Production Gold: The Collins Touch

Okay, so we all know Phil Collins was the golden boy of the 1980’s. His songs were everywhere (’cause you know we like it… 😉 ). His signature sound was everywhere as well and not just in his music. Phil’s influence and style could be heard in many artists throughout the 1980’s…Frida Lyngstad, Phillip Bailey, Howard Jones, Adam Ant, Eric Clapton, just to name a few. Much of the music Phil produced went on to be certified hits for each artist.

Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad: Something’s Going On
In a complete departure from the soft sounds of Abba, Frida wanted a much edgier feel for her first solo album. She asked Phil to write a song for her solo album purely on the basis of Face Value. The two shared a common experience, having both been through painful divorces. Unfortunately, due to a heavy tour schedule with Genesis at the time, Phil was unable to write for her, but suggested she do a remake of “You Know What I Mean”, his song from Face Value. And once the Genesis tour wrapped up, Phil went on to produce her first solo album.

Frida’s remake of Phil’s song , “You Know What I Mean” (recording session)…

Official Video for “I Know There’s Something Going On” (featuring Phil on drums!)
One of the biggest songs from her solo career. 😀

Howard Jones: “No One Is To Blame”
Redone for the ep, Action Replay, “No One Is To Blame” features Howard Jones’ lyrics and emotionally charged vocals with Phil’s drum work and backing vocals. Production credit goes to Phil as well.
The original version of this song has a more organic, acoustic feel to it, and can be heard on Howard Jones’ 1986 album, Dream Into Action. While this version is just as good (at least in my opinion) as the much more radio friendly version, the Collins produced remake went on to be Jones’ biggest hit of his career in the US, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
Honestly, being a Howard Jones fan as well as Phil, this was “a match made in heaven” for me as I consider this one of my favorites songs that Phil has production credit.

Philip Bailey: Chinese Wall
Whenever a discussion takes place regarding Phil’s work as a producer, one absolutely, positively cannot forget this album. It features “Easy Lover”, which was co-written by Phil, along with Philip Bailey and Nathan East. This song went on to become one of the biggest songs of Bailey’s solo career. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned both Phil and Philip Bailey a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 1986, while the album itself earned Baily a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.

So as I bid farewell for now, please remember we are in the final week of Operation Big Push February. If you haven’t signed our Online Petition, please do so by February 28th. Our goal is 1000 signatures by March 1st and we need just 327 more! We are so close…come on people, stand up & be counted! 😉

As always, I thank everyone for their love & support of Phil and this campaign.
Lisa 🙂


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