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Top Five Reasons To Miss Phil Collins

Top Five Reasons To Miss Phil Collins (photo)

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Phil Collins is hanging up his drumsticks for good. The 60-year old former Genesis drummer and Patrick Bateman favorite has had hearing troubles as well as nerve damage, according to THR. Collins was blunt in an interview, “I don’t think anyone’s going to miss me,” he said, adding, “I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think, ‘I can’t be in the same business as this.'”

The 80’s hit maker’s blatant disdain for the music industry got me thinking about his own work over the decades, much of which makes us all cringe. But Collins, who stands among the most successful recording artists of all time, has such an enormous body of work and influence that it’s easy to pick out a few things to love him for (even if we’re laughing at some of it too).

5. “You Can’t Hurry Love”
An early number one hit in Collins’ solo career, this song was of course originally recorded by The Supremes in 1966. Collins brought it back to the radio in a big way in 1982, and the white boy could sing.

4. “Against All Odds”
Gangster James Woods hires an ex-football player, played by Jeff Bridges, to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love and Phil Collins is there singing this title song.

3. “Land of Confusion”
If you ever want to remember what it was like — what was going on, who the players were, what it sounded like, tap straight into the zeitgeist of 1986… all you have to do is watch this Genesis video.

2. “In the Air Tonight”
Everyone seems to have a friend who lives for this song, and that moment the drums kick in all heavy, three minutes and 16 seconds in (around 2:40 in the video below though) — a moment immortalized on TV by Michael Mann, when Crockett peels out from a payphone in his black Ferrari Daytona Spider, Tubbs riding shotgun.

1. “American Psycho.”
“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.”

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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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