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… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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,ย Dream Into Action. While this version is just as goodย (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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As always, I thank everyone for their love & support of Phil and this campaign.
Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚

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Innovative Drummer…Master of Rhythm & Beat

“Drummers have the best gig in the band…they sit at the back….they’re the backbone, the goalkeepers of the group…” –Phil Collins Interview with Conan O’Brien, 1997

The quote goes on to say “…while the singer is out front wiggling their bum and appealing to the girls.”
Well Phil has been successful on all counts, both with Genesis and on his own. His contributions in musical arrangement, songwriting, and of course as a drummer turned Genesis into one of the top progressive rock bands in musical history.

But that’s not what this is about…
Today’s blog focuses on the many signature drum and percussion arrangements Phil has done that earned him the reputation as one the greatest drummer in rock music. Though unable to properly read music, he has an uncanny ability to hear the melody and feel the rhythm and beat of the music. With impeccable wristwork and smoothness, Phil always made the most of his drum kit each and every time he played.

To celebrate Phil’s first love, I am sharing some of his best drum solos and duets from his solo career (which happen to be all of them)….

Drum Duet, Serious Tour 1990
This drum duet was incorporated at the end of the song, “Colours” in setlist. Phil and Chester carried the African drum theme from Colours into this duet. What amazes me is the speed and precision with which the two of them played to stay in synch with each other.

The opening drum duet from the Both Sides Tour, 1995
This drum duet starts off with Phil playing as per usual. But there is something different about the way his drum kit looks and sounds. Is Phil playing junky trash cans? Actually pretty darn close….he’s playing his “rubbishkit” as he affectionately calls it. A specially made drum kit to look like a pile of junk and sounds very metallic and streetlike. During Phil’s brief but intense solo, a crash is heard, and a man appears at the top of the stairs out of nowhere…it’s Ricky Lawson mysteriously playing drums on his chest & thighs. Actually, Ricky is playing electronic drum plates under his clothing (shhh, it our little secret….okay, maybe not.). But again, a truly amazing arrangement… ๐Ÿ™‚

“Timbantocka”, Dance Into The Light Tour, 1997
In this high energy drum arrangement, Phil gets everyone into the act! Yes, everyone in the band plays a drum (with the exception of Andrew Woolfolk, who plays the tambourine) with full-on passion & joy! So much fun to watch!

And my final selection is…
“Drums, Drums, and More Drums”, The First Final Farewell Tour, 2004
Collins and Thompson together again behind the kit…’nuff said! ๐Ÿ˜€
Of course Phil took the classic Collins/Thompson drum duet one step further, turning it into a drum trio by adding the passion of energy of Luis Conte on percussion to create “Drums, Drums & More Drums”
Don’t need words for this, so I’m just gonna let this amazing arrangement speak for itself…enjoy!

So that’s it for now, my fellow Phil fans! Don’t forget to sign the online petition…
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/induct-phil-collins-into-the-rock-hall-of-fame

If you’ve already signed it….Thank you…thank you….thank you…a thousand times thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Still Meaningful After All These Years…

With all the uncertainty in our world today, especially here in the US, I find myself listening to Phil’s music and thinking, “This is just as relevant now as it was the day he released it…almost more so…”ย Songs like “Don’t Get Me Started”, “Another Day In Paradise”, and “Both Sides of the Story” still resonate even today. They speak a truth about the world as we know it, despite being written 20 years ago. These songs share a sentiment and remind us that we are not alone in this crazy world. ย Other songs like “Heat On The Street” and “Wake Up Call” boldly remind us to take a stand to make the world a better place.

For your viewing pleasure and illustrates my point quite nicely I might add… ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Don’t Get Me Started” – Phil’s take on government and politicians, the media’s spin of information, and the tragic events of 9/11. I guess it’s true what they say…”the more things change, the more they stay the same…”

“Another Day In Paradise” – Phil’s song about homelessness that went on to raise funds for local shelters around the world…

“Both Sides of the Story” – As it was in 1993, it’s life as we know it…still “we always need to hear both sides of the story…”

“Heat On The Street” – “Realise what a difference you make and don’t turn away…” – Stand up for what you believe it in and encourage others to do the same.

“Wake Up Call” – “This is your wake up call. I’m talkin’ย to you….” – Lead by example…Don’t be afraid to make a difference in others lives.

So how does this relate to getting Phil inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Simply put, the music of Phil Collins is timeless.
It speaks to a worldwide generation, both past & present and will continue to do so for generations to come.