Can Phil spark bros-on-bros re­vival?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Katy Har­ring­ton

The an­nounce­ment that drum-bel­ter Phil Collins is com­ing out of retirement has been wel­comed by fans who, in a pre-Adele age, have been lis­ten­ing to break-up an­them Against All

Odds on re­peat for 10 years while cry­ing “Why won’t you love me?” at their exes. Lead singer of The Farm (re­mem­ber them?) Pe­ter Hooton tweeted this re­ac­tion from his glass house: “What a ter­ri­ble day. Leak causes ceil­ing col­lapse – lost my debit card & now Phil Collins an­nounces a come­back #Help”.

And yet Collins’s re­turn to mu­sic may have an un­ex­pected sil­ver lin­ing. Be­cause if he is to reprise his big­gest hits again, he will need the help of heav­enly helium-voiced Earth, Wind and Fire singer Phil Bai­ley.

Phil and Phil dueted on the 1984 cheese­ball clas­sic Easy

Lover and if any 1980s tune de­serves a re­vival then it’s this rare mano-e-mano duet about a vir­ile vi­rago who brings men to their knees with­out the as­sis­tance of a Taser.

There have been pre­cious few male/male pop duets in past decades, with David Bowie pretty much prop­ping up the dy­ing sub-genre sin­gle­hand­edly. He sung on both Un­der Pres­sure (with Fred­die Mercury) and

Danc­ing in the Streets (with Mick Jag­ger).

Paul McCart­ney has done his bit too, singing with Ste­vie Won­der on the 1982 hit Ebony

and Ivory, and later with Michael Jack­son on 1983’s Say, Say, Say.

And who could for­get the 1987 bro-on-bro duet Senza Una

Donna sung by Paul Young and Zuc­chero? Ev­ery­one it seems.

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