Album of the Day
NO JACKET REQUIRED
Hard though it is to imagine Phil Collins being denied entrance to a restaurant for improper attire, it actually did happen, and inspired the title of NO JACKET REQUIRED. With his third solo album, the performer joined a very exclusive club as one of the 1980s' most successful hitmakers; the collection spun off four Top Ten singles: “One More Night,” “Don't Lose My Number,” “Take Me Home” and “Sussudio,” which was the #1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 on this day in 1985. The remaining tracks are equally distinctive, mixing upbeat horn and drum-driven songs with more thoughtful and atmospheric material to striking effect, and making the set's Album of the Year Grammy entirely justified. If you have any interest in mainstream pop of the last 30 years, the Diamond-certified NO JACKET REQUIRED is required listening.