Like China

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"Like China"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Hello, I Must Be Going!
B-side "I Cannot Believe It's True"
Released 1983
Format 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre Rock
Length 5:05
Label Virgin Records (UK)
Writer(s) Phil Collins
Producer(s) Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"I Cannot Believe It's True"
"Like China"
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"

"Like China" is a song written and performed by English singer Phil Collins from his second solo album Hello, I Must Be Going!. The song, produced by Collins and Hugh Padgham was released as the seventh and final single released from the album.

Song background[edit]

The song, the third track on the album, takes a more cheerful rock music tone compared to other tracks on the album. It opens features Collins singing with a British Cockney accent. The song takes an upbeat tempo and features a discordant guitar introduction, as well as a guitar solo by Daryl Stuermer midway through the song.

The song's lyrics portray an infatuated teenager attempting to convince his girlfriend to sleep with him by saying he will treat her as gently as "china".

Single release[edit]

The single was released in 1983 as the last of seven singles released from Hello, I Must Be Going! The song was released on 7" and 12" formats, with the B-side being "I Cannot Believe It's True", which had previously been released as a single from the album.

The single reached the top 20 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, reaching #17.

"Like China" had also previously been released as the B-side for the single "Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning?", the fifth single from Hello, I Must Be Going.

Track listing[edit]

U.S. 12" single (Atlantic)[edit]

  1. "Like China"
  2. "I Cannot Believe It's True"


Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 17


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