Phil Collins "In the air tonight" C/D

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in the airrr tonight!!

startrekman, Thursday, 3 November 2005 06:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Damn broken search!

Anyway, I'm already gone on record: classic and then some.

rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 06:50 (thirteen years ago) link

ah... it's back

"In The Air Tonight" sounded pretty mindscrambling when it came out. Talk about great WTF? - the track is practically nothing BUT percussion and ambient noises. Though again, it now has a lot to answer for.

-- rogermexico (tenthreaso...), August 8th, 2005

rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 07:20 (thirteen years ago) link

startrekman, did you ever start a thread about Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" and if not why not?

Dan I. (Dan I.), Thursday, 3 November 2005 08:16 (thirteen years ago) link


I thought it was soporific at the time, but then again, you don't hear people talking about enjoying someone's drowning -clear as a bell- on the radio these days, so I guess it really was kind of avant garde.

duke of marlboro (mickeygraft), Thursday, 3 November 2005 10:10 (thirteen years ago) link

The extended version can be found at the wonderful
  • http://best-foot-forward.blogspot.com
  • .

    Tony Bleach (blackshoeswhitesocks), Thursday, 3 November 2005 13:37 (thirteen years ago) link

    Once saw a sex show in Amsterdam that had a very precise choreography set to this song. Intersting and entertaining choice to say the least. If I had been Phil Collins' lawyer, I probably would have started drafting my cease and decist letter on the spot.

    megamegamega, Thursday, 3 November 2005 17:37 (thirteen years ago) link

    I got excited when i saw about there being an extended remix of "in the air tonight" but this is some lame dance remix.

    "In the air tonight" was a very popular track in the 80s New York hip hop spots like the Rooftop and Latin Quarter

    ELLI$, Thursday, 3 November 2005 17:43 (thirteen years ago) link

    it must have been interesting hearing this song in 1981 and thinking "hey, maybe all Phil Collins' solo stuff will be this cool!"

    The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 3 November 2005 17:46 (thirteen years ago) link

    To the extent that it is responsible for all or part of any Michael Mann movies, classic. To the extent that it is responsible for any beer commercials, dud.

    monkeybutler, Thursday, 3 November 2005 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

    it must have been interesting hearing this song in 1981 and thinking "hey, maybe all Phil Collins' solo stuff will be this cool!"

    I'm dating myself, but OTM. Though there are a couple of other No Jacket Required tracks ("Long Long Way To Go," "Take Me Home") that make me want to do lines off a framed Nagel poster in a room lit only by the slippery blue light from the pool and a discreet neon lamp...

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 18:09 (thirteen years ago) link

    I love 'In the Air Tonight' like I love ET - glossy, sentimental, BIG production, which plays it close to the vacuous but ends up as a giant slab of cross-cultural humanism. Collins has a real grasp of dynamics and a soulful ability to hit exactly the right heightened emotion. Probably easier to appreciate now than at the time.. rather like mid-period Spielberg,

    Guy Beckett (guy), Thursday, 3 November 2005 18:24 (thirteen years ago) link

    Patrick Bateman to thread:

    Patrick Bateman: Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where, uh, Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as, uh, anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your ass. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and, uh, Against All Odds. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

    Jacobo Rock, Thursday, 3 November 2005 19:07 (thirteen years ago) link

    BEE/Patrick Bateman is wrong about In The Air Tonight's "more commercial" sound. Sure-fire radio hitz are usually upbeat and about lurv. Like "Walking On Sunshine" or "Baby Boy."

    In the air tonight has fucking LEAD DRUMS. It's fucking AMBIENT. Its influences are "world music" and hanging out with Peter Gabriel; not top 40. It's spooky and obsessive. You don't hum it, or play it on the soccer tape, or put it on a mix tape for your junior high crush. It's might look commercial in restrospect, but it's seriously WTF.

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 19:44 (thirteen years ago) link

    I'll watch American Psycho whenever it's on TV up until the Phil Collins speech.

    The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 3 November 2005 19:45 (thirteen years ago) link

    too busy to expound, but i like this one too. and i ain't embarrassed.

    Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Thursday, 3 November 2005 20:17 (thirteen years ago) link

    yep, love it.

    What is the version that most people on ILM know these days? The one with drums mixed in right from the start (i.e. the single mix) or the one where the drums kick in only at the DUH-DUH DUH-DUH DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH DOOF DOOF bit (the LP version)?

    I gather the reason they added extra drums for the single is that the record company thought people wouldn't be able to work out where the 1 was, so wouldn't be able to "dance to it in the clubs" (wtf?).

    But that ambiguity about the beat at the start is one of the things I love about the record So it's LP version every time for me.

    zebedee (zebedee), Thursday, 3 November 2005 20:28 (thirteen years ago) link

    xpost to myself: "soccer tape" = soccer bus

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 20:31 (thirteen years ago) link

    well I REMEMBAH

    The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 3 November 2005 20:41 (thirteen years ago) link

    I remembah don't-WORRYWORRYworry

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 20:46 (thirteen years ago) link

    dammit, what's the HTMLz0r for "schwa"?

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 20:49 (thirteen years ago) link

    great video, too. As spooky and minimal as the song (plus HEAT VISION).

    Also, who was the music supervisor on Risky Business that decided to cut away from "In the Air Tonight" to that fucking Tangerine Dream score when Tom Cruise & Rebecca Demornay finally got down to business on the train? ITAT-sex would've been way hotter.

    The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 3 November 2005 20:51 (thirteen years ago) link

    ahh i love that rememBAH part! i'm a fool.
    re: it not sounding commercial, etc. "It's spooky and obsessive. You don't hum it, or play it on the soccer tape, or put it on a mix tape for your junior high crush." -i agree. maybe clean & neat/well-produced automatic. sounds commercial to him.

    Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Thursday, 3 November 2005 20:53 (thirteen years ago) link

    I worked in a record store when this broke huge. 25 people a day coming in to ask about a song they usually didn't know the title or the artist of, ATTEMPTING to hum various parts (and air drum the climactic moment)... priceless.

    Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Thursday, 3 November 2005 21:11 (thirteen years ago) link

    There's no question that Big Gated Drum Sound became highly commercial and painfully trite, but at the time... yowzah!

    The Good Dr. Bill reminds me...

    - Working on Peter Gabriel's third self-titled album, Gabriel/Collins/Lillywhite/Padgham created the unmistakeable sound gate:drum::chocolate:peanut butter sound

    - ...which would achieve its apotheosis on Collins' monster WTF hit "In The Air Tonight"

    - ...which was featured (if not as prominently as The Good Dr. would have liked) on the soundtrack of the classic film Risky Business, starring (as Lana) Rebecca DeMornay

    - ...the image of whose nude form would be seared forever into the hypothalamus of a young and impressionable rogermexico and presumable also made an impression on Peter Gabriel, who hooked up with her following ("following"?) the collapse of his first marriage, although by the time he released Us she would have already moved on to Leonard Cohen

    - ...whose "Susanne" Gabriel would cover quite convincingly on "Tower Of Song". Can't remember if he gates the drums on that though.

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 21:24 (thirteen years ago) link

    wow, I just compulsively listened to his hits collection yesterday, weird. I skipped "Air" cause it was morning and who needs that on the commute but it's definitely classic. I was looking for "Throwing it All Away" though(definitely a morning song) but I guess Genesis did it, and it took me forever to get it on slsk yesterday.

    tremendoid (tremendoid), Thursday, 3 November 2005 21:28 (thirteen years ago) link

    This song also = prime example of charts not always determining best/most popular songs. Peaked at #19, maybe Collins' 25th or so biggest chart hit, yet easily his most well-remembered song today (probably even including his Genesis stuff).

    The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 3 November 2005 21:31 (thirteen years ago) link

    there's a bermuda triangle of peter gabriel's sexuality on ILM. apparently drawn to it. therefore, back to work.

    Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Thursday, 3 November 2005 22:13 (thirteen years ago) link

    the image of whose nude form would be seared forever into the hypothalamus of a young and impressionable rogermexico and presumable also made an impression on Peter Gabriel, who hooked up with her following ("following"?) the collapse of his first marriage, although by the time he released Us she would have already moved on to Leonard Cohen

    Are you sure you aren't thinking of Rosanna Arquette? (although, yes, De Mornay did move on to Cohen).

    Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 3 November 2005 22:35 (thirteen years ago) link

    No interest in Rosanna Arquette's nude form, I assure you.

    PG's hit both, though. Rebecca DeMornay = Winona Ryder.

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 22:42 (thirteen years ago) link

    there's a bermuda triangle of peter gabriel's sexuality on ILM. apparently drawn to it. therefore, back to work.

    The mind reels. Please explain in more detail when you have the time!

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 22:43 (thirteen years ago) link

    but you're in it too! and yeah, if only he'd hit Winona, then atleast I'd have been spat out this vortex long ago...or have clawed my way out. but still here :( -yet really should pull myself away. goodbye.

    Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Thursday, 3 November 2005 22:52 (thirteen years ago) link

    but you're in it too!

    It's all coming back to me now. From Toto IV to The Future in four easy steps!

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:02 (thirteen years ago) link

    (And you were there, and you, and you...)

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:03 (thirteen years ago) link

    yeah, rosanna was banging all IV toto dudes at the time.

    andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

    the one where the drums kick in only at the DUH-DUH DUH-DUH DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH DOOF DOOF bit
    This is the only one I remember. I heard this the other day and thought it could have been a Ween song, vocals notwithstanding.

    Sparkle Motion's Rising Force, Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:15 (thirteen years ago) link

    the coolest thing about "in the air tonight" is how he was performing it live on stage one time and he totally witnessed this murder by this dude right there in the audience so then he got the cops to come to the next show because he figured the guy would be there again and so he performed the song again and during the climactic part he sings "it's no stranger to you or me!" and points right at the murderer and the cops move through the crowd and arrest him! and then phil collins wrote this song about it all! which...he performed ... when ... it ... uh...happened.

    andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:17 (thirteen years ago) link

    Inspired urban legend = classic

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:34 (thirteen years ago) link

    startrekman, did you ever start a thread about Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" and if not why not?
    -- Dan I. (w1nt3rmut...), November 3rd, 2005.


    i havent because i havent even heard that one.

    startrekman, Friday, 4 November 2005 04:45 (thirteen years ago) link

    !

    Dan I. (Dan I.), Friday, 4 November 2005 07:05 (thirteen years ago) link

    is it the first acid house song ?

    retroboy, Friday, 4 November 2005 09:06 (thirteen years ago) link

    "He said to us, 'If "In the Air" is going to be a single, you should have a backbeat on it before the drums come because nobody knows where the front of the bar is,'" Collins says. "And we went, 'Oh shit, if Ahmet Ertegun says you should put a backbeat on it, we'd better put a backbeat on it.'"

    The usual nice little piece from Mix:
    http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_phil_collins_air/

    rogermexico (rogermexico), Saturday, 5 November 2005 00:38 (thirteen years ago) link

    What we gonna do right here is go back (go back)
    Way back (way back)- back into time (into time)

    Chorus:

    [Phil Collins]
    I can feel it coming in the air tonight
    Oh Lord
    And I've been waiting for this moment
    For all my life
    Oh Lord, Oh Lord

    [Lil' Kim]
    Keep still in the shit, killin the rhyme
    The Queen stay poppin the wine and cockin the nine
    For those who think they stoppin my dough
    Wanna copy my show, wha
    I'm switchin my flow, can't take it no mo'
    Oh you think I'm playin around
    I'm layin ya down
    Album drop, new millenium shuttin it down
    Better off givin it up, I'm rippin it up
    Spendin money, livin it up, not givin a f**k

    Hiding the tote, runnin the coast
    Makin niggas catch the Holy Ghost
    I'm realer than most, wha
    The trendsetter, the Brooklyn repper
    You know the routine
    Smoke you like a ciggarette-r
    We've been, out in a bit
    Y'all still talkin shit
    Ain't that a bitch?
    What part of the game was this?

    [Lil' Kim singing]
    Millions I'm holdin'
    Drop tops rollin'
    Diamonds on my neck
    And Bentley ballin'
    Me and my niggas gettin' high all day
    Straight to the top, cuz we on our way

    [Lil' Kim rapping]
    Comin' for y'all, comin' for y'all
    That's right I got something for y'all
    Something for y'all, wha
    God bless me, look at all I've been through
    It's my time, I can feel it, can't you?

    Chorus:

    [Phil Collins]
    I can feel it coming in the air tonight
    Oh Lord
    And I've been waiting for this moment
    For all my life
    Oh Lord

    Can you feel it coming in the air tonight?
    Oh Lord, Oh Lord


    [DJ Clark Kent]
    JM, JM
    Lil' Kim, Lil' Kim
    PC, PC
    Clark

    [Phil Collins]
    Well I remember..

    [Lil' Kim]
    ...back when it used to be the eighties
    Said the world was gon' end in 2000 (that's crazy)
    I'm the only thing to fear
    For the new year
    New year, and if BIG was here (woo)
    Get the fans, we the ones to talk
    We die real on the streets
    So watch where you walk
    And you can find me, usually
    Talkin' dirty to a cat thugged out
    Or even kinda nerdy
    Lil' Kim, Lil' Cease and JM
    Taking over like a plague on a town
    All y'all can do is pray and watch it go down
    Like when the ball drop
    My fam's all I got, we keep it gangsta

    Comin' for y'all, comin' for y'all
    That's right I got something for y'all
    Something for y'all, wha
    God bless me, look at all I've been through
    It's my time, I can feel it, can't you?

    [Phil Collins]

    Well, if you told me, you were drowning
    I would not a lend a hand
    I've seen your face before my friend
    But I don't know if you know who I am
    Well I was there and I saw what you did
    Saw it with my own two eyes
    So you can wipe off that grin
    I know where you've been
    It's all been a pack of lies

    [Phil Collins]
    I can feel it coming in the air tonight
    Oh Lord
    And I've been waiting for this moment
    For all my life
    Oh Lord, Oh Lord

    I can feel it coming in the air tonight
    Oh Lord
    And I've been waiting for this moment
    All my life
    Oh Lord, Oh Lord

    [Clark Kent]
    Lil' Kim, Lil' Kim
    JM, JM

    *fades*

    lilkimxico (rogermexico), Saturday, 5 November 2005 00:39 (thirteen years ago) link

    the rest of that album is pretty crap

    kyle (akmonday), Saturday, 5 November 2005 05:42 (thirteen years ago) link

    I don't think I can frankly deal with anything being in the air tonight.

    Who needs Phil Collins when you've got Peter Gabriel?

    Bimble The Nimble, Jumped Over A Thimble! (Bimble...), Saturday, 5 November 2005 05:43 (thirteen years ago) link

    It wasn't until maybe like two months ago that I realized he was saying "Oh lord" and not "Hold on" which basically makes me wonder what other concrete beliefs of mine are way off.

    Petroski (petroski), Saturday, 5 November 2005 06:14 (thirteen years ago) link

    One great thing not already mentioned is the reference to it and its urban legend in Eminem's "Stan."

    gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, 5 November 2005 06:23 (thirteen years ago) link

    Phil Collins, from a BBC interview:

    I don't know what this song is about. When I was writing this I was going through a divorce. And the only thing I can say about it is that it's obviously in anger. It's the angry side, or the bitter side of a separation. So what makes it even more comical is when I hear these stories which started many years ago, particularly in America, of someone come up to me and say, 'Did you really see someone drowning?' I said, 'No, wrong'. And then every time I go back to America the story gets Chinese whispers, it gets more and more elaborate. It's so frustrating, 'cos this is one song out of all the songs probably that I've ever written that I really don't know what it's about, you know.

    gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Saturday, 5 November 2005 06:25 (thirteen years ago) link

    It wasn't until maybe like two months ago that I realized he was saying "Oh lord" and not "Hold on"

    "Oh lord" makes up half the lyrics to every song he's written since 1980!

    kyle (akmonday), Saturday, 5 November 2005 18:36 (thirteen years ago) link

    two months pass...
    "Hold on"???
    How could you hear that?

    Almost all of his lyrics got "Oh Lord" on it!

    Andre Luiz Israel, Tuesday, 10 January 2006 23:44 (thirteen years ago) link

    "in the air tonight" is what it sounds like to get murdered

    -- max (maxreax), Friday, January 19, 2007 10:31 PM (3 months ago)

    The Reverend, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 15:46 (twelve years ago) link

    I think this might the all-time best song to listen to while stoned beyond all comprehension. It's got it all: ambient creepiness, vocoder noises, and a total surprise with the fucken DRUMS.

    From experience, I can say this is pretty OTM.

    jaymc, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 15:47 (twelve years ago) link

    Once saw a sex show in Amsterdam that had a very precise choreography set to this song. Intersting and entertaining choice to say the least. If I had been Phil Collins' lawyer, I probably would have started drafting my cease and decist letter on the spot.

    -- megamegamega, Thursday, 3 November 2005 17:37 (1 year ago)


    DUH-DUH DUH-DUH DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH DOOF DOOF

    Michael, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

    one of the best air-drumming moments ever

    cankles, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:25 (twelve years ago) link

    one of the best air-drumming moments ever

    The Reverend, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:29 (twelve years ago) link

    three months pass...

    Holy shit.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=TnzFRV1LwIo

    caek, Saturday, 1 September 2007 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

    That was awesome. I had to watch it twice.

    The Reverend, Saturday, 1 September 2007 16:58 (eleven years ago) link

    hahaha

    Tracer Hand, Saturday, 1 September 2007 17:12 (eleven years ago) link

    http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article2537369.ece

    "Chocolate is about joy and pleasure. For years Cadbury has told us that it was generous, through the glass and a half strap line. We thought, don't tell us how generous you are; show us. Don't tell us about joy; show us joy."

    caek, Saturday, 1 September 2007 17:16 (eleven years ago) link

    Bill Hicks was wrong about people who work in advertising.

    Ismael Klata, Saturday, 1 September 2007 19:43 (eleven years ago) link

    knocked me sideways last night when shown during the Big Brother (yeah yeah ..) Final ..

    mark e, Saturday, 1 September 2007 19:51 (eleven years ago) link

    I'm intrigued by the "If you told me you were drowning" line.

    Surely it's something that you'd scream. Not quietly beckon someone over and suggest to them that, like, they might not mind lending a hand.....

    PhilK, Saturday, 1 September 2007 22:11 (eleven years ago) link

    Playing the 45 on 33 is like drugs X1000

    Gavin, Sunday, 2 September 2007 22:15 (eleven years ago) link

    five months pass...

    one of the best air-drumming moments ever
    -- cankles, Tuesday, May 15, 2007 1:25 PM (9 months ago) Bookmark Link

    max, Sunday, 24 February 2008 09:42 (eleven years ago) link

    you have to turn this song way the fuck up

    max, Sunday, 24 February 2008 09:43 (eleven years ago) link

    this is NOT to be jammed lightly

    max, Sunday, 24 February 2008 09:43 (eleven years ago) link

    yeah i'm wary of anyone who doesn't have a distinct memory of air drumming this shit like they were playing madison square garden

    J0rdan S., Sunday, 24 February 2008 09:44 (eleven years ago) link

    yeah i'm wary of anyone who doesn't have a distinct memory daily fucking plan of air drumming this shit like they were playing madison square garden

    max, Sunday, 24 February 2008 09:45 (eleven years ago) link

    shit ive entered the zone where i can no longer figure out if im being ironic or not.

    libcrypt, Sunday, 24 February 2008 13:56 (eleven years ago) link

    it perplexes me, it does, why individuals profess such adulation for this tune, being that it is sung by such an unattractive man, so fat and bald, aye.

    res, Sunday, 24 February 2008 20:55 (eleven years ago) link

    we're all heart-throbs in the dark, baby.

    stevie, Sunday, 24 February 2008 20:57 (eleven years ago) link

    yeah, because we all judge music by the attractiveness of its performers

    The Reverend, Sunday, 24 February 2008 21:06 (eleven years ago) link

    oh that's why i thought you liked chromeo rev :/

    J0rdan S., Sunday, 24 February 2008 21:07 (eleven years ago) link

    it perplexes me, it does, why individuals profess such adulation for this tune, being that it is sung by such an unattractive man, so fat and bald, aye.

    -- res, Sunday, February 24, 2008 8:55 PM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

    fuck you, beauty queen lookist

    dell, Sunday, 24 February 2008 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

    this song blows

    El Tomboto, Sunday, 24 February 2008 21:15 (eleven years ago) link

    oh that's why i thought you liked chromeo rev :/

    -- J0rdan S., Sunday, February 24, 2008 1:07 PM (10 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

    Yeah, that P. Thug, he's such a hottie.

    The Reverend, Sunday, 24 February 2008 21:40 (eleven years ago) link

    sockpuppet Tombot

    The Reverend, Sunday, 24 February 2008 21:41 (eleven years ago) link

    The thing about that ad is that it mirrors the sensate pleasure of eating chocolate. And the gorilla? He's the part of the brain that likes chocolate. He's a lover, too. And he has a quite dignity, but he's also skillful and full of passion.

    moley, Sunday, 24 February 2008 21:43 (eleven years ago) link

    *quiet

    moley, Monday, 25 February 2008 02:19 (eleven years ago) link

    this shit is one of my favorite songs of all fucking time. i love it so much. what perfection.

    pipecock, Monday, 25 February 2008 03:07 (eleven years ago) link

    thank you pipecock i take back everything bad i said about you

    max, Monday, 25 February 2008 03:12 (eleven years ago) link

    In the air tonight has fucking LEAD DRUMS. It's fucking AMBIENT.

    -- rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, November 3, 2005 11:44 AM (2 years ago) Bookmark Link

    The Reverend, Monday, 25 February 2008 03:14 (eleven years ago) link

    This song is like brobeque sauce, except better.

    The Reverend, Monday, 25 February 2008 03:15 (eleven years ago) link

    this song is no "take me home"

    kamerad, Monday, 25 February 2008 03:24 (eleven years ago) link

    three months pass...

    Current Uncut has a whole article about it. Been meaning to hear the whole album for oh, 27 years.

    Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 06:21 (eleven years ago) link

    i have loved this song since i was a kid

    rockapads, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 07:24 (eleven years ago) link

    Also, who was the music supervisor on Risky Business that decided to cut away from "In the Air Tonight" to that fucking Tangerine Dream score...

    yeah, but that Tangerine Dream song is also a classic.

    rockapads, Tuesday, 10 June 2008 07:28 (eleven years ago) link

    one year passes...

    My youngest brother (age 16) just called & asked me to sing him this song.

    mascara and ties (Abbott), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 02:34 (nine years ago) link

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnzFRV1LwIo

    ★彡☆ ★彡 (ENBB), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 02:42 (nine years ago) link

    Holy shit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnzFRV1LwIo

    ― caek, Saturday, September 1, 2007 12:00 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark

    Damn, didn't see that. Anyway . . . the gorilla - he drums!

    ★彡☆ ★彡 (ENBB), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 02:43 (nine years ago) link

    That gorilla fucking means it.

    I wonder how many people he's drowned.

    mascara and ties (Abbott), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 02:44 (nine years ago) link

    I was really sad to learn that the murderer story was a hoax--about a day after I first heard it (the story, not the song).

    The great thing about Phil Collins is that these songs have aged really well precisely because he's a drummer and he had a great ear for good tones.

    Nate Carson, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 02:52 (nine years ago) link

    "It's about a dude he saw drowning."

    no mate bruce springsteen is the american jimmy barnes (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 04:06 (nine years ago) link

    three weeks pass...

    "This Must Be Love" sounds good coming after on the record.

    Mark, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 04:58 (nine years ago) link

    I recently sat and watched the Miami Vice pilot episode on Hulu mostly to get to see the scene when "In the Air Tonight" comes on.

    earlnash, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 05:14 (nine years ago) link

    super classic song and scene obviously, even if it indirectly led to this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBiDiCDetwA

    sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 06:04 (nine years ago) link

    "in the air tonight" is what it sounds like to get murdered

    -- max (maxreax), Friday, January 19, 2007 10:31 PM (3 months ago)

    condaleeza spice (The Reverend), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 06:35 (nine years ago) link

    six years pass...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOwAvW1CIJs

    , Friday, 15 April 2016 12:42 (three years ago) link

    three years pass...

    What a song. I spent some time air drumming to this. The best part about it is the inspiration behind it, my understanding being it is somewhat Phil collins’s own musical version of Death Wish. As the story goes a man was out boating on a bay when the boat capsized and sank and he did not know how to swim and unfortunately did not have a life preserver with him. Phil was at the same place that day but was up on a bluff, and too late noticed this man in distress shouting for help. He noticed a single individual on the beach just watching and Phil ran down but by the time he arrived this man had vanished beneath the waves and drowned. The other man could have helped but chose not to. Phil made an attempt to press charges but there were no other witnesses. Years later Phil decided to track the man down and invited him to a concert, with a front row center seat. He sang this song to the man while staring at him and the lights in the stadium lowered except for a single spotlight on the man, who eventually according to those who were there realized who Phil was, the same man from the beach all those years before. The man committed suicide shortly after the show was over out of shame and humiliation. Kind of a cool story about justice. Phil never speaks about it or the song I guess only two people really knew the truth at the time and one of them is dead it took a lot of detective work for people to get to the real inspiration behind this song.

    Coffee Bob, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:06 (one week ago) link


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