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Phil Collins Announces Retirement

After four decades in the music industry, starting with influential English prog-rock band Genesis and continuing with his own long solo career, Phil Collins is now done with music. "I don't really belong to that world," he told British lad's mag FHM in announcing his decision, "and I don't think anyone's going to miss me." Which is both the saddest and truest statement about Phil Collins.


Collins has nerve damage in his hands, which is what happens after playing drums in professional rock bands for 40 years. He also has a dislocated vertebra and hearing problems, making performing simple tasks difficult if not impossible. "I'm not worried about not being able to play the drums again," he said in the interview, "I'm more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids."


Collins, who is now 60, lives alone in Switzerland and joked about going "on a mysterious biking holiday and never return[ing]." At least, I hope it was a joke. Otherwise it's really depressing.

He's already announced retirement at least once before, in 2008, before releasing Going Back last year to little notice. Maybe all the existential isolation will make it real this time, though.

[Telegraph via DS]

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I give this Best New Retirement.

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Working in a coal mine. Playing Defensive Lineman in the NFL. Being Phil Collins. Seriously, there should be laws about the physical toll mediocre pop music puts on its talent. Michael McDonald lives in a Long Term Care Facility and Rick Astley can't even walk up a flight of stairs. When will fans of pop music boycott record labels that push their mediocre stars to the point of physical disability?

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Phil Collins was far from mediocre.

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Perhaps he has retired "Phil Collins" the solo artist and he will get back with Genesis....just kidding.


I give Collins full credit for pre "I can't dance" Genesis and for a handful of decent solo singles. However, he is and always has been a terrible vocalist. Doing arty music, he could get away with it. But for the last... I dunno, 3 DECADES, he's been trying to sing soul/R&B/jazz. Which doesn't really work if you SUCK AT SINGING. Just yesterday I turned on the TV to see him plodding through a rendition of "My Girl" that would have dismayed the patrons of a 3rd rate karaoke bar.

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I guess he never thought of wearing ear plugs


Of Phil Collins's back catalogue, I highly recommend "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" from 1974 in particular. Incredibly brilliant album from the old days of Genesis with Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel working together. Fans of acts such as Radiohead might find themselves in awe and puzzlement at its vast themes and wonder.

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Thanks Phil for many great years of music. wish you well.


Phil Collins was far from mediocre. I guess haters gotta hate, though.


Phil Collins was far from mediocre. Good luck Phil


I have very mixed feelings about Phil.

His 70's and early 80's era work with Genesis after Peter Gabriel left was nothing short of brilliant. I challenge anyone to listen to "Trick of the Tail" or "Wind and Wuthering" and not walk away in awe of what Genesis was capable of doing back at their peak. Phil was a team player during those days and his contributions were significant. If you want to know what some of the greatest examples of progressive rock is like.. then LISTEN to those albums.

Unfortunately once Genesis started getting some serious pop-music traction in the mid 80's they sold out. Phil was a huge part of this especially with his solo career. "In the Air" and "Paperlate" are the only exceptional songs he did during his solo phase.

His counterparts in Genesis.. Keyboardist Tony Banks and Bass Guitarist Mike Rutherford had far more meaningful solo music (that unfortunately wasn't as commercially embraced as Phil's pop stuff).

In short.. I truly believe that if Phil didn't sell out he could have kept his long term identity and reputation intact and be a much more satisfied man today then what is reported in this article.

Peter Gabriel never sold out and still holds huge respect internationally.

Phil if your reading this.. I still love you man but as you know life is always a set of mixed rankings.

Good luck to you and your family in Switzerland.

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I will miss you Phil!! I am your biggest fan and screw all the others especially the person who wrote this article. You should be honored- you are one of the most talented and amazing artists/musicians ever.


GregIngber: Collins is a phenomenal artist and composer. Best voice? Maybe not... but in a world of Mick Jaggers, Bob Dylans, Tom Waits, Joe Cockers, Dr. Hooks, etc. etc. etc. it's always been more about style than perfection. It's interesting that - regardless of how "terrible" you claim his voice to be - you concede that he had a "handful of decent solo singles" and you give him "pre-I cant' dance Genesis" kudos. Well, that was the same guy singing. Collin's extensive record sales and impressive resume' prove that - perfect or not - he doesn't suck at singing. You want perfect tone? Maybe Justin Bieber (and a dozen other current artists) who all use voice synthesizing (which can make anyone pitch-perfect) is more to your liking. Me, I'll take the gruff, rough impefections of true artists. It's what makes them unique. Too many cookie-cutters out there today. No one can be expected to like every song by a given artist, but to give him credit in one breath and then say he "sucks at singing" in the next? Pick one or the other - you can't have it both ways. Collins has been one of the more influential artists and contributors of our generation... and he will be missed. I do agree strongly with your one statement, however: "I dunno". You apparently don't.


It's about time he retired. His music put me to sleep...........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


I LOVE Phil Collins's music.
His music has always been part of my collection . Genesis was spectacular and I also enjoyed his solo work. I have just introduced some of his work to my children.... who recognized his voice as the guy from Tarzan. LOL.
All the best in retirement Phil. There are lots of people who will 'notice' that you have stopped playing .
Thank you


Phil Collins is one of the best and most talented musicians that ever lived. His music will live on forever. And my memories of his concerts both him and Genesis were the best ever. Best wishes and good health Phil!


Yes his initial work with Genesis was great but Phil has been retired from anything worthwhile for nearly 30 years.


Michael McDonald in long term care? Now way. He's out there touring right now.


Phil is a wonderful human being and a great artist. I wish him the best <3 We love you Phil! Forget the haters. Seriously.


I don't think there is a day that I go trough with my family where we don't hear a Phil Collins or Genesis song. My 3yr old in particular can't get enough of "No Son of Mine", "Mama" or "Jesus he Knows Me". I love all eras of Collins, except his R&B stuff. R&B is his favorite style of music, so more power to him. He was a great entertainer and will truly be missed in a world that succeeds him loaded with vocal auto tuners and no talent ass clowns that can't play instruments or sing, but only dance and wear sexy attire.


I'll miss him. Good luck w/ the kids Phil!


This is sad. Phil Collins was (and is) a vibrant talent in the world of music. You can't find any music of Phil Collins/Genesis that sounds dated. You just can't. His stuff was the best. He was mistaken though, he WILL be missed.


Thank goodness we have recordings of all his great work!


Its true to say that Genesis did depart from the technically complicated music of which they were brilliant.
But its 30 odd years on now and even the post Trick/Wind albums were good, I think Phil Collins deserves a little more respect from the Genesis fans writing here, the man is an incredible, musician, and as for vocals noone can sing Genesis like Phil Collins (Ray Wilson doesnt do a bad job eithe though, another Genesis vocalist seriously criticised, most unfairly I might say)

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