Hold On - Wilson Phillips
It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
Vision Of Love - Mariah Carey
Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - Michael Bolton
Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic
Escapade - Janet Jackson
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You - Heart
U Can't Touch This - M.C. Hammer

などは、今でもはっきりメロディーを覚えていますし、CDを持っているものもあります。「Nothing Compares 2 U」を歌いながら自転車に乗ってキャンパスを横切っていく女子学生の集団を見て、「あーアメリカだなあ」と思ったこととか、今でも当時の光景が鮮やかに記憶に焼き付いています。米国から帰国してからは、また邦楽のポップスばかり聴くようになってしまったので、私にとっての洋楽は1989-90年に集約されている気がします。

そんな私の記憶に残っている数少ないアーティストの一人、フィル・コリンズのエピソードが、今日、ヴァージン・グループ会長のリチャード・ブランソンの著書「僕たちに不可能はない(原題SCREW IT, LET'S DO IT EXPANDED)を読んでいたら出てきました。原文が不明なので、フィルコリンズの著書の原文から引用します。

BRANSON AND ME.... I like Richard, we always have fun together, I've known him since 73. Virgin and I were very close. They were doing a surprise TV show on him and asked me if I'd play the cab driver going to pick him up from his office to take him to the TV Studios. I disguised myself and did my best cabbie accent. He totally fell for it. I asked him if we could pass by my Mums as she was a fan of his.... he was very polite but gritting his teeth underneath.... I dropped him off and he was still in the dark. I then did a reveal which they played him at the TV show. He was stunned. I just saw this in fact as I am transferring archive stuff to DVD, and this was on a recent tape. Good fun.....






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