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No Jackasses Required: Phil Collins Retires; Attention Must Be Paid

March 7, 2011

People, rock stars have feelings, something you might want to remember the next time you make Mr. Sussido the butt of one of your obligatory cracks at music. Thanks to your bastardy ways, legendary singer and drummer Phil “Easy Lover” Collins is retiring from the music business and retreating from the throngs of folks who, “want to strangle him” whenever they hear, “Against All Odds”.

In addition to audience alienation, Collins cites health issues, which he says have made it difficult to continue with his career. I should mention that I am a huge Phil Collins fan. With Genesis, without Genesis, what have you. I also think he’s a fantastic drummer.

The star, who has sold more than 150 million records, says his main focus now is his two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, by his third wife Orianne Cevey. “I’m not worried about not being able to play the drums again, I’m more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids,” he says. (source)

So let’s a take a few moments to reflect on the polarizing greatness that was Collins’ 40 year career…

“No Reply at Alll” – One of my favorite Genesis songs. And, yes, of course, I am Team Phil rather than Team Peter.

“In the Air Tonight” – Few things define my childhood like Miami Vice, neon clothes and Phil Collins. The banging drum solo at 3:17ish mark is the stuff of rock legend. It’s the only reason I ever wanted to play drums. Well that and Easy Lover’s Prince-a-licious drum intro.

“Jesus He Knows Me” – The video wore itself out on VH-1 back when they used to actually play videos! I love the song and the video. It’s hilarious. The song also has some pretty catchy lyrics.

“Sussuido” – Every time I hear this song I have got to dance it out. Apparently, Sussido was the name of his daughter’s imaginary horse.

The songwriter also claims that listeners have grown “sick” of him and that there is no longer a place for him in the current music scene. “I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: ‘I can’t be in the same business as this’,” Collins says in an interview with FHM magazine.

I might only speak for myself, but Phil, as long as I have to do my grocery shopping at 3 in the morning there’s always a place for you in the musical landscape.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2011 11:25 am

    I really like Phil Collins. We listened to a lot of his music in my family – he was one of the three white guy singers I can think of that we listened to regularly (the others being Michael McDonald and Peter Cetera), and I always enjoyed his humor and personality as it came through interviews and music videos. I loved Genesis’ lack of vanity or pretension – they just made catchy music really well and at regular intervals. I know he went all Disney-fied, but once a popular musician gets past 40 they usually lose the edginess. He’s got to be pushing 60 by now so I say good on him for deciding to take care of his kids and his health; I don’t think anyone would deny his best work is behind him!

  2. March 7, 2011 4:01 pm

    He delivered some powerful music over the years. And it’s better to jump than to be pushed. Stay home and raise those boys right, Mr Collins.

  3. March 7, 2011 4:46 pm

    I agree with Mr. Collins. The eMpTyV music awards is no place for a talented performer like him. And I’m a Team Peter man!

  4. unscrambled permalink
    March 8, 2011 7:07 am

    Obvs, he is, politically, a jackass, but I will defend “Easy Lover” to the end as an amazing song/earworm–

  5. March 8, 2011 10:11 am

    i won’t admit to anyone how much son of man comes up on my itunes feed.
    *scratches head*

  6. March 15, 2011 5:14 pm

    I haven’t revisited Jesus He Knows Me in a loooong time. I had to watch I Can’t Dance right after it. Now I’m going to have to look up No Son of Mine and maybe even some videos from …But Seriously.

    Aw, all this good feelings for old Phil is making me forgive him for Tarzan and other douchey said things in recent years.

  7. March 16, 2011 5:27 am

    teehee, his two songs from tarzan are all i listen to. *hides*

  8. March 16, 2011 5:28 am

    all of phil collins i listen to.
    i listen to other stuff.
    a lot.
    most of the time.
    look how big of a tag Skins has gotten!!! this is exciting!

  9. March 17, 2011 2:02 am

    I have barely forgiven him for the douchey things he’s said. I mean after all, he’s not Eric Clapton!

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