Tell me your favorite Phil Collins' songs to play

nuclearelf

Member
My drumming basically began with the Abacab and Duke albums. Turn it on again and Dodo are two I still enjoy playing. Playing in metal bands in the mid 90's, mentioning Phil Collins as my biggest influence would always get my bandmates chuckling. Playing them side three of Three Sides Live opened their eyes. He wasn't just the ballad machine they thought he was.
 

LeftyDoug

Senior Member
Nice to see Phil getting some cred on here. All of these are great suggestions. I like Genesis "Fading Lights." Lots of good stuff in there. Phil is reason I learned to play fully left-handed. One of my first influences.
 

arthurk1

Senior Member
Doesn't anybody stay together anymore off No jacket required. Not sure if it was the Tr-909 or him but I like the song a lot and he never plays it live like the album, which I wasn't thrilled about.
 

richkenyon

Silver Member
When I used to do a Genesis tribute band I enjoyed "Los Endos" a lot .... there's a bit here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDE-nyEvLpQ&list=UUi6RpRHxUqWH6sqU1eYFGjA

I have nothing but respect for what Phil Collins did on those records and it was a great musical experience.

"Cinema Show" was a joy to play, as was "Dancing With the Moonlight Knight" and "Afterglow" was always moving.

My favourite was probably "One For The Vine" not so much for the drum part, but because the music was so engaging.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I've always liked the drumming on Clapton's "Bad Love" but I never realized that was Phill.

Did anyone mention "Open Arms" by Robert Plant? It's has a brilliant mix of some Bonham style feel and groove, but also some prog-rock influences.

Really amazing that in the early 80's Phill found time to do his solo stuff, play on all these other albums and still be in Genesis.
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
In case anyone was curious here's my PC set list that I've decided to work on for now:

Paperlate....nice and short with some simple fills during the verse that I've been trying to get right

Don't Care Anymore...gives me some "tom" time that I don't feel I get enough of

Bad Love (Clapton)...because it's always been one of my all time favorite songs and when I started drumming it was one I wanted to learn play. I've tried it before but it was a while ago and I think I'm better prepared for it now.

No One is to Blame (H. Jones)...something different and I really like the feel of it. It's another one of those it just makes me happy to play it songs :)

Maybe not some of the more iconic PC songs but I'll save those for later. If I'm able to make any progress maybe I'll create a little video montage or something for your viewing pleasure (or cringe factor! Lol). Thanks again for all the input. I've had fun going back and listening to some of these songs that I'd forgotten about!
 

opentune

Platinum Member
If you want to call Chester a "cover" drummer, then consider reading about his history
a bit more before assigning that label.
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I didn't label him at all, other than 'good'. Actually I should have said 'great'!
My point was he's covering Phils drumming, IN Genesis i.e. "from the Genesis point of view (your words).
I never said he is universally a 'cover' drummer.
You clearly prefer him and I'm really glad for that.
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
And I agree it really shows off Phil's feel and groove. His way of making a groove feel loose and yet perfectly in time is really hard to pull off. Most guys that play along to drum machines or metronomes end up sounding stiff but Phil's drumming is anything but.

Another somewhat forgotten gem is Phil's work on Howard Jones' No One Is To Blame.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pekhxxngQ3s
another good choice! i had no idea phil played drums on that track. This is one I will definitely work on, I really like the feel of it.

Also, just so everyone knows, I took a look at In the Mood tonight.. great song, don't think I'm quite ready for that one yet. Just can't get the feel of the hh work with my sticks. I would pobably have to see that one wriiten out so I'd know what I'm doing. I think I'll wait a little while on that one (although I must thank you for putting that song in my head all day...I can't seem to get rid of it! lol).
 

Winston_Wolf

Platinum Member
One piece of Phil's drumming that never gets mentioned is Do They Know It's Christmas, the Band Aid charity single. Apparently he nailed it in 2 takes and considering the people who were in that room watching him and the pressure he was under to deliver on time I consider it to be amongst his best work.

It's actually a really nice groove and although the toms get lost in the mix a bit (thank Midge Ure working all night with no sleep for that) I think you'd really enjoy having a go at it.
Great choice!

And I agree it really shows off Phil's feel and groove. His way of making a groove feel loose and yet perfectly in time is really hard to pull off. Most guys that play along to drum machines or metronomes end up sounding stiff but Phil's drumming is anything but.

Another somewhat forgotten gem is Phil's work on Howard Jones' No One Is To Blame.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pekhxxngQ3s
 

Bad Tempered Clavier

Silver Member
One piece of Phil's drumming that never gets mentioned is Do They Know It's Christmas, the Band Aid charity single. Apparently he nailed it in 2 takes and considering the people who were in that room watching him and the pressure he was under to deliver on time I consider it to be amongst his best work.

It's actually a really nice groove and although the toms get lost in the mix a bit (thank Midge Ure working all night with no sleep for that) I think you'd really enjoy having a go at it.
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
Fantastic song, great album. I did not know that Collins is on that track. I own the CD and Vinyl but I never really bothered to check the liner notes. Now that I am playing the song in my head I can hear it, it is so in his wheel house.
Yeah, it's a great pop album, the title track The Seed Of Love is very Beatles influenced, good drummers all around on the entire album:

Manu Katché, Chris Hughes, Phil Collins, Simon Phillips...

Just a few amateur drummers, lol.

Sorry for the derail Mary :)
 

MattJ

Member
So many fun songs to play. Cinema Show/Aisle of Plenty, Apocalypse in 9/8, Wot Gorilla, Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers. Fly on a Windsheild is a special favorite, one of the heaviest drum parts I've ever heard. I love listening to a lot of his Brand X stuff, but am too chicken to try most of that, LOL.
 

Bruce M. Thomson

Gold Member
Gotta say I never expected this much of a response on this thread. Loving all of the discussion. I defnitely have a long list to work with.

Never thought of In The Mood, will most certainly check that one out.

I'm not going to get into the PC/CT debate or even the one of how good of a drummer PC is in general, all I know is that it seems that just about whatever music he does, it makes me happy and makes me want to play and that, for me, kind of says it all. There are a lot of other drummers out there that I admire and enjoy but few that just make me feel like, "hell yeah, I can get out there and do that too and have fun at it! "

Now go have fun and Happy Drumming!
Good point,He certainly exudes his goodwill in his playing.
 

Bruce M. Thomson

Gold Member
I have many favorites from old Phil, mainly from his solo albums...

But I love this one, Woman In Chains, the opening track from Tears For Fears 1989 album The Seeds Of Love, Phil's groove and fills are incredible, not an easy song to play, I agree, but very inspiring, even if you don't do all the stuff he does :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_7l65CBaTo
Fantastic song, great album. I did not know that Collins is on that track. I own the CD and Vinyl but I never really bothered to check the liner notes. Now that I am playing the song in my head I can hear it, it is so in his wheel house.
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
Gotta say I never expected this much of a response on this thread. Loving all of the discussion. I defnitely have a long list to work with.

Never thought of In The Mood, will most certainly check that one out.

I'm not going to get into the PC/CT debate or even the one of how good of a drummer PC is in general, all I know is that it seems that just about whatever music he does, it makes me happy and makes me want to play and that, for me, kind of says it all. There are a lot of other drummers out there that I admire and enjoy but few that just make me feel like, "hell yeah, I can get out there and do that too and have fun at it! "

Now go have fun and Happy Drumming!
 
The beauty of OPINION, nobody is wrong.

CT intrepeted the songs and made them better in my opinion.

I would hire CT over PC every time.

You could also put a pic of Phils kit in the "tom angle" thread........lol

Have seen Genesis 6 times live before Abacab was released, twice the purchased seats
were behind stage, to watch CT. I went to watch CT play and listen to PC sing.

In the older concerts right after PG split, the double drumming was tasteful and Phil
took a backseat to Chester, complimenting him.

If you look at some Paris 2007 video, there were times CT was idle as Phil was giving
it his last hurrah on the kit, same old sticking and many rolls around the toms.

If you want to call Chester a "cover" drummer, then consider reading about his history
a bit more before assigning that label.

Wanna challenge? Dissect both parts of the intro for Behind the Lines and merge them
into single play. That will get you going.
 
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