Tabletop Genesis Episode 13 – “Face Value”

phil collins face valueThe Tabletop members have their air drums ready as they tackle Phil Collins’ debut solo album, “Face Value,” and one of the most iconic drum fills in history. Plus, there’s not a dry eye around the table as the group delves into the melancholy world that is the Phil Collins love song.

8 thoughts on “Tabletop Genesis Episode 13 – “Face Value”

  • May 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm
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    Really enjoying this episode, but I was surprised there was no mention of I Missed Again being the lead single. This song, and not In The Air Tonight, was our introduction to Phil as a solo artist. I loved it at the time — and still do — and it signaled that we were in for something quite different from Genesis.

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    • May 19, 2016 at 10:31 pm
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      I forgot about that, you are right.
      In The Air Tonight became popular because of the movie Risky Business, right?

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      • May 20, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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        I’d forgotten it was in Risky Business. In my memory, its popularity really took off after it was in Miami Vice.

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    • May 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm
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      Oh Wow, thanks for this find! I rarely like covers, but his “follow you follow me” is WAY better than the original, for me, and I’m talking about the parts he is actually doing the song.. the surrounding mash makes it even better.

      His vocals are just in the middle between Gabriel and Collins. Undertow is so interesting this way!

      His en-steve hackett’ed “invisible touch” is just brilliant. He acts Steve’s mannerisms accurately and tastefully.

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  • May 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm
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    Thanx for recognizing the old fans like me that have different memories of this cd. I heard this when it first came out and loved it and all the variety on it. Especially, Roof is Leaking. The second cd has special meaning because it came out when I met, dated and fell in love with my wife:) Listen to Revolver, it is awesome and is overlooked because of Sgt. Pepper’s.

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  • May 21, 2016 at 3:22 am
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    Nice talk about Face Value! I actually had the import version of “In The Air Tonight” before Face Value was released. It featured comic-book style artwork by Phil’s brother, Mike that gave a sort of light-hearted synopsis of the history of Phil in Genesis up to that point. I still have it in a little box back home in Ohio…

    Also, don’t forget that Anni-Frid Lyngstad, a.k.a. Frida from Abba, recorded her own version of “You Know What I Mean” for the 1982 album Something’s Going On. As Phil put it in a TV interview, “Frida and I had something in common as far as our divorces were concerned. We were both the injured party.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Something%27s_Going_On

    I also remember a radio interview with Phil sometime after the album was released where tracks were played and Phil elaborated on their creation. “Tomorrow Never Knows” had been an album track, or “deep cut” from the Beatles’ Revolver album (and interestingly to me, as on Face Value, it’s also the final track on Revolver). Phil opined that it had been a great track that had somehow gotten overlooked, so that’s why he did it. In the radio interview, the track of course ends with the first two lines of “Over the Rainbow”… or so I thought… then, surprisingly to me, it continued with the rest of that song with Phil being accompanied by an acoustic guitar, presumably played by Daryl Steurmer. This made my ears perk up as obviously it wasn’t included on the album proper. I’ve since only heard it a couple of other times. Then today, I did a YouTube search, and voila! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ-kWLbYf2g

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