...But Seriously

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...But Seriously
Studio album by Phil Collins
Released 7 November 1989 (1989-11-07)[1]
Recorded The Farm, England and A & M Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 59:42 (CD)
54:25 (LP)
Label Virgin (UK and Ireland)
Atlantic (US and Canada)
WEA (Rest of the world)
Producer Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins chronology
Buster
(1988)
...But Seriously
(1989)
Serious Hits... Live!
(1990)
Singles from ...But Seriously
  1. "Another Day in Paradise"
    Released: 9 October 1989 (1989-10-09)
  2. "I Wish It Would Rain Down"
    Released: 20 January 1990 (1990-01-20)
  3. "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
    Released: 28 April 1990 (1990-04-28)
  4. "That's Just the Way It Is"
    Released: 28 July 1990 (1990-07-28)
  5. "Hang in Long Enough"
    Released: September 1990 (1990-09)
  6. "Do You Remember?"
    Released: November 1990 (1990-11)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

...But Seriously is the fourth full-length studio album by Phil Collins. It was recorded at The Farm, Surrey, England, and at A & M Studios, Los Angeles, United States. It was released on 7 November 1989,[1] on Virgin in the UK and Ireland, Atlantic in the US and Canada, WEA Records (now Warner Music Group) for the rest of the world. It was the best-selling album of 1990 in the UK.

Musical style[edit]

While much of the album follows the same formula as Collins' previous album, No Jacket Required (1985), there was also a move towards more organic production as Collins chose to utilise live drums instead of the drum machines used heavily on No Jacket Required. He also prominently used keyboards and electric piano but fewer synthesizers. The album also features a sole instrumental track, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning", which recalls the jazz-influenced instrumentals featured on his first two albums, Face Value and Hello, I Must Be Going.

Themes[edit]

The tone of the album is serious, as the title suggests. Instead of focusing entirely on personal relationships, dark psychedelics, and simple fun, Collins expands his focus to the exploration of socio-economic and political themes. There is great emotional turmoil underneath the polished studio production, and many of the songs are unambiguous and unveiled in their melancholy.

"Another Day in Paradise", which was released as the lead single and became the album's biggest international hit, is a sympathetic look at the plight of the homeless.[4] The song was inspired by Collins' visit to Washington, D.C. There, he was struck with the widespread poverty in which so many people live, and the struggles that homeless people face. He was equally struck by the perfect abandonment of these needy people, and the complacency of the city as a whole, despite being the nation's center of government (hence the sarcasm used in the title of the song).

Another politically themed song on the album is "Colours", which voices Collins' condemnation of the segregation and oppression of black and coloured people in South Africa under apartheid. Arguably the song with the most progressive rock influence in this album (à la Genesis), it is quite popular with some fans. But it did not see much commercial success as it is almost nine minutes long, and radio stations had no interest in playing it. The political theme is also evident in the second song on the album "That's Just the Way It Is", which deals with The Troubles of Northern Ireland. This was a minor chart hit in the summer of 1990 and in the lyrics Collins makes reference to the gridlock of Ulster's sectarian differences most notably in the line "If we'd agree that we can disagree, we could stop all of this today."

While incorporating political themes, ...But Seriously does not abandon the theme of relationships. But unlike some of his earlier work, Collins takes a more mature and reflective approach when looking at the relationships in his life. "Father to Son" is a song in which Collins explores his connection with his own son. The song has a positive, inspirational tone as he seeks to guide his son through some of the trials of life and love, and to reassure him that, "if you look behind you, I will be there".

The album also features a dramatic, gospel-influenced track, "I Wish It Would Rain Down", which features Eric Clapton prominently on guitar and became one of the album's biggest hit singles.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Phil Collins, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Hang in Long Enough"   4:44
2. "That's Just the Way It Is"   5:20
3. "Do You Remember?"   4:36
4. "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" (lyrics: Collins, music: Collins, Daryl Stuermer) 4:52
5. "Colours"   8:51
6. "I Wish It Would Rain Down"   5:28
7. "Another Day in Paradise"   5:22
8. "Heat on the Street"   3:51
9. "All of My Life"   5:36
10. "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" (Collins, Thomas Washington) 1:26
11. "Father to Son"   3:28
12. "Find a Way to My Heart"   6:08

LP[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Hang in Long Enough"   4:44
2. "That's Just the Way It Is"   5:20
3. "Find a Way to My Heart"   6:08
4. "Colours"   8:51
5. "Father to Son"   3:28
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Another Day in Paradise"   5:22
2. "All of My Life"   5:36
3. "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"   4:52
4. "Do You Remember?"   4:36
5. "I Wish It Would Rain Down"   5:28

Working titles[edit]

  • The original title of "Do You Remember?" was originally "Lionel".
  • The original title of "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" was originally "Broadway Chorus".
  • The original title of the first part of "Colours" was originally "Hymn" and the second part was originally called "Oh! Mr. Botha What Can We Do?".
  • The original title of "Another Day in Paradise" was originally "Homeless".

B-sides[edit]

  1. "Thats's How I Feel"
  2. "You've Been in Love (That Little Bit Too Long)"
  3. "Around the World in 80 Presets"

Audio sample[edit]

Collins' last of seven American number one songs, "Another Day in Paradise" and its theme regarding the homeless won Collins a Grammy for Record of the Year.

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Personnel[edit]

Instrumental contributions[edit]

  • Alex Brown — backing vocals (1,4,8,9)
  • Marva King — backing vocals (1,4,8,9)
  • Lynne Fiddmont — backing vocals (1,4,8,9)

Featured musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Australian Albums Chart[5] 1 45
Austrian Albums Chart[6] 1 44
Canadian Albums Chart[7] 1 66
Dutch Albums Chart[8] 1 79
Finnish Albums Chart[9] 1
German Albums Chart[10] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[11] 1 63
Norwegian Albums Chart[12] 1 27
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 1 14
Swiss Albums Chart[14] 1 51
UK Albums Chart[15] 1 71
US Billboard 200[16] 1 90

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[17] 3× Platinum 180,000x
Australia (ARIA)[18] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[19] Platinum 50,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[20] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[22] Platinum 74,715[22]
France (SNEP)[23] Diamond 1,711,100[24]
Germany (BVMI)[25] 6× Platinum 3,000,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[26] Platinum 15,000*
Italy (FIMI)[27] 3× Platinum 300,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[28] Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[29] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[30] Gold 50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[31] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[32] 5× Platinum 250,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] 8× Platinum 2,740,590[34]
United States (RIAA)[35] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


Singles[edit]

In the US, ...But Seriously contained five singles, all of which reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. In terms of the number of hit singles from one release, ...But Seriously remains the most successful album by Phil Collins.

  • "Another Day in Paradise" reached No. 1 (1989)[4]
  • "I Wish It Would Rain Down" reached No. 3 (1990)
  • "Do You Remember?" reached No. 4 (1990)
  • "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" reached No. 4 (1990)
  • "Hang in Long Enough" reached No. 23 (1990)

In Canada, "Another Day in Paradise", "I Wish It Would Rain Down", "Do You Remember?" and "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" reached all No. 1, with Phil Collins achieving four number one hits in the same calendar year, 1990.

Tour[edit]

In support of the album, Collins' embarked on a world wide tour, called Seriously Live!. In total, there were 113 shows over 3 continents and it led to the release of a live album and video Serious Hits... Live!.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Geoff Orens. "...But Seriously". allmusic. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  3. ^ J.D. Considine (11 January 1990). "But Seriously". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 60. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Austria Top 40 – Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA | Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Phil Collins – ...But Seriously". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
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  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung (15 June 2006). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung (3 February 2012). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1996 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  19. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Phil Collins – But Seriously ........." (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 5 October 2012.  Enter Phil Collins in the field Interpret. Enter But Seriously ......... in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
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  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Phil Collins – ...But Seriously". Music Canada. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  22. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  23. ^ "French album certifications – Phil Collins – But Seriously" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select PHIL COLLINS and click OK
  24. ^ "Les Albums Diamant :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
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  26. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1990". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
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  29. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Phil Collins – But Seriously" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  30. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  31. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Phil Collins – ... But Seriously" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  32. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Phil Collins; '... But Seriously')". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  33. ^ "British album certifications – Phil Collins – But Seriously". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 October 2012.  Enter But Seriously in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  34. ^ "Top 40 Best Selling Albums: 28 July 1956 – 14 June 2009". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  35. ^ "American album certifications – Phil Collins – But Seriously". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 October 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  36. ^ "Highes Gold Platinum certifications". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
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30 December 1989 – 12 January 1990
20 January – 2 February 1990
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