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.