In 1998, after over 40 years in the music studio, orchestral arranger and music producer Sir George Martin
(the 5th Beatle, or maybe the 6th
, or possibly the 7th
, depending on how you count or where your priorities lie) decided he was going to retire with a selfish project: recording an album (mostly) entirely of Beatles songs. This ~50 minute BBC documentary
recorded many moments from the creation of this swan song, In My Life
. The film features interviews with and studio footage of Phil Collins, Robin Williams, Bobby McFerrin, JohnWilliams (classical guitarist, not Star Wars composer), Goldie Hawn, Jim Carrey, and Céline Dion. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Jul 25, 2014 -
It's an advert for chocolate
. It's a man in a gorilla suit
drumming to a track
by Philip Collins Ltd
. It's been very popular
. It's won awards
. It's been spoofed
. And it's been mashed-up... some bad (Metalica (sic)
, Guns and Roses
), some good (Bonnie Tyler
, A Skillz
, Bon Jovi
, Deep Purple
) and some utterly sublime ('Enders
). But great adverts
don't always equal great sales
. Bonus: Monkey Drummer
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Dec 23, 2007 -
When Bad Singers Happen To Good Songs: The Songicides!
In today's Spectator
Markus Berkmann amusingly raises the deadly spectre of the worst covers
ever recorded. We're talking assassins here. I nominate Phil Collins's massacre of Holland/Dozier/Holland's "You Can't Hurry Love", as originally sung by Diana Ross and the Supremes; U2's goring of Cole Porter's "Night and Day", best sung by Sinatra or Ella and, worst of all, though he's my favourite artist, Leonard Cohen's mangling of Irving Berlin's classic "Always". What's the worst cover version
you'd like to report to Musical Homicide?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 4, 2003 -
Blame Phil Collins?
We knew Blame Canada wouldn't win, and to be fair, Phil probably deserved it - my real question is "what did you think of the 'Blame Canada' production number?" It was the only reason I watched tonight (not being a big awards show guy), and I'm just curious to hear what other people thought of it. Did Robin Williams wreck it? What about the mounties chorus-line? Did anyone else think he was going to do the entire song with the tape over his mouth?
My only other Oscar observation: Angelina Jolie seemed thrilled and suprised to get Best Supporting Actress. Do you think that she would have gone with the Elvira look if she expected to win?
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Mar 26, 2000 -