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Phil Collins and four reasons he deserved the Johnny Mercer Legend Award.

Phil Collins and four reasons he deserved the Johnny Mercer Legend Award. (photo)

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Phil Collins. The name conjures anger, even fear from many of our peers. I never understood serious Genesis fans and I never saw “Buster.” But I do think Collins is a legend. Even if my torch for him is a form of amusement, I sincerely think he has had a rather significant impact on pop music, and even popular culture. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame a few years ago, and just last week given the Johnny Mercer Legend Award, a kind of award for the awarded (eligible only to prior inductees).

Among others acknowledged this year were Leonard Cohen, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, who were inducted. Paul Simon was presented with the Towering Song Award for “Bridge Over Troubled Water;” and Bob Marley got a posthumous nod.

Setting aside all the hits and popular music angles and just looking at Collins in film (and other media), I have four reasons here in support of his legendary status.

4. Genesis’ Land of Confusion video.

Easily one of the most memorable music videos from the golden years of music videos. It was a genius snapshot of the celebrities, players and politics of the time and loaded with so much that was hot in American culture. Now it’s a perfectly weird time capsule of the mid 80’s.

3. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) in “Against All Odds.”

Anytime you’re associated with Jeff Bridges, you’ve won. Collins was nominated for an Oscar for this one, but didn’t take home the golden crusader. He only won later for “You’ll Be In My Heart” from “Tarzan.” That’s sad.

2. In the Air Tonight in Miami Vice episode, “A Bullet for Crockett.”

This was hands down, the coolest musical sequence ever to air on Television at the time, and still ranks. All have followed in the footsteps of what Michael Mann did in Miami Vice. He is a genius.

1. Bateman’s Phil Collins lecture and medley in “American Psycho.”

(listen to the full monologue.)

Christian Bale tripping his balls off in detail about how brilliant Phil Collins is while dictating sex acts to Christie and Sabrina like he’s memorized every heavy handed Rolling Stone review in alphabetical order is the finest tribute to Collins that there will ever be. And proof he’s a legend.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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