Sunday, January 27, 2019

He'll Do Anything

When Genesis made a video for "Anything She Does" off their 1986 Invisible Touch album, my favourite band teamed up with my favourite British comic: the late great Benny Hill. Most appropriately, the song is about pin-up girls -- although I didn't realize that at the time. I'm puzzled why Genesis technically didn't release this as a single, given how many hits the album had already scored.

A mix of your servant's favourite music
and moves, set to stories and observations.
The video plays out like a mini Benny Hill Show complete with the chase at the end. You even get to see Tony Banks joke around a little -- something rare for Tony, who always seems to be the group's straightman wizard bent over the synthesizers.

By the way, nobody plays any horns on this track. It's a sample Tony plays from an Emulator II keyboard, another example of his wizardry.

And sadly, this is one of Benny Hill's final television appearances. He would pass away in the early 1990's, just as he was getting an offer to return to television in a new series.

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