1985 – Phil Collins: No Jacket Required US LP – Phil Collins: One More Night US 45 is no. 1 chart topper.
Theres this girl thats been on my mind
All the time, sussudio oh oh
Now she dont even know my name
But I think she likes me just the same
Sussudio oh oh
Oh if she called me Id be there
Id come running anywhere
Shes all I need, all my life
I feel so good if I just say the word
Sussudio, just say the word
Now I know that Im too young
My love has just begun
Sussudio oh oh
Ooh give me a chance, give me a sign
Ill show her anytime
Sussudio oh oh
Ah, Ive just got to have her, have her now
Ive got to get closer but I dont know how
She makes me nervous and makes me scared
But I feel so good if I just say the word
Sussudio just say the word
Oh sussudio, oh
Ah, shes all I need all of my life
I feel so good if I just say the word
Sussudio I just say the word
Oh sussudio I just say the word
Oh sussudio Ill say the word
Sussudio oh oh oh
Just say the word
No Jacket Required is an album by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins, released on 25 January 1985. It was his third solo album and to date remains his most commercially successful. The album was named after an incident at The Pump Room in Chicago, where Collins was denied admittance to the establishment because of his attire. No Jacket Required features various guest vocalists, including Helen Terry, Peter Gabriel and Sting. Some of the songs, like “Don’t Lose My Number” and “Sussudio”, were based on improvisation. Other songs, like “Long Long Way to Go”, had a political message. “One More Night”, “Sussudio”, “Don’t Lose My Number”, and “Take Me Home” all had music videos created, as well.
The album was positively received and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985. Stephen Holden of The New York Times said that the album was “quietly revolutionizing and expanding the role of the drums in pop record making”. Rolling Stone reviewer David Fricke said that the album, “Like his ’81 and ’82 outings, Face Value and Hello … I Must Be Going!, No Jacket Required is not an album that waits to be liked.” The album went to number one in various parts of the world, including the United States, where it was at the top of the charts for seven weeks, United Kingdom and Canada. The record has been certified Diamond in the US, and has reached 6x Platinum in the UK.
Many of the songs, including “Take Me Home”, and “Long Long Way To Go,” also appeared in various episodes of Miami Vice, and “The Man with the Horn” was re-written and re-recorded for the episode “Phil the Shill”. “We Said Hello Goodbye” was re-recorded for the movie Playing for Keeps. Four singles were released from the album: “One More Night”, “Sussudio”, “Don’t Lose My Number” and “Take Me Home”. All four singles were top ten hits in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Its biggest selling singles in the US were “Sussudio” and “One More Night”, both of which went to number one. The three singles that were released in the UK all reached the top 20 on the UK charts.
Collins embarked on The No Jacket Required World Tour concert in 1985 which was also successful. During the tour, Collins received critical acclaim for appearing at both the Philadelphia and Wembley Stadium Live Aid events on the same day. Remixes of six songs from the album were later included on the 12″ers compilation. During the tour, Collins also recorded a song with Marilyn Martin for the movie White Nights, called “Separate Lives”, which was a number one hit in the United States, and a top ten hit in the UK.
“I was on tour with Robert Plant and we were staying at the Ambassador in Chicago. We had maybe 30 rooms in the hotel and were paying these exorbitant prices. The second night I was there, I went to the bar dressed fairly smart- proper trousers, not jeans, and a nice leather jacket – and I was told, “Sir, you can’t come in here without a jacket.” I said, “I’m wearing a jacket.” So Robert just pushed the guy aside and walked through. I wasn’t going to do that, I was going to stand and argue with the guy. He said, “It’s not a proper jacket.” To make a long story short, I was livid. I’ve never been so mad in my life – well, maybe once. I thought of different things to do. Like maybe going down there wearing the right kind of jacket and ordering a drink and just pouring it onto the floor and saying, “Well, I’ve got a jacket on! You can’t do anything to me.” Maybe I should smash a few photographs on the wall, a bit of the Robert Plant attitude. But I did nothing, of course. I just moaned about it.”
—–Phil Collins, Playboy interview, October, 1986
The album is named after an incident at The Pump Room restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, when Collins (entering the restaurant with Robert Plant),
Some of the songs from the album were works that were originally improvised by Collins, including “Sussudio”.
The dance pop of No Jacket Required, including this number one hit, won Collins a Grammy for Album of the Year.
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The music video for the song “Sussudio” was filmed at a pub owned by Richard Branson in London. Lee Sklar also appears in the video playing a Steinberger headless bass, however neither Sklar nor Thompson played on the actual studio recording.
Another song that Collins created mostly through improvisations was “Don’t Lose My Number”. Collins has said that he actually wrote most of the song during the recordings for his very first album, Face Value,
For the song “Don’t Lose My Number”, Collins had difficulty conceptualizing a plot for the corresponding music video. He decided to create a gag video based on this difficulty.
Another song based partly off improvisation is “One More Night”. Collins was playing around with his drum machine when he started saying the chorus of the song. He later recalled that “The rest of the song was written very quickly.”
Other songs were written with a more personal message. “Long Long Way to Go”, considered one of his more popular songs to have not been released as a single,
“You know, I was very happily married to Jill, my present wife, when I wrote it, but I had been divorced, my manager was getting divorced, a couple of good friends were getting divorced, and I thought, What’s going on? Doesn’t anybody stay together anymore? The song came from that.”
—–Phil Collins, stating his inspiration for the song “Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore?”, Playboy interview, October, 1986
“Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore?” is another song in which Collins was making a personal message. The song was made in response to everyone around him getting a divorce, including his manager, friends and himself years before.
“Take Me Home” is another song where the meaning was originally very vague. A common idea of what the song was about was going home, San Francisco, and Memphis (Graceland). At the end of the video, Collins arrives home and hears a woman from inside the house asking him where he has been. He replies by saying he’s been to some of the cities mentioned above. The woman replies “You’ve been down at the pub, haven’t you?”
Some of Collins recorded work did not appear on the original album. However, “We Said Hello Goodbye”, which appeared as a B-side to “Take Me Home” and “Don’t Lose My Number” originally, was added as an “extra track” on the latest CD releases. Producer Arif Mardin composed the beginning portion of the song.
“The Man with the Horn” was originally recorded during sessions for Collins’ second album Hello, I Must Be Going! in 1982.
Music by The Jackson 5 inspired Phil to write the song, “I Like the Way”, which also did not appear on the album, originally appearing as the b-side to “One More Night” in the UK and “Sussudio” in the US. He called the song “dodgy” and has cited it among his least favorite songs.
Critical reception and influence
“His effortless graft of bright white-R&B bounce to quirky, unexpected melodies is instinctively commercial but never feels overly contrived.”
—–David Fricke, Rolling Stone review, 9 May 1985
The reception for the album was mostly positive. Geoff Orens of Allmusic, in a review written years after the album’s release, said that while some of the songs are “dated”, the album contains “standout tracks”, where he describes “Long Long Way to Go” as “one of Collins’ most effective ballads”, and “Take Me Home” as “pulsating”.
Stephen Holden of the The New York Times said that the album was “refreshing”, and that Collins was “adept” at setting a suspenseful or menacing mood.
Rolling Stone reviewer David Fricke said “Phil Collins’ sudden transformation from the balding bantam drummer for a prosperous British art-rock group into a mainstream pop heartthrob might seem one of the Eighties’ most improbable success stories. But judging from the sly craft and warm, low-key humor of his solo records and his successful productions for Philip Bailey and Frida, Collins’ new found fame was inevitable.”
Even those who were not normally fans of Collins’ work liked the album. Michael R. Smith of The Daily Vault wrote “Anomaly or not, it is the indeed the album that Phil deserves to be remembered for.”
At the 1985 Grammy Awards, Collins was nominated in five categories.
“Sussudio” is one of Collins’ more famous songs and is referenced in many different media, including books, stand-up comedy acts and television shows. He has said that this is the song people most often sing to him when they spot him on the street.
Three songs recorded during the No Jacket Required sessions aired on episodes of the television show Miami Vice. “Take Me Home” appeared in “The Prodigal Son,” the premiere of the second season.
“Take Me Home” was also the closing theme song for the World Wrestling Federation’s television show, Saturday Night’s Main Event for several years in the late 1980s.
Chart performance and sales
“Sussudio” was the first track released as a single in the UK, and the second to be released in the US. In the UK the song reached number 12 on the UK charts. In the US, the song entered frequent rotation on MTV in May, and by 6 July, both the single and the album had reached number one on their respective US Billboard charts. following “Against All Odds”, and was his fourth single to reach the top ten in the UK, peaking at number four on the singles chart. Its B-side in the UK was “I Like the Way”, while the US received “The Man with the Horn”.
Meanwhile, “Don’t Lose My Number”, a single that Collins only released in the US, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts during late September 1985,
One song from the album would not reach chart success until it was released later. “Who Said I Would” was not released as a single on this album. However, a live version was released as a single from the Serious Hits… Live! album in the US, reaching number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100.
No Jacket Required remains Phil Collins’ highest selling album, having been certified Diamond for US sales of over 10 million copies.
Country Peak Position
United States 1
Single Chart # (U.K.)
“One More Night”
“Don’t Lose My Number”
“Take Me Home”
The album was followed by a concert tour in 1985 named The No Jacket Required World Tour. The concert and the album is a prelude to his international success attending the Live Aid concert in Europe and North America on 13 July 1985.
For the tour, Collins retained his usual cast of musicians, including Chester Thompson, Leland Sklar and Daryl Stuermer.
Reception for the tour was positive, as well. Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune said that “After hearing and observing Collins’ eminently satisfying and frequently spectacular two-hour performance, one is left not with a series of niggling questions about his popularity but rather with renewed admiration for the forcefulness of well-crafted songs played in a straightforward manner.”
In interviews during the tour, it was remarked by interviewers that the singer appeared similar to actors Bob Hoskins and Danny DeVito.
While on the No Jacket Required tour, Collins also recorded a song for the movie White Nights, titled “Separate Lives”. The song, which was written by Collins’ friend Stephen Bishop,
“It all happened sort of by accident. When I was asked to do the gig, I didn’t know what to do. I told them, “Listen, I’ll play drums with anybody.” Sting rang me up and said he thought we should do something together. Then, somewhere along the line, it was worked out that it was possible for someone to get on the Concorde and perform at both gigs. Originally, Duran Duran was going to go on in England, and then – since the members are the same – Power Station was going to be on in the States. They all chickened out. By default, I was the only one who did it.”
—–Phil Collins, Playboy interview, October, 1986
During his No Jacket Required tour, Collins also received recognition for performing at both the Philadelphia and Wembley Stadium Live Aid shows on the same day.
Phil first performed with Sting in Wembley, and together they did various songs by both singers.
Stephen Williams of Newsday commented that Collins’ performance of “In the Air Tonight” in Philadelphia “was one of the more moving moments of the day”.
Collins also released an album of remixes of No Jacket Required songs called 12″ers, in 1987.
All tracks written by Phil Collins except where stated.
1. “Sussudio” – 4:23
2. “Only You Know and I Know” (Lyrics: Collins/ Music: Daryl Stuermer) – 4:21
3. “Long Long Way to Go” – 4:22
4. “I Don’t Wanna Know” (Lyrics: Collins/ Music: Stuermer) – 4:14
5. “One More Night” – 4:48
6. “Don’t Lose My Number” – 4:48
7. “Who Said I Would?” – 4:01
8. “Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore?” (Lyrics: Collins/ Music: Stuermer) – 4:18
9. “Inside Out” -5:15
10. “Take Me Home” – 5:52
1. “We Said Hello Goodbye” – 4:15
1. “The Man with the Horn – 4:17″
2. “I Like the Way – 3:50″
* Phil Collins – vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards, Roland 808, Roland 909, Linn drum machine, Simmonds, vocoder, kalimba, backing vocals on 3, 10, bass on 2
* David Frank – keyboards, Mini Moog Bass, Oberheim DMX
* Daryl Stuermer – guitars, keyboards on 4
* Lee Sklar – bass
* The Phenix Horns, arranged by Tom Tom 84
* Gary Barnacle – saxophone on 4, 7, 8
* Don Myrick – saxophone on 5, 9
* Arif Mardin – strings arrangement on 5, orchestral introduction on 11
* Sting – backing vocals on 3, 10
* Peter Gabriel, Helen Terry – backing vocals on 10
* Nick Glennie-Smith – keyboards on 11
* Phil Collins – production, album design
* Hugh Padgham – production, engineering
* Steve Chase – assistance
* Peter Ashworth – cover photography
* primarily recorded and digitally mixed at the Townhouse, Surrey and Old Croft, Surrey
* strings recorded at Air Studios, London, engineered by John Jacobs
* digitally mixed at the Townhouse, Surrey