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The real story behind In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins:
The actual story behind the lyrics is a bit more mundane.
Phil was going through a divorce and the song expresses his feelings and anger through the song.
One of the most commonly believed messages behind ‘In the Air Tonight’ was that Phil Collins wrote it about a man who could have saved another man from drowning but chose not to.
There have also been plently of variations on that myth including one that mentions Phil Collins was on a boat with a friend when his buddy fell overboard. Phil Collins couldn’t swim, so called out for a guy on a nearby dock to come save his friend, but the guy just sat there and watched while the man drowned.
Most of these stories include an ending where Phil Collins eventually invites the offending guy to one of Collins’ concerts, giving him a front row seat, then sings In the Air Tonight and reveals to the crowd how this man stood by and let someone die when he could have saved him.
These messages however are all just myths as Phil Collins has pointed out.
“In the Air Tonight” is the debut solo single by the English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was released as the lead single from Collins’ debut solo album, Face Value, in January 1981.
Collins co-produced the single with Hugh Padgham, who became a frequent collaborator in the following years. The song was an instant hit, quickly climbing to No. 2 on the UK Singles chart but was held off the top spot by the posthumous release of John Lennon’s “Woman”. It was also an international hit, achieving top 10 status in Australia, New Zealand and several European territories, reaching No. 1 in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. It peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was later certified Gold by the RIAA, representing 500,000 copies sold. The song’s music video, directed by Stuart Orme, received heavy play on MTV when the new cable music video channel launched in August 1981.
“In the Air Tonight” remains one of Collins’ best-known hits, often cited as his signature song, and is especially famous for his drum break towards the end, which has been described as “the sleekest, most melodramatic drum break in history” and one of the “101 Greatest Drumming Moments”. The song was ranked at number 35 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s” in 2006. In 2007, Mike Gruss, former columnist for The Virginian-Pilot, referred to the song as a “soft rock classic.”
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