It’s difficult to believe it has been 30 years since “Easy Lover” was released. That’s half my lifetime ago! But it’s still one of the songs on my “Favorites” playlist to this day.
Back when it was first released I was already a fan of Genesis, the band Phil Collins was a member of, and Earth, Wind and Fire, the group that Philip Bailey was a member of (though as I recall I did NOT know Mr. Bailey was a member of that group until my younger brother told me one time when we were listening to the song on the car radio).
Unlike most music videos of the day (remember MTV and VH1, when they actually played music videos?), which typically tried to tell the story of the song in their video, “Easy Lover” was essentially, as Phil Collins points out in the short intro, a video of them making a video.
“Easy Lover” reached the number 2 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985.
<In my radio DJ voice> Here’s your blast from the past, “Easy Lover” by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey.