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Phil Collins’ debut solo single is especially famous for its drum
break towards the end. He wrote the song amid the grief he felt
after divorcing his first wife. Even after around 42 years, this
song still sounds like a record from another world: strange and
tense and compelling, and filled with moments of instrumental
brilliance – not just the drum break that causes the kids to
bounce in amazement – but the phasing and multitracking of
individual words for emphasis, the scrape, and clang of guitars
in the background.
In the air tonight
From: Face Value (1981)
Philip was born in the town of Chiswick, England, on January
30, 1951, and is known as a singer, drummer, composer,
producer, and also an actor. Phil Collins’ solo career has been as
triumphant as his other musical life in Genesis, first as the
band’s drummer in 1970, before switching over as singer by
the mid-’70s after Peter Gabriel’s departure. Between 1984
and 1989 he led the US Billboard Top 100 chart with songs like
‘You'll Be In My Heart’, ‘Can't Stop Loving You’, ‘Everyday’,
‘True Colors’ and many more. According to Atlantic Records
data from 2002, his solo career sales have reached 150 million
records worldwide.
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