As you might have heard by now, a petition has been launched to stop Phil Collins comeback. This is something I find about as funny as a 35 year old guy wearing an ironic "Bewitched" t-shirt. It is also something I find as offensive as people calling The Beatles overrated and as naive as those who believe some lo-fi indie garage rock band with musical chops somewhere close to The Shaggs and the New York Dolls is cooler than four guys who can play the shit out of their instruments but have too many hits. Get over it. Ain't nothing wrong with the Dolls and there ain't nothing about Genesis or Phil Collins that deserves the vitriol...except maybe that petition.
A guy manages to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of music, playing progressive rock, jazz fusion, big band, pop and funk all convincingly, takes over as lead singer of his band and makes them more successful, has the ability to switch gears and produce hit records for Eric Clapton and members of Earth, Wind & Fire, write for film, for which he won an Oscar, and Broadway, for which he won a Tony and all this translates to "suffering" for the hipper than thou crowd.
Look, I am not making a case for Genesis or Collins' solo work. This is not about why you should love Phil Collins, but more about why you shouldn't hate Phil Collins. Not sure why playing well and writing solid pop music is more offensive than not? Was it "Sussudio" that did it? Like it or not, I know I wish I wrote it. And the one below, too.
But okay, go sign the petition if you like and then laugh over a few pumpkin ales until Hooton Tennis Club takes the stage at Cake Shop. I'm going to listen to "Selling England By The Pound."