Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise
We were almost at the end of November 1989 when the great Phil Collins released his new album “…But Seriously”. Now, if I have to say which artists got through the 80s from end to end without ever changing their style, I would definitely mention Phil Collins. His popularity never knew any moment of decrease, which happened for example to many pop bands.
Ok, also Madonna and Prince never had down times in popularity, but Phil Collins comes from far behind, from the days of “In the air tonight” in 1981, coming through “Mama”, “Sussudio”, “Easy lover”, and albums like “No jacket required”. Phil Collins literally went across the whole 80s from the first to the last day. I think only Michael Jackson in the US did the same.
For this hit, Phil chose exactly the right time: once he had released the album, this hit went in few weeks to the top of the Billboard chart in the US, and it remained there for some weeks, about one month. But this means that this hit was the last number one of the 80s, and the first of the 90s!
The song touches a sensible topic, homeless people. Phil was really touched after a visit in Washington, seeing lots of homeless people with Capitol Hill in the distance. He later realized that this situation was growing in dimensions even in Europe. He was also criticized by people who said that he was actually wealthy, so he had no right to talk and sing about homeless people, but Phil answered that this did not prevent him from opening his eyes and see the conditions of people who had minor luck in their daily life.
Phil Collins is really a unique figure for the 80s, not only for his way of singing and playing drums, but also for the depth of his feelings and his songs. A fantastic artist who really helped shape the whole 80s.
Phil Collins on Wikipedia