I’ve never felt confident with the phrase “set the bar low” because I’ve maaaaaaaaaaaaaybe pictured said bar as a limbo bar for my entire life. I’ve always wanted to correct people and say, “Don’t you mean you’d set the bar high if you want to make it easier to accomplish?”
I JUST realized you’re supposed to jump over the bar.
First of all, although it is a GREAT song, I’m not considering “Easy Lover” eligible for my list because I never think of it solely as a Phil Collins song but instead very much a Philip Bailey AND Phil Collins song, and if you include that, then you could make the argument for inclusion of Genesis songs and mostly I just needed some excuse to get my list down to 10.
This might be my favorite fan-made youtube video ever. STAR WIPE! (At 1:06 there’s a different angle of the sweatpants-tambourine-middle-finger picture.) (That little bit of belly flub over the elastic band of his sweatpants…<3.)
It’s goofy storytelling videos like this that make me think Phil Collins would be really fun to hang out with; reminds me quite fondly of all the time I spent hanging out with my AV club nerd friends in high school making stupid music videos. There’s a duel and a post-apocalyptic game of chicken! Also I still want that “BILLY SAY DON’T” t-shirt.
I know this is supposed to be about the songs not the music videos, but that little moment where he plays air guitar makes me squeal with joy. And his dancing! Also, I like to make a mash up of this video and Road House in my head and pretend like it’s Phil Collins playing behind that chicken wire stage and he wins over the grizzled sociopath patrons at the Double Deuce. And then Patrick Swayze comes on stage and dances with Phil Collins and maybe they do the lift from Dirty Dancing?
This is probably my all time favorite music video since my all time favorite thing is playing air instruments to Phil Collins songs so this is as close to pure joy as I’m likely to encounter in 3 minutes and 42 seconds.
I stopped sucking my (right) thumb when I was six years old, but to this day, if I have one of those brief lapses of “which hand is my right, which is my left” I can solve it by instinctively raising my right thumb to my mouth. And then trying to look really casual about it, like I was just thinking, like some man in a catalog.
I didn’t stop sucking my thumb at night until I was like 12? 13? Maybe even older than that. We tried that stuff that you can put on your finger nails that tastes like vomit to make you stop biting your nails, but I can sleep through anything, including licking that right off. Then we tried a bandaid, but all that did was cause me to sleep-eat a lot of bandaids. So my mom used to tape a sock to my hand at night until I broke the habit. Slumber parties were a terrifying proposition to me at that age.
Anyway, I use my index finger and thumb to make an L shape with each hand; the one that looks like an L is left.