May 252013
 

Sounds of the Hall in roughly 33 1/3 minutes!

Sounds of the Hall in roughly 33 1/3 minutes!

Between the years 1980 and 1986, Phil Collins put out 3 studio albums while Genesis put out 4. Too much!? As discussed in an earlier post, a little Genesis goes a long way. I think the same applies to Phil Collins’ early ’80s output. I never latched on at the time and still to this day he doesn’t do a whole lot for me…until now.

In this episode, I will present a worthy Phil Collins song along with some other famous Collins’ from the worlds of blues, folk-rock, rockabilly, new wave, power pop, and funk.

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Concerned with evil

Concerned with evil

Doesn't care anymore

Doesn’t care anymore

 

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  9 Responses to “Rock Town Hall’s Saturday Night Shut-In: Full Collins”

  1. cliff sovinsanity

    Playlist:
    Hard Lovin’ Loser – Judy Colins
    Satellite City – Orange Juice (feat. Edwyn Collins)
    Working Too Hard – Paul Collins Beat
    Hop, Skip and Jump – Collins Kids
    Collins Shuffle – Albert Collins
    Louis Collins – Mississippi John Hurt
    For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me – Jethro Tull
    The Pinocchio Theory – Bootsy’s (Collins) Rubber Band
    I Don’t Care Anymore – Phil Collins

  2. Yeah, what exactly is the “cusp point” with Phil Collins? No shame in liking those first few solo albums, but then he jumped the shark.

    Could we chart his demise to run parallel with his hair?

  3. ladymisskirroyale

    Another great show! I was particularly partial to Edwyn Collins/Orange Juice. Even after a stroke, the dude is going strong and now has a record label, AED records.

    Good call on the Phil Collins track. It’s interesting how when other people point out aspects of a song years later, you can go back and listen to it and actually enjoy it. I’d ignored that song for so long as just more radio stuff from my AZ radio rockin’ youth but I wasn’t really paying attention to the anger at that time. More likely, I was listening to the drumming.

    I still like Collins because of his drumming skills and his participation in some good stuff in Genesis. A year or two ago, I heard him on this This American Life episode, about break up songs: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/339/Break-Up?act=1#play

    His portion is the first 33 minutes of a piece created by Starlee Kine (aside – do you have to have a lisp to be a female producer on TAL?). I think Members of The Hall may enjoy a listen as it deals with several topics possibly worth further discussion:
    – Breakup songs. Why can they have such crappy words but still resonate?
    – Contacting and speaking with a music idol.
    – A musician sharing about personal choices in music and relationships.
    – Michael Bolton
    – Joe McGinty
    – A Phil Collins movie (!) called “Buster.” Did anyone see it?

    That he participated in that TAL piece made me like him even more, despite “Against All Odds” which I always thought was horrible. But then again, don’t we all have our own breakup songs? that

    • cliff sovinsanity

      I must have missed that episode of TAL. I’ll check it out.
      You nailed exactly my feelings about the Phil Collins song. Beyond that, it’s an odd song considering that the drums are the lead instrument. I can’t think of any other song where that happens. I also never paid attention to when he goes as far as name checking his ex wife Jill in the lyrics. That’s harsh.
      Side story: Around 1984 I decided to teach myself to play the piano on an old upright in our basement. I “borrowed” the sheet music to a piano song that was popular at the time from the music room in my high school. I already knew how to read music so I figured my way around the keys. After a couple of weeks I could play the song on the piano. That song was “Against All Odds”.

    • I hope to catch up on this show and that This American Life episode today. Just yesterday I was saying that TAL needs just one storyteller who doesn’t speak with a lisp. Love the show but am getting tired of that same voice, woman or man.

    • ladymisskirroyale

      What I meant to say in that last sentence was something to the effect of “Don’t we all have our breakup songs that resonate, despite their stupid lyrics or a performance by an artist we wouldn’t normally admit to listening to?”

 
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