“In the Air Tonight” was Phil Collins’ first single off of his wildly successful debut album, Face Value. The song was an instant hit, reaching No. 2 in the UK and peaking at No. 19 in the United States. There’s no denying the greatness of that drum break toward the end of the song. That slick beat is synonymous with the name Phil Collins.
In this sneak peek of Classic Albums, Collins talks about what influenced his heartfelt lyrics on the iconic Face Value debut single. We also hear from Atlantic Records co-fonder, Ahmet Ertegun, who gave high praise to “In the Air Tonight” well before its release. Watch the full hour-long episode Wednesday, October 11th at 9/8c on AXS TV.
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