In the 1980s, Phil Collins rose to prominence as the frontman of prog-rock icons Genesis and as a solo artist. In 1985, Collins released the single ‘Take Me Home’, which featured backing vocals from none other than Genesis’ former frontman Peter Gabriel. But was there any bad blood between the two? In this installment of Professor of Rock, we investigate the story behind Collins’ decision to hire Gabriel to sing on his solo hit.
Collins had been the drummer in Genesis since 1971, but when Gabriel left the band in 1976, he was replaced by Collins as the frontman. Collins was initially hesitant to take the role, as he was unsure if he would be able to replicate Gabriel’s distinct vocal style. However, he eventually accepted the role and went on to release a string of hits with the band.
When Collins decided to launch his solo career in 1981, he was determined to make it a success. He had already achieved a great deal of success with Genesis, but he wanted to prove that he could also make it as a solo artist. As a result, he was keen to prove that he was capable of writing and producing hits on his own.
When it came to his 1985 solo album, Collins decided to take a chance and reach out to Gabriel to sing on the single ‘Take Me Home’. While it seemed like a bold move, Collins believed that it would help to prove that he was capable of producing a hit without the help of Genesis.
The gamble paid off, and ‘Take Me Home’ quickly became a hit. The single’s success was likely due in part to the combination of Collins’ and Gabriel’s unique vocal styles. The track featured Gabriel’s distinctive high-pitched vocal style and Collins’ gruff, soulful delivery.
Ultimately, Collins’ decision to hire his former Genesis frontman appears to have paid off. Although it may have seemed like a risky move at the time, it resulted in a hit that showcased both vocalists’ talents. As such, it can be seen as a testament to the close relationship between Collins and Gabriel, despite their time in Genesis coming to an end.
Though it is impossible to determine whether Collins and Gabriel had any bad blood between them, it is clear that the two were able to collaborate on a successful single. As such, it appears that Collins’ decision to hire Gabriel to sing on ‘Take Me Home’ was an inspired move, and one that paid off in the end.