Just when you thought it was going all right — a Phil Collins parade!

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You can feel it coming in the air tonight — Greenpoint.

Brooklyn fans of Phil Collins will celebrate the lugubrious crooner’s legacy on Tuesday in the only way they know how — with a parade on Franklin Street.

Greenpointer Heather Kramer began honoring her favorite chrome-dome crooner for the past five years on Feb. 15 partly as a reaction to excessively mushy Valentine’s Day celebrations.

“Valentine’s Day puts a lot of pressure on people, and we wanted to spread it out to people experiencing all levels of love, including heartbreak,” said Kramer. “Phil has experienced a lot of heartbreak himself.”

This year, Kramer has booked Brooklyn’s No Small Money Brass Band to play Collins tunes and is constructing a six-foot bust of Collins’s head, which will be affixed on a friend’s car as a parade float.

And Shayz Lounge on Franklin Street will offer a Phil Collins cocktail — made with peach schnapps, club soda and garnished with an orange wedge for only $7 — while Paulie Gee’s on Greenpoint Avenue near the end of the parade route is preparing a special “Phil Collins pizza.”

“It’s going to have pears and gorgonzola on it and we’re thinking of calling it either ‘Another Day in Pearadise’ or “In the Pear Tonight,” said Kramer.

Kramer hoped to secure a permit to march from Green Street to Greenpoint Avenue, but police rejected her application due to budget cuts that have reduced parades throughout the city including Greenpoint’s own Memorial Day Parade last year.

Policy aside, police officers remain mystified that the group is honoring Collins anyway.

“Heather said he is the ‘ultimate love song writer,’ but that describes Barry Manilow,” said 94th Precinct officer Steve Truglio. “You know, ‘Let the World Sing?’ ”

But the fan group has persevered — against all odds, you might say — and officers will provide security during the four-block, 20-minute parade, though it is unlikely that things will get out of hand.

The one thing that they don’t have is a public appearance from Collins himself. Kramer tried and failed to contact him, adding, “It’s difficult to get in touch with celebrities.”

Instead, she hired a Phil Collins impersonator to sing, “You’ll Be in My Heart,” “Take Me Home” and maybe a few other requests.

Phil Collins Day Parade (begins at Green Street at Franklin Street in Greenpoint), Feb. 15, 7:30 pm; ends at Shayz Lounge [130 Franklin St. between Greenpoint Avenue and Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 389-3888].

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Harry Paratestes from Deep Williamsburg says:
Williamsburg should answer with a parade to honor their own Barry Manilow.

Unfortunately, parades are too mainstream plus a new band that is experimenting with sound from artisan oil cans and refurbished transistor radios is playing that day at a place I can't tell you about because we wouldn't want it to be spoiled. They will be serving bespoke grain alcohol that I can say I was into before everyone knew about it.
Feb. 15, 2011, 9:28 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
what does abacab mean?
Feb. 15, 2011, 10:41 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Retards ?
Feb. 15, 2011, 11:19 am
Juniper from Greenpoint says:
Seriously, there Goes the neighborhood. It sounds like a joke and it should be. This is so stupid.
Feb. 15, 2011, 11:25 am
Mary from Greenpoint says:
BRILLIANT!!!!!!!! I heart Greenpoint.
Feb. 15, 2011, 1:10 pm
J from GREENPOINT says:
To Juniper: Then stay home an pout. You obviously missed the point of just doing something for the fun of it.
Feb. 15, 2011, 2:09 pm
ChrisC from Land of Confusion says:
Great article. Love the official police quote.
Feb. 15, 2011, 3:15 pm
Meghan from Williamsburg says:
This is so stupid.
Feb. 15, 2011, 3:32 pm
Kim from Florida says:
This is something ONLY a TRUE Phil Collins fan would appreciate!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like a lot of fun!!!!!
Feb. 15, 2011, 4:05 pm
Erik from Bushwick says:
Sounds different and kind of fun
Feb. 15, 2011, 4:51 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
It sure beats sitting home and watching tv. February sucks, do whatever you can to spruce it up.
Feb. 15, 2011, 5:05 pm
Probal from Queens says:
I will be there, Phil Collins is one of the greatest artist of all time. I love his music and I think everyday should be Phil Collins day and I'm not exaggerating.
Feb. 15, 2011, 5:09 pm
Phil Collins from England says:
I too will be there to give out autographs. I expect free pizza. I have gained a few pounds but rest assured it is me.
Feb. 15, 2011, 5:34 pm
Dantestraw from Williamsburg says:
Here's hoping Patrick Bateman turns up. He's a big fan of their nuanced instrumentation and clear sound.
Feb. 15, 2011, 5:43 pm
Peter Gabriel from Solsbury Hill says:
Back in NYC! uh huh!
Feb. 15, 2011, 9:08 pm
Brian Eno, John Cale and Robert Fripp from art rock says:
Calling one of the most dexterous and nuanced drummers a 'lugubrious crooner' with a dubious legacy is *way* ignorant and ——ty journalism.
Feb. 15, 2011, 9:21 pm
Tommy from The Real World says:
Apparently Eno, Cale and Fripp slept through the 80s. Phil certainly was a kick-ass drummer (youtube some live Gabriel-era Genesis), but he traded it in for the schmaltz, and like it or not that is his legacy.

When I'm feeling blue, all I have to do
Is take a look at you, then I'm not so blue
When you're close to me, I can feel your heart beat
I can hear you breathing near my ear
Wouldn't you agree, baby you and me got a groovy kind of love
Feb. 15, 2011, 9:43 pm
Brian Eno, John Cale and Robert Fripp from art rock says:
Well, he played with all of us in the '70s and was fantastic. "Face Value" is also a fabulous blue-eyed soul pop record, so I wouldn't say any of us slept through the '80s entirely. And "Against All Odds" and "Easy Lover" are excellent pop songs as well.

But, yes, his session drumming and work with Genesis and Brand X in the '70s are our favorite work. Wholeheartedly disagree about the 'schmaltz' legacy...there would be no ANOTHER GREEN WORLD without Phil's contribution.

Also, "Groovy Kind of Love" is a fabulous old Mindbenders tune from the '60s that he covered (after Wayne Fontana left but while future 10cc-er Eric Stewart was in the band).

Get up to speed on your music history Tommy.
Feb. 16, 2011, 8:17 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
sorry Brian Eno, Phil ruined the Led Zeppelin performance at Live Aid. He totally messed up the rhythms. It was embarrassing.
Feb. 16, 2011, 10:59 am
Miriah from Bushwick says:
So sad I missed this :(
Feb. 16, 2011, 12:11 pm
Brian Eno, John Cale and Robert Fripp from art rock says:
Well, Joey from Clinton Hills, they were admittedly under-rehearsed, and Phil had spread himself a bit thin at that point in '85, but I'd like to have seen Bonham try to get through any of these:
Feb. 16, 2011, 12:57 pm
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
Bruford's better than Phil Collins any day :)
Feb. 16, 2011, 5:19 pm
Brian Eno, John Cale and Robert Fripp from art rock says:
Both excellent players with distinctive styles and similar skill sets who learned quite a bit from one another in addition to being good buddies in the '70s. They sounded great together on "Apocalypse" and "Cinema Show" during the TotT tour...who's better is down to personal taste when you reach their level.
Feb. 16, 2011, 8:18 pm
Betty from Greenpoint says:
What a disgrace Greenpoint has become! So so sad...
Feb. 17, 2011, 11:17 am
Dan from New Prague says:
Man, I missed out on this one! I hope this becomes a yearly tradition. If so, I will definitely attend next year! The world needs more of these types of events!
Feb. 17, 2011, 5:16 pm
Tommy from the real world says:
Fripp, Eno and Cale - really? You're gonna cite "Against All Odds" and "Easy Lover" and point out that Groovy Kind of Love is actually a cover of a 60s bubblegum band as evidence that Phil's 80s output is pure schmaltz? Hahahaha. You forget about Another Day in Paradise?

Notice also that after he sold out his collaborations/session-work dried up for good.
Feb. 17, 2011, 7:33 pm
Tommy from the real world says:
Doh, "... ISN'T pure schmaltz."
Feb. 17, 2011, 7:33 pm
Brian Eno, John Cale and Robert Fripp from art rock says:
Tommy from the Real World - it sounds like you have an *extremely* limited scope of what you find palatable musically. Bubblegum is a mostly US genre which came about in the later '60s (on labels like Kama Sutra). The Mindbenders were a Manchester-based British Invasion band. Do you also have a problem with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Tell Her No"..."Tired of Waiting For You"?

Yes, I do think "Easy Lover" and "Against All Odds" are good songs - and I might even argue that, on a musical level, they're more successful than overreaching early Genesis tunes like "Battle of Epping Forest" - despite my deep love of that era of the band...

Sounds like you don't care much for pop music in general. Do you also have a problem with girl groups? Is a crossover jazz hit like "Cannonball" Adderley's "Mercy Mercy Mercy" a sellout (whatever that means)?

Phil didn't 'sell out'. He just figured out around the time of his first divorce (1979) when he started writing complete songs rather than contributing mostly arrangement ideas that he had a knack for writing shorter, hook-driven material, and he enjoyed doing it.

Session work didn't dry up either, if you care to examine his credits, although as both a solo artist and member of Genesis, his time was obviously more limited.

I'm kind of glad I can appreciate many styles and genres...sounds like your definition of what's 'musical' is a bit stunted...
Feb. 19, 2011, 11:57 am
Maryann says:
Let me know when you have a Barry Manilow parade!!!
Phil Collins....thats crazy!
Feb. 26, 2011, 12:23 pm
Tommy from the real world says:
Eno, et al., sorry for the delayed response. I am the first to admit that my knowledge of crappy music is pretty limited.

70s Genesis wasn't crap, but Phil's "pay the bills" period sucked. He's basically the English Peter Cetera. "Easy Lover" and "Your My Inspiration" come from the same stream of aging sensitive rocker-ballad cheese. "I can't Fight This Feeling" is in that category too.

Sorry dude, but you have bad taste in music. If I ever see you with a $5 bill at a bar jukebox, I'm leaving the bar.

Feb. 28, 2011, 11:59 pm
Brian Eno, John Cale and Robert Fripp from art rock says:
Tommy, you're a 24-karat ignoramus. Enjoy the ten CDs in your collection!
March 14, 2011, 8:36 pm
Duck Duck Gray Duck from Minneapolis says:
10 things you didn’t know about Phil Collins
Feb. 15, 2012, 3:38 pm

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