Thursday, July 30, 2015

"I Don't Care Anymore" by Phil Collins

Song#:  1343
Date:  02/12/1983
Debut:  86
Peak:  39
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Collins scored his first US Top 10 hit with "You Can't Hurry Love" (#10) taken from his second solo LP "Hello, I Must Be Going." To follow it up, he issued this next single that was reminiscent of his brooding 1981 entry "In the Air Tonight" (#19). Although the song would only dent the pop Top 40, it would go on to reach #3 at Mainstream Rock. It would also earn Collins his very first Grammy recognition. He would receive a nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal.

ReduxReview:  I totally fell for this song when it came out. It bubbled with a tense anger that finally boiled over and exploded. I thought for sure it would be a big hit, but then it fizzled as soon as it reached the Top 40. Perhaps it was a bit too dark for pop radio or maybe it sounded a little too much like "In the Air Tonight," part 2. At least rock radio supported it. It remains one of my faves in his solo catalog.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Before his music career took off with Genesis, Collins appeared in a few films. In two early films, 1964's "A Hard Day's Night" and 1968's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Collins appeared as an uncredited extra. In 1967, he was cast in a lead roll for the children's film "Calamity the Cow." However, issues between Collins and the film's director led to Collins being written out of a good chunk of the film. Collins wouldn't do any acting again until he had a guest starring role on the TV show "Miami Vice" in 1985.


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