Originally Posted by waterhead
I saw that too, but figured there had to be another reason, a real reason.
Just shows why Genesis went downhill after Peter Gabriel left and Phil Collins took over.
Whoa now, hang on there- NOW you guys have opened a can of worms!
I'm THE uber Genesis geek!
(and prog/alternative/indie in general)
Other Sussudio links-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sussudiohttp://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1908
"Sussudio" is a girl's name in the lyrics, but it is also the name Collins gave to the song's drum track.
I think it's clear from the song and the music video produced at the time that Sussudio is a (made up/improvised) girl's name and the song is about her.
Is the track a great piece of art? Probably not. Does it represent the time/culture of the mid 80's well- sure does. Phil's solo work was never intended to be high art. He wanted to indulge in pop sounds for the masses/radio play = mass market $$$, which he did quite well with, with far more profit than any other Genesis member's solo work.
Yes, Genesis' output after Gabriel's departure became increasingly poppy/commercial, again on purpose, in order to reach a wider audience and more income. Bands like Yes were doing the same thing with more mass market appeal in their sound. Even then, they threw the prog fans a bone with several proggy tracks on all albums released in the 80's/90's, with the ratio of pop/prog increasing with every album. But it took until at least Duke for that to become obvious, as Wind & Wuthering, Trick of the Tail and yes, even And Then There Were Three are great prog/art albums.
Even prog/art prudes should recognize the value in neo-prog tracks like Abacab, Mama, Domino, and even Collin's solo "In the Air Tonight". Heck, even Sussudio was recognized with (Wikipedia)
At the time, it was like nothing you had ever heard before on the radio. The word "Sussudio" may not have meant anything, but the song itself was pure magic."
Where the vast majority of artists from this era try out the synthesizer/keyboard/horn section soup and fail miserably, Collins seems to have the recipe down to a science," Hamilton adds
At least his sound wasn't cookie cutter of the era, but rather trendsetting, regardless of being (now)dated/poppy or not.
Genesis' live concerts all the way until the 2007-2008 tour were at least 50% prog/art playlists (by playtime), so they never really forsake the serious fans. Whereas too many artists/bands appear to become parodies of themselves as time marches on, Genesis demonstrated their timeliness, attention to quality showmanship, and class in the 2007/8 tour, which I attended and recommend on DVD.