Phil Collins, brilliant in Genesis, excellent on solo album Face Value, pretty MOR ever since, dramatically announced his retirement 2 days ago.
That may not be such a bad thing, given his penchant for writing Disney Soundtracks, compiling hip hop hits (2001's Urban Renewal album) and for bringing us "Groovy Kind of Love", "Two Hearts" and "Another Side of Paradise"
He told the The Times newspaper that he has no plans to Tour again or make any further albums
In explanation he quoted the great Basil Fawlty
“Zoom! What was that?” Collins said. “That was your life, mate. Do I get another? No, sorry that was your lot.”
He was also asked how he felt about'In the Air Tonite being used in a recent chocolate ad.
“Do I mind? Well, if you’re ever remembered at all, it’s only usually for one or two things. With me, it’ll be: ‘He faxed his wife a divorce’, which is actually bollocks, but that’ll be on top of the headstone".
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