Many of the songs from ...But Seriously
were written in an attempt to offset what Collins called "middle-of-the-road" song choices that made his reputation "a little more trivialized than I wanted to be." He had just played the title thief in the 1988 adventure comedy Buster
, for which he recorded a hit cover of the '60s pop song "A Groovy Kind Of Love
He told Musician
: "'Another Day in Paradise' was chosen because it was a bit different from what had gone on before. It would bring people back to the starting line of remembering what I'm about. I write 'In the Air
.' I'm quite capable of writing a 'Two Hearts
,' but let's not forget I'm also doing this kind of stuff."