Thursday, September 12, 2013

"I Missed Again" by Phil Collins

Song#:  0536
Date:  03/21/1981
Debut:  79
Peak:  19
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  When the 80s came along, Collins' marriage was ending and he retreated to deal with everything. A good chunk of that time was spent writing songs that would eventually make up his first solo album. Offered a solo contract by his label, Collins issued his debut LP "Face Value," which features this first single. It reached the Top 20, helped to propel the album into the Top 10, and started off one of the most successful solo careers of the 80s.

ReduxReview:  The sound of this single basically sent the tone for many of Collins' solo work to come, specifically with the horns (which, apparently, he was advised not to use but did anyway). I was just learning about Genesis and Collins at this time and had not really developed an interest either yet, but I did like this song. For me, it has gotten better over the years.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Genesis was not Collins' first major label band. In 1969, he was in the band Flaming Youth and they issued one album called "Ark 2." It was a concept album that got quite a bit of good press, but unfortunately (or fortunately for Collins) the album went nowhere. The following year, Collins and another Flaming Youth member auditioned for Genesis. Obviously, Collins got the spot.


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