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UK Government (Why You Want to Make Phil Collins Blue)

While we here at “One More Knight” have an entire 40-year career of moments at our disposal for those who might be burdened by the taxing decision of just who has earned a tacking on of the  titular “Sir”, nothing gives buoys our quest quite as  much as brand new evidence of Phil Collins‘ greatness. Not only do we find that it greases the gears with the UK government on pressing matters, but it also reinforces our belief that this wonderful performer is deserving of any additional accolades thrown his way. For while many once great entertainers drop off into the abyss or cling to the remnants of a fading career, Mr. Collins continues to churn out toe-tapping, pop gems.

The latest in the canon of Collins to attain “sight” status for our “sore eyes” (but ever-so attentive ears) is this clip for his cover of the 1964 Temptations classic “Girl (Why You Want To Make Me Blue).”  Phil treats the material with reverence, while seemingly giving the piece a whole new meaning…to us anyway. We took the titular “Girl” to mean the British Government or Monarchy, and we translated the “Why You Wanna Make Me Blue” parenthetical to mean, “why haven’t you bestowed me with the knighthood just yet.”

It’s true that we, like most people, tend to extrapolate a lot of what we want to hear from popular music, though we’re pretty sure we nailed this one. So we hope that the UK Parliament and Royal Family is listening to Phil’s veiled (or not-so-veiled) message in this song and take it into strong consideration. After all, it seems rather cold the thought of wanting to make Phil Collins blue by not bestowing knighthood upon him, doesn’t it?

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Phil Collins’ Trench Run

It takes a special kind of nerd to even have the inkling to sync up a Star Wars video with their favorite music in the hopes that the entirety of YouTube finds it compelling and genius enough to make it go viral.  Then again, it takes a special kind of nerd to start a movement aimed at getting their favorite British singer/actor/percussive genius knighted in the hopes that the entirety of the web-browsing public finds it compelling enough to join in and help make history.  Needless to say, we can identify with the person who made this video of “In The Air Tonight” synced up to the famed “Trench Run” in the original Star Wars film.

That being said, it’s a nice try, but it doesn’t exactly inspire us to new heights due to the fact that the action doesn’t really sync up in any special way, shape or form.  X-Wing Fighters explosions are devoid of punishing drum beats and a few sound-ups on the action would’ve been nice.  Not to be nitpicky, but if we were going to sync up anything in the film with a Phil Collins song we’d probably use “One More Night” to sync up with the “grand ceremony” scene at the end.  As both Han and Luke receive their medals it would subliminally plant the notion into the minds of viewers that Phil Collins deserves to be honored for all of his valiant musical efforts and that perhaps the only suitable honor is Knighthood.  So, if you’re paying attention Star Wars-Phil Collins sync’er-upper, you have your mission, now go forth.  Maybe we’ll even bestow you with our site’s highest honor…though we haven’t really figured out what that is yet.

A Little Phil Collins Goes A Long Way

May 14, 2010 1 comment

We here at “One More Knight” are pleased to announce that over the past twenty-four hours Phil Collins has gone viral. Unfortunately for us,it wasn’t our quest to get Phil knighted that captured the hearts and brief attention spans  of the world. Rather it was this video of the “Worst Wedding DJ EVER”:

Now we’ll be the first to admit, that without the audio excerpt of “In the Air Tonight” the video itself would be pretty funny if still accompanied by the conga line music. The audacity of the DJ in the breast-slapping department, though not necessarily our cup of tea (as our main comic interests lie mainly in high-brow humour), would in and of itself be grounds for uproarious laughter.

That being said, something magical happens when  Phil’s haunting masterpiece off his 1981 album Face Value replaces the wedding audio track so that his killer drum solo coincides with the actions of Stardust Entertainment’s resident mammary abuser. The video leaps into the stratosphere of comic timing and turns this ever-so-brief moment of ridiculousness into a classic web moment that will forever offer proof that just adding a little Phil Collins to the mix goes a long way.

We can only hope that those in the office of the Prime Minister get wise to this lesson imparted by the video editor when considering who to recommend for Knighthood.  Think about it Prime Minister Cameron; something magical is bound to happen when you add a little Phil Collins to the honourable rolls of the United Kingdom’s distinguished nobility. Your approval ratings will surely soar into the stratosphere just as adding Phil Collins’ music to that video sent it soaring into comedic legend.  What better way to ensure your spot in history as a beloved British Prime Minister than by turning up the volume with a little Phil Collins praise. We can feel it in the air tonight. Can you?

Cracking The Curious Case of Sir Phil Collins Missing Knighthood

If it wasn’t already apparent enough to the readers of this site, our undertaking to get Phil Collins knighted should all but assure you that we have entirely too much time on our hands. While the vast majority of that allotted under the “too much time” category is spent listening to the contents of great albums like No Jacket Required and Duke; we occasionally slide into research mode so that we have additional things to blog about on our Internet journey to make Phil Collins’ future a noble one.

Seeing as we had done little in the realm of research as to the actual process of becoming a knight, we decided to seek out some helpful information…and what better place to find such helpful information than the official website of the Monarchy you have been pressing to make your dream become a reality (Rhetorical Question: The answer is there is no place better)? Our academic yearning and intuitive link-clicking abilities ultimately led us to this video on the subject of investitures (a fancy way of saying a presentation of rank, which also includes Knighthood):

While we were delighted to learn ever-so-much on the subject of bestowing rank and honour upon deserving individual, we were quite troubled by a particular voice over passage contained within. It read as follows:

“Honours recognize achievement in all walks of life and are given on the advice of the Prime Minister’s office”

Needless to say, this line stopped us in our tracks. Not only were we barking up the wrong tree by lightly haranguing the Royal Family over the past month, but it also helped explain why so much time has passed without Phil Collins getting the slightest sniff at a Royal promotion. Over the last 13 years it was on the advice of Labour Party that those decisions were made and it was that very same party taking power that caused Mr. Collins to flee for Switzerland 13 years ago.

Now, with the Tories and David Cameron in control of investitures, we assume Phil to be all but a shoe-in for at least the vaunted position of Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE).

In closing, we’d like to apologize to the Queen and her family for any annoyance we may have caused. We may still harangue you from time to time, but only because we are certain you still hold a good amount of sway when it comes to recommending those deserving such distinction as Phil Collins does.

Oh, and Prime Minister David Cameron, we entreat you to look our way. There’s a singer/drummer/pop master without his proper title.