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.....that my wife and I are expecting our first child. We are over the moon!

So does James Hetfield. 

Gary Numan is 13 days older than Gary Oldman

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Do you like Phil Collins Keith?

 

I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent.

 

I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.

Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument.

In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, the album hits a new peak of professionalism.

 

Take the lyrics to "Land of Confusion". In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. "In Too Deep" is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock.

 

Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like "In the Air Tonight" and "Against All Odds" but I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist.

 

"Sussudio", a great, great song, and a personal favorite.

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I have an irrational hatred of Phil Colling to the point that I have to change channel when I see his smug, bloaty little face on telly and change radio station when I hear his despicable warbling. Not quite sure why though. It's beyond me just thinking he's crap, he actively repulses me, but again, not sure why.

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I have an irrational hatred of Phil Colling to the point that I have to change channel when I see his smug, bloaty little face on telly and change radio station when I hear his despicable warbling. Not quite sure why though. It's beyond me just thinking he's crap, he actively repulses me, but again, not sure why.

That's sad too hear plex.

 

Do you like Huey Lewis and The News?

Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

 

In '87, Huey released Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics, but they should because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

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I have an irrational hatred of Phil Colling to the point that I have to change channel when I see his smug, bloaty little face on telly and change radio station when I hear his despicable warbling. Not quite sure why though. It's beyond me just thinking he's crap, he actively repulses me, but again, not sure why.

That's sad too hear plex.

Do you like Huey Lewis and The News?

Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

In '87, Huey released Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics, but they should because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

Not to the extent that I have listened to all there albums, but as an easy listening rock band, I really enjoy them.

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