Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Man on the Corner" by Genesis

Song#:  0953
Date:  03/20/1982
Debut:  82
Peak:  40
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This third single from the band's "Abacab" album followed the first two into the Top 40 ("No Reply At All" #29, "Abacab" #26). It marked the first time they got three Top 40 singles from the same album. They would easily break that record in a few years with their "Invisible Touch" album, but for now the accomplishment made the "Abacab" album their most successful to date reaching #7 and going double-platinum.

ReduxReview:  Was it too dark? Too much like "In the Air Tonight?" This meditative song seemed destined to be a bigger hit. I totally loved it. Although more of a Phil Collins joint than a Genesis tune, it was one that captured my attention quickly. I thought it deserved a better fate and now it gets kind of lost among Genesis' more pop-leaning hits. It's not quite as brilliant as "In the Air," but it still draws me in.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Composed by Phil Collins, this would be his first major song where the subject of the homeless was broached. He would revisit the theme to greater success with his solo hit "Another Day in Paradise" in 1989. That song would hit #1 and win a Grammy for Record of the Year.


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