Phil Collins was perhaps the biggest pop musician in the world thanks to the release of his third solo album, "No Jacket Required", which sent the squat, balding-yet-mulleted, hairy-chested former Genesis drummer skyrocketing to the top of the charts. He stayed there for some time, too, becoming of the decade's most defining voices.
The album sold over 25 million copies worldwide. For comparison sake, Taylor Swift's "1989," one of the biggest albums in recent memory, has sold just over five million copies.
The album went 12X platinum in U.S., 6X platinum in United Kingdom, 2X platinum in France, and 10X platinum in Canada sales-wise.
"One More Night" was the first single released in the U.S. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary charts
Sting, who had just left The Police at the height of their success post-"Synchronicity" album, sang backing vocals on "Long Long Way to Go" and "Take Me Home."
"Take Me Home" featured backing vocals from Peter Gabriel, Collins' former bandmate in Genesis.
Helen Terry, who was well known for her work in Culture Club, also sang on "Take Me Home." Her song "Love Lies Lost" was a minor hit in 1984.
Patrick Bateman, the main character in the film "American Psycho," really liked "Sussudio." (Warning: Video is NSFW)
"Take Me Home" was the closing theme song for the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) television show "Saturday Night's Main Event" for several years in the late 1980s. (Skip to 4:45 in the video)
Hip-hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony based their song "Home" on Collins' "Take Me Home." He even appeared in their video for the song.
The video for "Sussudio" featured Collins and his band in a simple live performance.
Collins couldn't decide on the perfect video treatment for the "Don't Lose My Number" video so he turned that whole decision-making process into the concept for the video. One of the ideas: a Mad Max sequence.
The No Jacket Required Tour ended with Collins rather dramatically performing at BOTH Live Aid benefit concert events at London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium on the same day. He managed this feat by performing in London first, then hopping on a Concorde flight to America.
At that same Philadelphia show he played drums in a pseudo-reunited Led Zeppelin featuring Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Chic's Tony Thompson. Historically, the set has not been well-received.
Collins also played drums for Eric Clapton at Live Aid and fared better.
Collins own set in London featured Sting and Branford Marsalis as guest performers.
Collins was nominated in five categories at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards for the album. He won for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, and Producer of the Year with Hugh Padgham.
"Take Me Home" and "Long Long Way to Go" were featured in separate episodes of the Miami Vice television show. He also reworked the b-side "The Man With The Horn" into "Life Is A Rat Race" specifically for Miami Vice.
Collins also appeared in an episode of Miami Vice (along with Emo Philips!).
"Take Me Home," which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., was inspired by the Ken Kesey novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
Collins once performed "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore," a song about divorce, at Prince Charles' 40th birthday party. He would separate from Princess Diana not long later.
Nina Gordon, best known as the singer for '90s alt band Veruca Salt, has covered "One More Night."
The "Sussudio" and "One More Night" videos were shot at a London pub owned by Virgin Group billionaire, Sir Richard Branson.
The album title "No Jacket Required" is a reference to an incident involving Collins and Robert Plant at the Pump Room restaurant in Chicago. Collins, who wasn't wearing a jacket, wasn't allowed in the restaurant because he didn't meet the dress code. He got his revenge by taking bad about the restaurant in a number of high-profile interview appearances.
"Sussudio" is a totally made-up word, though Collins daughter's horse was later took the name. "I started to sing into the microphone and this word came out, which was su-su-sudio. It literally just came out," he revealed during VHI Storytellers.
Collins also produced Eric Clapton's "Behind The Sun" album in the same period he made "No Jacket Required."
Daryl Stuermer, a guitarist and bass player who'd play live with Genesis, helped Collins write a number of the songs because the drummer simply couldn't put together the guitar parts.
Ol' Dirty Bastard (RIP) once covered "Sussudio" as part of a hip-hop and R&B Phil Collins covers compilation called "Urban Renewal."
"South Park" has made fun of "Sussudio," with a not-popular version of Collins badly singing a song called "Bububudio" on the show.
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