oldies in your interests section and stumbled upon this. I like Collins. My absolute favorite would always be "Another day in paradise". Seriously, the beginning of the song gets me every freaking time :)

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Sep 25, 2011

I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.
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Sep 25, 2011

http://www.today.com/id/41938467/ns/today-today_en...

While I do love him, it takes a bigger man to swallow his pride and realize when it's time to ride into the sunset. All these classic rock guys coming back for a cheap payday riding nostalgic coat tails piss me off a little, but Phil created to the very end and remained relevant.

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!

Sep 25, 2011

Good night sweet prince

"Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?"

Sep 25, 2011

Very sad news, one of my favorites both by himself and with Genesis. A true legend.

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Sep 25, 2011

Su-su-ssudio...
Great voice and drummer. More a fan of his work with Genesis than his solo stuff.

Sep 25, 2011

Sad news but it's a well deserved retirement

Sep 25, 2011
Beny23:

Sad news but it's a well deserved retirement

Right.

Sep 25, 2011
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