Sunday, September 21, 2008


Admit it. When you were younger, you thought Phil Collins was singing "stu-stu-studio."

I picked "Sussudio" because it's a fun song (but extremely difficult to sing in karaoke). It's a good tempo-setter for the week ahead. Hot Dog Tuesday makes its triumphant return, and The Homewrecker is coming to NYC on Wednesday night. Holler at me if you would like to join the festivities. We will be eating and partying all week.

I always wondered about the meaning behind the song. What is sussudio? Good thing we have Google. Here is what I found (courtesy of songfacts):

On a 1997 episode of VH1 Storytellers, Collins said: "This is one of those examples of improvising lyrics. You know, sometimes you can use the lyric, other times you're in big trouble, because what you write doesn't mean anything. So I set up this drum-machine pad, and I got some chords, and I started to sing into the microphone, and this word came out, which was "sus-sussudio." It just literally came out, at the time... that was back when I could dance, so I kind of knew I had to find something else for that word, then I went back and tried to find another word that scanned as well as "sussudio," and I couldn't find one, so I went back to "sussudio." Then I thought OK, let's give it a meaning, what is it? The lyrics are based on this schoolboy crush on this girl at school. It's happening with my daughter now, she's 8 years old and she loves this boy, but she won't tell him, like in the lyrics this boy loves her but they don't talk about it... how do they know? 'I know she likes me, I know she likes me, doesn't know my name, doesn't know I exist, but I know she likes me'... So that's what the song is about, so "sussudio" became a name for this person, and since it's become a name for a horse. My older daughter's got a horse called Sussudio, and I'm sure there are children all over the world with the name Sussudio, so I apologize for that."

There it is folks. Here's the video. Enjoy the week, and I hope you can join the fun.


  1. Until 2 minutes ago, I a slow reader, I still thought the song said stu stu studio. So much so in fact that I believe this to be a complex hoax by you to ruin my childhood memories. It's like you are trying to invent the new Rick Roll, only this time you convince someone that everything they believe is wrong, only to later reveal the truth that they were correct the entire time. I have a strange admiration for your attempt to ruin Phil Collins for me, but it isn't going to work.

    What next? Are you going to tell me that it wasn't "Give me the Beach Boys and free my soul, I wanna get lost in your rock and roll"? Are you going to claim it's actually 'give me the beat boys'? Because I won't stand for such blasphemy.

  2. Don't forget "Rock the Cat Box" by The Clash.