Henry Phillips moved from New York to Los Angeles as a teenager and studied music at the prestigious Dick Grove School of Music. He holds a political science degree from UCLA. He intended to be a studio musician until one night, to help cheer up a friend, he picked up a newspaper and sang the more calamitous stories, ending each with the refrain, “But what do you want me to do about it?” As a lark, he tried it onstage, and it brought the house down. A star – albeit a twisted one – was born.
Neither Here Nor There