Phil Collins, In The Air Tonight [Single] (1981)
I used to own the reissued 12” single and I regret selling it off. But that’s the nature of record-collecting, of owning, trading and of fading in and out of interest with certain acts. When I bought it Phil Collins was almost entirely thought of as not cool. There was no new wave of re-appreciation. Now the vote is split. People of a certain age are really quick to point out how dreadful they are sure he is (without really listening, of course – they’re bugged by his big radio singles and by his mugging, his smugness). But there are open-minded and younger music listeners enjoying the use of Collins rhythms in hip-hop or just digging the songs – or at the least acknowledging him as a pioneer of drum-programming. My son got really into Phil Collins which re-sparked my interest. I come and go with any of these things – a fan for years. And then one day I decide it’s over, at least for a bit. I need a break. Anyway, all of this is to say that Collins has been on my stereo a bit in the last few years – and the reissue of his debut album was a chance for me to stretch out a bit and try to consider his importance (and certainly the importance or at least the brilliance of that album). Sometime around that time I found this 7” single and bought it – just to have. I like the album opener from his debut, its ubiquity means I’m never in a rush to hear it but I like it when I do. And I dig the b-side as well. Again, I’m never hanging out to hear it but I like it when it happens. And so now I have this cheap 7” single. A little souvenir. Artefact.
Sample Track 1: (Side A): In The Air Tonight
Sample Track 2: (Side B): The Roof Is Leaking
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