Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind of Love

First Hit #1: October 22, 1988

Phil Collins might not have been the most obvious pop star, but he did many of the obvious pop star things, including starring in a film. Buster might not be well remembered today – I didn’t know it existed – but it was the source of today’s big hit, A Groovy Kind of Love. The song suggests some kind of energy and pop to it, and earlier versions, like the Mindbenders, actually gave it a bit of that. Phil Collins’ version, not so much. His take instead took the approach of sapping all life and energy from the track, turning it into something closer to a dirge than anything that sounds remotely groovy. It’s just so dour and downbeat, and nobody seems to be having any fun, and the whole thing is just a drag. That’s not groovy at all.

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One Response to Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind of Love

  1. RBerman says:

    I can only assume that this song was used ironically in the film (which I have not seen), perhaps in a scene where the title character’s charade has been uncovered, and his girlfriend has dumped him, and he wanders through a park staring dejectedly at all the happy couples. The happy lyrics would then play against the visuals, as they play against the mournful arrangement here. Even The Mindbenders version is substantially slower than the original version by classical composer Muzio Clementi from which the melody was taken without attribution:

    Phil Collins was a child actor before he was a rock drummer and then writer and singer, so it’s not surprising he leveraged his mid-80s fame into acting roles on Miami Vice and in vanity projects like “Buster.” He doesn’t feel like a late 80s artist; his day at the top was essentially over by 1988, but while it had lasted, it was long enough and strong enough to ensure him enough popularity to ride out the rest of his life.

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