How ubiquitous was Collins in the Eighties? His profile was akin to that of, say, Mark Ronson today. As a producer he quickly became the go-to guy for singers after their own separations. He worked on albums by John Martyn and Frida from Abba while maintaining the solo career and being in Genesis.
I have no idea who Mark Ronson is. None whatsoever. He’s as ubiquitous as Phil Collins was in the eighties, and I’ve got nothing. I asked Wikipedia:
Mark Daniel Ronson (born 4 September 1975) is a English-American, BRIT Award and three-time Grammy award-winning music producer, cover-artist and co-founder of Allido Records. His debut album Here Comes the Fuzz, focused on American hip hop, included collaborations with Sean Paul, Nate Dogg and Ghostface Killah, yet it failed to make an impact on the charts.
I’m encouraged by two factors: he’s British, and music has become incredibly balkanized since the eighties. Still, I don’t like being reminded of my vast cultural ignorance.
Despite being neither gay nor Jewish, Monsieur Collins features in this terrific episode of This American Life.