First Hit #1: March 30, 1985
There’s something a bit desperate and confused about the romance of 1985. It’s like the world collectively forgot how to connect with other people and actually handle a relationship, and then wrote or purchased songs about it. Foreigner didn’t know what love was anymore, George Michael couldn’t dance again, REO Speedwagon couldn’t quite figure out how to tell someone what they felt about them and now neither can Phil Collins.
One More Night is a lot more spare than yesterday’s hit, though it does have a lovely ’80s sax solo, but it just takes a different approach to the same problem – Phil Collins, too, can’t fight this feeling anymore. It’s the song of someone who knows what he has to do, but doesn’t know how to do it. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to do it, it’s not completely clear. It’s a song about psyching yourself up to make a call, rather than the emotions that make you want to do the call in the first place. It’s a logical move from the earlier hits, since once you’ve broken up with someone, found someone else, and decided to tell them what you feel, now there’s that period of rejection. It’s like the number one singles are accidentally telling a story.
As a chronic procrastinator, I can identify with this single.