Now that Phil Collins has announced his long-awaited comeback, fans are wasting no time in getting to the bottom of important matters — like his thoughts on being admired mightily by a certain fictional ’80s serial killer yuppie named Patrick Bateman.
During a recent webchat hosted by the Guardian, Collins was asked what he thought of his music being featured in the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho. In the movie, based off the controversial Bret Easton Ellis book of the same title, anti-hero Bateman is quite fond of Collins’ work, and his 1985 hit “Sussudio” is a preferred jam of blood-thirsty Bateman.
“Flattered! I’m easily flattered,” Collins says, via the NME. “I went to see the musical. First of all I was very surprised they made one. It was ok… If I was honest, if my music is being held as representative of an era, then that’s more than I thought would happen to me when I was 13 or 14.”
Collins did see the humor in American Psycho, though it’s still unclear if he read the book.
“I thought the movie of American Psycho was quite funny — I don’t know if it was meant to be,” Collins adds. “I don’t think him being a psychopath and liking my music is linked — my music was just omnipresent in that era.”
Speaking of books, Collins has his own memoir out October 25. It’s titled Not Dead Yet, which is actually pretty Bateman-esque. Pre-order it here, and check the dates of his first live appearances in years via the flyer below.