3) Phil Collins.
Yes, this is THE Phil Collins – pop star, Swiss tax exile and model railway enthusiast, and you are forgiven for thinking this seems a bit mainstream for me. And, indeed, in his era of superstardom, his drumming – and his music generally – has become rather bland and homogenised to my humble ear. But allow me to guide you back once again to my formative years when Mr C was drummer in the classic Peter Gabriel-fronted Genesis and have a listen to albums such as ‘Foxtrot’ and ‘Selling England by the Pound’ where his drumming was intricate and fluid, making a major contribution to the undulations of the songs without stepping too far into the foreground. What came later was a regression to many of us early Genesis devotees, but a definite progression to the girth of Phil’s wallet … such is life.
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