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RAC covers Phil Collins

March 11, 2012 1 Comment

To celebrate RAC reaching 15,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook, Remix Artist Collective founder Andre Allen Anjos has once again teamed up with his wife Liz on vocals to record a cover.

Previously Team Anjos treated us to their take on Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979,” but this time pop-rock legend Phil Collins is in the spotlight, as Andre and Liz cover “I Don’t Wanna Know” from 1985’s No Jacket Required. While that song was never released as a single, Collins’ third solo album spun off four top 10s, including “One More Night” and “Sussudio” — both #1 hits — plus “Don’t Lose My Number,” and “Take Me Home.” No Jacket Required also won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Collins’ had a spectacular run in the ’80s and early ’90s, racking up a total of seven #1 singles and an equal number of top 10 hits, while also selling millions of albums and touring around the world. Today, however, some consider the singer/drummer, whose studio follow-up to No Jacket Required was titled …But Seriously, something of a joke. Andre Anjos isn’t one of the naysayers:

Something I’ve held on to for years was the notion that songs come first. A good song is a good song no matter what arrangement it comes in. We try to convey that in every remix and every cover. A lot of people are too good for the cheesy 80’s pop arrangements of Phil Collins but underneath it all, it’s pretty great songwriting.

Agreed, even parts of “I Don’t Wanna Know” are twin to Laura Branigan’s “Gloria.” Maybe that was just the ’80s:

Somewhat lost to history is 12″ers, Phil Collins’ 1988 mini-album comprised of extended mixes of six tracks from No Jacket Required. While “Sussudio” was a #4 dance hit, the release of 12″ers was certainly an unusual move for an artist like Collins, following similar releases by Pet Shop Boys (1986’s Disco) and Madonna (1987’s You Can Dance), whose music was already undeniably dance-friendly.

I’m sure that Andre Anjos would recognize 12″ers link to the kind of genre-neutral remix work RAC does. The 12-inch mix of “Take Me Home” remains pure bliss, by the way.

Free download of RAC – “I Don’t Wanna Know” (Phil Collins cover) via the SoundCloud player above.