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June 23, 2006

Fun Facts: Sussudio

Everyone loves Phil Collins! An artist whose career spans four decades, Phil has tried his hand at many different musical styles. Adult Pop, Fusion Jazz, Progressive Rock... Phil Collins has done it all. But, if you're like me, there's only one track that truly satisfies when you're craving that quintessential Phil sound.


I've said it before and I'll say it again: Phil Collins is the white James Brown.

The "Sussudio" single was released in 1985 to both critical and popular acclaim. Yet, most listeners are still a bit confused about the meaning of the song's lyrics. In the chorus, Collins sings "just say the word, su-su-sudio." Sussudio sure is a fun word to say, but what the hell does it mean? Many critics assume that it is an exotic girl's name. After all, Phil does spend much of the song referring to "this girl that's been on my mind". Could it be that this special lady happens to be named Sussudio?

No. Don't be ridiculous. Have you ever met a girl called Sussudio? For that matter, have you ever met a boy named Sussudio? Of course not. Obviously, it's not a person's name.

In reality, Sussudio refers to a place, not a person. Specifically, the word Sussudio is a sly reference to Stoudios, a monastery founded in the year 462. Located in Constantinople, this monastery was the home of Saint Theodore the Studite... a monastic ruler who was famous for letting his monks sprinkle nutmeg onto their pease pudding.

Though he doesn't talk about it during interviews, Phil Collins is known to be a man who enjoys the mild flavor of pease pudding. And there's nothing Mr. Collins loves more than sprinkling a bit of nutmeg on all that creamy pea goodness. Phil likes it hot. Phil likes it cold. And, yes, Phil even likes it in the pot, nine days old.

As it turns out, the "girl" Collins pines for in Sussudio is really just an elaborate metaphor for a revolting vegetable dish that even 8th century monks had to be bribed into eating.

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

Posted by Joey at June 23, 2006 05:01 AM

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