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Last week, I got considerable grief when I revealed that one of my favorite songs from childhood was David Gates' "Goodbye Girl." I think part of it was oversaturation -- I enjoyed a local DJ, and that was the song he'd play as his sign-off song when the station went off the air. (It was the 70's, and a small-town station that went off the air at night.)

Well, I might like that song, but it's not one of my favorites. And some of the ones that do qualify as "favorites" have a bit more bite to them.

Now, some of you folks probably think of Phil Collins as the whiny nice guy. Well, that's a fair rap, especially since he started doing more and more Disney stuff. Truth be told, he's always had a bit of that in him, ever since his second recording as lead singer -- "More Fool Me" on Genesis' "Selling England By The Pound" album. Since then, songs such as "Misunderstanding" or "One More Night" or "In Too Deep" or... well, you get the idea.

But Phil Collins can rock.

Or, at least, he could. once.

You want proof?

I don't care what anyone else says -- not even Phil, who co-wrote the song: it's the Psycho song.


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I can't see you, m... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:
I can't see you, mama But I can hardly wait oh To touch and to feel you, mama Oh, I just can't keep away In the heat and the steam of the city Ooh, it's got me running and I just can't brake So say you'll help me, mama 'Cause it's getting so hard, ooh

Phil seems to have a much closer relationship with his mama than I have with mine.

That, Mr. Tea, is a tie for... (Below threshold)

That, Mr. Tea, is a tie for my favorite song by them. (the other being The Carpet Crawlers). If you leave out all that ballad-y crap, the man can sing. And play drums!

Like others (Sting, Peter Gabriel, etc), he stopped doing what made him tons of $$ and became an 'artiste'.

Um, the first Phil Collins ... (Below threshold)
Captain Ned:

Um, the first Phil Collins lead vocal was "For Absent Friends" from Nursery Cryme. "More Fool Me" was his first credited lead vocal appearance.

Ha ha. Heh!... (Below threshold)
Caustic Conservative:

Ha ha. Heh!

A bit creepy, like Norman B... (Below threshold)

A bit creepy, like Norman Bates creepy. ww

I always liked Turn it On a... (Below threshold)
the struggler:

I always liked Turn it On and Abacab.Excellent up-beat songs.I also think In the Air Tonight was one of Genesis' best.Kinda timeless.

Um, struggler, "In The Air ... (Below threshold)
Captain Ned:

Um, struggler, "In The Air Tonight" is a Phil Collins solo release.






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