> He cowrote "Blood On The Rooftops" with Hackett....and that's one of their five best songs! (IMO)
I did find it curious that Phil didn't seem to have as much to say about Hackett considering most of his early Genesis songs were written with him.
He did realise that he was going to #1 everywhere and selling gazillions of copies, but he kept himself so busy all the time he never stopped to dwell on it.
He doesn't really comment on the 80s production that much aside from talking about developing the gated reverb drum sound (which he clarifies was originally intended for "Intruder" and not "In The Air Tonight") and learning how to use a drum machine. He doesn't talk about Sussudio that much, just mentions that the lyrics are just nonsense he came up with improvising and couldn't think of anything better. He seems to like the song and is glad it's popular, but doesn't have any special affinity for it.
Amusingly he thought "Against All Odds" was a weak b-side, which is why he gave it to a movie instead of saving it for an album. The success of that one took him by surprise.
> I know he had movie roles too, like Buster, but didn't know anyone really gave a crap about them anymore today. Does he talk about Bob Hoskins anywhere?
Yes! He has fond memories of Buster and enjoyed making it a lot. He's less enthusiastic about his other film roles. He was disappointed in particular by his cameo role in Hook.
He says that turning the period when he was a viable hollywood actor he got the idea to make a film inspired by the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story with him, Bob Hoskins, and Danny Vivito as the three bears. They were on board, the studio was on board, Kim Basinger was going to be Goldilocks, and Robert freaking Zemeckis signed on to direct. But then the script sucked and they canned it.
> Does anyone really even KNOW the details of his "screwed up personal life" anyway besides the fight with the wife that led to "In The Air Tonight"?
It's all in his book so we can all have the pleasure of knowing now. the TLDR version is that his crazy touring life distanced him from all his girlfriends/wives and ruined most of his marriages, except for one time when his wife cheated on him, and another time when he cheated on his wife.