The Saddest Phil Collins Song

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Your favorite tear-jerker, Genesis or solo.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) (Single, 1984) 19
Man On The Corner (Abacab, 1981) 4
I Wish It Would Rain Down (...But Seriously, 1989) 3
If Leaving Me Is Easy (Face Value, 1981) 3
Throwing It All Away (Invisible Touch, 1986) 2
The Roof is Leaking (Face Value, 1981) 2
Please Don't Ask (Duke, 1980) 2
No Son Of Mine (We Can't Dance, 1991) 2
In Too Deep (Invisible Touch, 1986) 1
One More Night (No Jacket Required, 1984) 1
Taking It All Too Hard (S/T, 1983) 1
Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning (Hello, I Must Be Going!, 1982) 1
Misunderstaning (Duke, 1980) 1
For Absent Friends (Nursery Cryme, 1971) 1
Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away (Hello, I Must Be Going!, 1982) 0
You Know What I Mean (Face Value, 1981) 0


enochroot, Saturday, 30 June 2018 22:11 (two months ago) Permalink

i wish it would rain down

Jang Mo Jib (Ross), Saturday, 30 June 2018 22:12 (two months ago) Permalink

i find take me home to be pretty sad

Jang Mo Jib (Ross), Saturday, 30 June 2018 23:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I think Home by the Sea is weirdly sad.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 1 July 2018 01:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Has anyone on here ever actually seen this movie? The clips in the video fascinated me as a child, it looked so dramatic! But I suspect it's not that good.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 1 July 2018 03:36 (two months ago) Permalink

another day in paradise tho

J. Sam, Sunday, 1 July 2018 04:31 (two months ago) Permalink

"Misunderstanding," easy.

My first reaction was "Like It Or Not is sadder than any of these" but I looked it up and that's a Rutherford song!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 1 July 2018 05:03 (two months ago) Permalink

'Throwing It All Away'

Gorgeous track from one of their best ever albums.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 1 July 2018 07:42 (two months ago) Permalink

groovy kind of love

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Sunday, 1 July 2018 09:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Evidence Of Autumn.

An Uphill Battle For Legumes (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 1 July 2018 09:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Throwing It All Away - Rutherford
Home By The Sea - Banks
In Too Deep - Banks
Taking It All Too Hard - Rutherford

PaulTMA, Sunday, 1 July 2018 11:56 (two months ago) Permalink

SI-DOWN-NA

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 1 July 2018 12:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Has anyone on here ever actually seen this movie? The clips in the video fascinated me as a child, it looked so dramatic! But I suspect it's not that good.

It is dramatic yet not good.

It’s funny to remember that Jeff Bridges was a Major Sex Symbol.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 1 July 2018 12:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Write in vote for
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S5CiQPyNY8

Jeff W, Sunday, 1 July 2018 13:14 (two months ago) Permalink

You don't need to see the movie, just watch the video, it's awesome.

It's Jeff Bridges and James Woods in a Phil Collins video.

earlnash, Sunday, 1 July 2018 14:16 (two months ago) Permalink

I adore 'Against All Odds' so going with that. There's a subtle little drum fill on the chorus that just kills me.

campreverb, Sunday, 1 July 2018 15:37 (two months ago) Permalink

I like a lot of these songs more than "Against All Odds," but voting that one because I always thought the "you're the only one who ever / really knew me at all" line is genuinely sad in a way pop music songs about breakups rarely are. Like, if someone said that to you irl, you'd have to be one cold ass motherfucker for it to not break your heart

of course, I could also see a calculating, manipulative sociopath using that line to great success, so now back to our regularly scheduled nihilism

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 1 July 2018 15:54 (two months ago) Permalink

someone needs to post a link to the misbegotten interpretive dance Oscars performance.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 1 July 2018 16:04 (two months ago) Permalink

I've never seen Against All Odds, how closely does it stick to Out of the Past?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 1 July 2018 16:10 (two months ago) Permalink

"I can't dance / I can't talk / The only thing about me is the way I walk" :'(

dorsalstop, Sunday, 1 July 2018 16:11 (two months ago) Permalink

'Throwing It All Away'

Gorgeous track from one of their best ever albums.

An epic meditation on intangibility.

dorsalstop, Sunday, 1 July 2018 16:14 (two months ago) Permalink

"Roof is Leaking" for me. Also the Stella Polaris interpretation is perfect:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiQ3QgAKXME

doug watson, Sunday, 1 July 2018 19:30 (two months ago) Permalink

"taking it all too hard" or "man on the corner"

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Sunday, 1 July 2018 19:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Please give me one more night, give me just one more night
Oh one more night, 'cause I can't wait forever
Please give me one more night, ooh just one more night
Oh one more night, 'cause I can't wait forever
Give me one more night, give me just one more night
Ooh one more night, 'cause I can't wait forever

... (Eazy), Sunday, 1 July 2018 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

You know the song by Phil Collins, "In the Air of the Night"
About that guy who could a saved that other guy from drowning
But didn't, then Phil saw it all, then at a a show he found him?

Mordy, Sunday, 1 July 2018 20:23 (two months ago) Permalink

the answer to this is Please Don't Ask

akm, Sunday, 1 July 2018 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

against all odds is absolutely devestating

Garden variety uncouth (Ross), Sunday, 1 July 2018 21:47 (two months ago) Permalink

i totally relate to the only one that really knew me line....ah, love

Garden variety uncouth (Ross), Sunday, 1 July 2018 21:48 (two months ago) Permalink

When it comes to Collins' solo career, I guarantee that his saddest song is only a fraction as sad as the person listening to it.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 1 July 2018 22:04 (two months ago) Permalink

ooh good one

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 1 July 2018 22:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Never listen to Collins tbh. Just for the poll

Garden variety uncouth (Ross), Monday, 2 July 2018 01:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 6 July 2018 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

went for "man on the corner." it's pretty sad

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:12 (two months ago) Permalink

"taking it all too hard" or "man on the corner"

― flamenco blorf (BradNelson)

my pal

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I used to hear "Taking It All Too Hard" on AOR radio through the mid nineties and assumed it was a massive pop hit.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 July 2018 00:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Isn't there a song about someone doing a hit-and-run on We Can't Dance?

bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 6 July 2018 08:03 (two months ago) Permalink

(Ok nm)

bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 6 July 2018 08:08 (two months ago) Permalink

groovy kind of love

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Friday, 6 July 2018 08:12 (two months ago) Permalink

another day in paradise tho

oh - think twice!

would be my vote

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 6 July 2018 13:28 (two months ago) Permalink

the answer to this is Please Don't Ask

― akm

...you are correct, sir.

bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 6 July 2018 18:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I like a lot of these songs more than "Against All Odds," but voting that one because I always thought the "you're the only one who ever / really knew me at all" line is genuinely sad in a way pop music songs about breakups rarely are. Like, if someone said that to you irl, you'd have to be one cold ass motherfucker for it to not break your heart

Agreed -- Phil was clearly going thru some serious shit around that time. Tough times for Phil.

Also a pretty good argument that "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" is his best vocal performance.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 6 July 2018 18:25 (two months ago) Permalink

I believe that is true.

akm, Friday, 6 July 2018 19:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm literally getting misty-eyed thinking about this stupid song, I really love it.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 6 July 2018 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Watched the video again, film looks like a sappy Romancing The Stone knock-off. Should I shell out 3 bucks to stream it?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 6 July 2018 19:35 (two months ago) Permalink

I think it's more like Glenn Frey 80s L.A. noir a la Tequila Sunrise or a less pulpy Indecent Proposal.

... (Eazy), Friday, 6 July 2018 20:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Ebert review:

The movie has a lot of muted social criticism in it, involving professional sports and ecology. The Jane Greer character has a plan to destroy several beautiful canyons to build houses. The Bridges character is a victim of unfair labor practices. And so on. Sometimes we get the idea we're watching a clone of "Chinatown" -- but not with that jealous triangle. Woods is the villain, so he does smoke, of course. But Bridges and Ward are so consumed with passion, they don't even need to.

... (Eazy), Friday, 6 July 2018 20:28 (two months ago) Permalink

film looks like a sappy Romancing The Stone knock-off

i was also hugely peeved when this film didn't turn out to be the gritty reinvention of vérité we'd been promised in the trailers

Neymar, Mr Nice Guy (Noodle Vague), Friday, 6 July 2018 20:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 7 July 2018 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

It really is

i know kore-eda (or something), Saturday, 7 July 2018 00:09 (two months ago) Permalink

can a song with a parenthetical subtitle be truly sad tho

mookieproof, Saturday, 7 July 2018 00:35 (two months ago) Permalink

can't believe groovy kind of love didn't win

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Saturday, 7 July 2018 09:34 (two months ago) Permalink


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