Phil Collins was in a period where he was writing extraordinarily gut-wrenching songs like "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
," but he didn't write this one. "Separate Lives" was composed by Stephen Bishop, who had hits with "On and On
" and "Save It For A Rainy Day
." Bishop had a small part in the movie Animal House
, where John Belushi smashes his guitar. On the set, he met Karen Allen, who is known for her roles in the first and fourth Indiana Jones
movies. Bishop told us that he wrote the song after their breakup, adding, "I actually called her from the room in my hotel... poetic license don'tcha know."
Regarding his songwriting process, Bishop says: "In Nashville they make songwriting a real job, they get to it. I tend to get a bit lazy on my songwriting, especially if I'm happy and content. I write much better when I'm heartbroken and sad or melancholy." (Thanks to Stephen for the info. Check out his website at stephenbishop.com