The Dim-Post

July 28, 2008

Do you like Phil Collins?

Filed under: books,movies — danylmc @ 7:17 pm
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He has the number one song in the country (I am a bit confused as to how this happened) and actor Christian Bale is starring in the nation’s number one film, The Dark Knight. These things are not related on any superficial level, but this classic scene from American Psycho ties them together nicely. Director Mary Harron and script-writer Guinevere Turner turned Ellis’s horrible, horribly over-rated book into a comic meditation on male vanity and 80’s pop-music – two subjects that are not entirely unconnected.

The youtube clip (featuring Bale, two prostitutes and two of Phil’s greatest hits) is definitely not safe for work.


  1. I think it has something to do with a certain ad on TV featuring a 30 second sample that’s made everyone forget how sick of the song they got back in the 80’s.

    Comment by gazzaj — July 28, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  2. The best ad I’ve seen for a couple of years.

    Phil Collins wrote some fantastic songs and some absolutely terrible songs. This bothered me when I was younger (and hairier), now I’ve come up with the “brilliant” compromise of just listening to the fantastic songs.

    Comment by JY — July 28, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

  3. Does Genesis count? I like ‘Mama’ and ‘Home By The Sea’.

    Of course, Genesis also gave us Peter Gabriel, and Gabriel is one of my favourite musicians.

    Comment by ZenTiger — July 29, 2008 @ 9:57 am

  4. Can we have some reality here? Phil COllins wrote some appalling songs and CO-WROTE some less appalling ones. That is all that needs to be said. Nothing he wrote alone was worth wasting 3 seconds on, never mind 3 minutes.

    Comment by Don — July 29, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  5. Sorry, I liked the book. But, I have to say, I only read the book as the movie seem to be a bit confused in its ending. The book is great in its describing of 80’s culture (especially love the 3 ood pages description of the new stereo system, hmmm, dolby noise reduction!!!!!), but then the book becomes even more confused in its ending. Still, its unusual and a recommended read. Just don’t read on the tube before work, the endless pages outlining torture don’t put you in the best of moods. Rather unsettling.

    Comment by SweetD — July 29, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

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