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Josh Wolk
June 04, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

When Phil Collins recruited ‘N Sync to sing on the just-released soundtrack for the upcoming Disney animated adventure ”Tarzan” (opening June 18), half the pleasure was for the bragging rights it allowed him with his 10-year-old daughter. ”It’s her favorite band,” Collins tells EW Online. ”I had gotten her tickets to one of their concerts before they were (set to sing) on the record. And two weeks later I said, ‘Guess who I’M working with.”’ Collins teamed with the harmonizing heartthrobs for the soundtrack-only a cappella version of ”Trashin’ the Camp.” ”My daughter came with me to the sessions, and it was like meeting the Beatles,” laughs Collins, adding in a preteen swoony falsetto, ”’Oh, Chris (Kirkpatrick, of ‘N Sync)!”’

Having his daughter there wasn’t the only thing making Collins, a 30-year veteran of the music business, feel like a father figure. ”I felt a little bit like their dad, to be honest,” he says. ”I felt a little awkward until Chris said to me, ‘You know, this is very strange for me. The first record I bought was ”No Jacket Required,” and here I am singing with you.’ And suddenly I felt… well, I still felt like his dad, but I felt okay.”

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