How to See a Point Where the Path of Your Life Changed

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Phil Collins? Sting?

Either choice is a good one, but to truly win the game of life there is only one man to model yourself after: Robert Palmer.

July 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNot Really Me

Because then you would be a stalker, not a dumpee.

I felt let down by panel three. It was like you climbed into the dunking booth and gave Missy a pitching machine and a dumptruck of baseballs.

July 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Rick is like the Phil Collins of comic strips!

July 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Do you like Phil Collins? 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. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. 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. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your a**hole. 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. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. 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. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.
-- Patrick Bateman (American Psycho (2000))

Just sayin'

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbonnach

Maybe he realised "I'm Sorry, We're Not Working Out" was a boring song, or was to nice to write "Get Your Ass Out of Here".

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRatrace

Phil's pretty much retired from pop music ( and getting divorced) . He focuses on main hobby, history concerning The Alamo,so much, he's now considered not quite but nearly an expert. Anyway, he's got a book out on Amazon. You should get a copy, you might enjoy his style.

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kunreuther

Is that Sting the musician or Sting the professional wrestler?

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternboblitz

yes, remember the Alamo!

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames Y,

Now I want to see "How to be not quite but nearly an expert".

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichelieu

See also:,_You_Must_Be_Going

As you poured the petrol on my drums
I knew that things were getting worse
As you struck the match and threw it on
I thought "that'll make another verse"

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Not Really Me: [T]o truly win the game of life there is only one man to model yourself after: Robert Palmer.

But if you did that, you'd be dead.

My recommendation would be "Weird Al" Yankovic. :)

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

Sting? How about David Bowie?

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKG

Myself, I liked Genesis when Peter Gabriel was lead singer, and PG for several albums after he left. As for the Phil Collins Genesis, all his songs have the same brass section riff over and over again, and his lyrics give a clue to why women dump him; He's looking for "the perfect body, with the perfect face..." and he wants to give it money.
...Prostitutes will happily take your money, but they won't stick around.

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Phil Collins gained some notoriety in his heyday for dumping his wife via fax while he was out on the road. So what I'm saying is that song lyrics don't always reflect reality.

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Jane

BI has started to become a Phil Collins song-bomb for me... because every time Allison says "CALL ME AL!" I start singing the Phil Collin's song "You Can Call Me Al."

Now BI is actually ABOUT Phil Collins? I'm screwed.. I may as well put him on repeat in the player and call it a day....

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

@SeanF Robert Palmer = dead, wait what?
<quickly employs google-fu>
Aw, man, I didn't know that. :(

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetz

My vote's on Lemmy (from Motörhead).

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Jen, that's Paul Simon, not Phil Collins...

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbill

What bill said

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

I was going to say "Sting? Jon Bon Jovi is the one to model your life after." Then I realized how many songs Bon Jovi has about being dumped or standing up to adversity. Then it hit me that perhaps (like Scott) that's why my life has turned out the way it has. Maybe I'm like Scott, and that's why I find his stuff so hilarious.
Wow. I think my mind just melted.

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRemy

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