Tell me your favorite Phil Collins' songs to play

MaryO

Platinum Member
I'm a huge PC fan and always find that playing his music, whether from Genesis, solo, with Clapton, whatever, always makes me happy behind the kit and I actually have fun trying to learn those songs (even if I don't get them right...lol).

This week I've been working with Paperlate and I Don't Care Anymore (great for making use of those new Stage Custom toms!)...two very different songs but having not too bad results with both of them. Of course, I'm not matching them note for note but close enough for rock and roll, right? :)

Anyways, do you have any good Phil songs that you enjoy playing and that might be good for a mediocre player such as myself to attempt to play around with?
 

SquadLeader

Gold Member
The medley's from The Longs from the We Can't Walk album...

Some of the drumming is simply sublime...as good as I've ever heard.
 

MLdrum

Senior Member
Easy Lover. Played it a few times live, always great fun! Both grooving unison stuff and places where there's opportunities from some mild shredding :p I also really enjoy playing Another Day In Paradise and In The Air Tonight (absolute classic drum break!). They're quite the challenge, because you have to leave so much space to make them work.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
Phil played drums on Robert Plant's "In the Mood".
I find it a good tune for nice slow 16ths on the hat, if you wish to work that.
'Duke' is also a great hi energy number.
 

JohnW

Silver Member
I've got 4 for you, Mary! Classic Genesis (with and without Peter Gabriel). These are are slow to mid tempo and don't have tricky changes:

"Afterglow" from Wind and the Wuthering:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA_uWtbXnh8

"After the Ordeal" from Selling England By the Pound:
(The drums come in at 2:09)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZU3AVyAFC4

"Squonk" from Trick of the Tail:
(Some of the fills might be trickier, but the basic beat isn't)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzL-up4ZKgI

"Time Table" from Foxtrot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVkS0dPq2ig

-John
 

Bruce M. Thomson

Gold Member
Have not had a chance to play one yet except for a crack at Carpet Crawlers about 25 years ago but my choice would be Cinema Show, I love that song and never ever get tired of listening to it and the drumming has so much feel and groove.
 

KarlCrafton

Platinum Member
I always had fun with Dance On A Volcano, Squonk, Keep it Dark, No Reply and a few others....
Squonk especially. Just something about that song....
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
Lots of great suggestions! Thanks everyone...I look forward to playing around with some of these.
 

ggmerino

Senior Member
I always liked Lilywhite Lilith on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Dodo from Abacab, Smacks of Euphoric Hysteria on Unorthodox Behaivior, and I always really liked the short but sweet Wot Gorilla on Wind and Wuthering. Phil was a pretty kick ass drummer I think.

*I was just listening to the song Nubian Sundance on the Mysterious Traveller album by Weather Report and it strikes me that the basic beat is virtually identical to what Phil plays Wot Gorilla- go figure!
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
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
 

Drummin'Horn

Junior Member
opentune: Phil played drums on Robert Plant's "In the Mood".

I love all PC's works, and some amazing stuff outside Genesis too. Two of so many favorites:

Horizontal Departure - Robert Plant's Principle of Moments

I find Bill Buford and PC's play amazing on Slipperman/Afterglow from Three Sides Live

Peace,
 

bigiainw

Gold Member
Phil was my original drumming hero and responsible for me taking up drums in the first place. His playing is so diverse over the years that there is something for everyone in there. His 80's/90's stuff with Clapton (Bad Love) as well as his playing with Brand X and all points in between never fail to inspire me. If I had to choose just one track that does it for me, then perhaps the predictable "Apocalypse in 9/8" section from Supper's Ready does it the most for me.
 

Winston_Wolf

Platinum Member
Lots of great suggestions so far! :)

Phil is my favorite drummer so I'll try to keep my favorites list concise and hopefully hit a few not mentioned so far.

Solo and as a guest...

I Missed Again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr-SNCtoyPk

Hand In Hand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BORI-2Bqs6o

The Least You Can Do
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JmTLVt65f4

Bad Love (Eric Clapton)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIQwXo0Km-g

Euthanasia Waltz (Brand X)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqrrJ9Ma8k8

And some Genesis...

Get 'Em Out By Friday
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bfFH9M6RnY

The Colony of Slippermen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyNKjAUd_HQ

Man Man Moon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W-uOQ41n8U

Eleventh Earl of Mar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxc0IGNthNo

Dodo/Lurker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG53nM03iac
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
Phil was my original drumming hero and responsible for me taking up drums in the first place. His playing is so diverse over the years that there is something for everyone in there. His 80's/90's stuff with Clapton (Bad Love) as well as his playing with Brand X and all points in between never fail to inspire me. If I had to choose just one track that does it for me, then perhaps the predictable "Apocalypse in 9/8" section from Supper's Ready does it the most for me.
I have to admit that Bad Love is one of my all time favorite songs. I call it my theme song and am thinking of making a tattoo out of it.
 
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