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Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight (1981)

Le très grand classique et hit mondial de Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight”, célèbre pour son pont de batterie à partir de 3mn…

Si vous n’avez jamais fait semblant de taper avec des baguettes sur des fûts au moment où le pont de batterie démarre, on ne peut décidément rien pour vous… 😉 Sinon, vous aurez compris qu’il s’agit de ce hit mondial de 1981.

Live 1985

A la TV

Le titre a été utilisé de multiples fois, pour la publicité ou des séries TV.

Par exemple, dans le 1er épisode de Miami Vice ou dans cette fameuse pub pour les chocolats Cadbury :

Phil Collins et les coulisses de la publicité (EN)
Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight

“In the Air Tonight” remains one of Collins’ best-known hits, often cited as his signature song, and is especially famous for its 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 original single version of “In the Air Tonight” features extra drums that play underneath the song until the signature drum crash (referred to by fans as the “magic break”) appears. These were added at the suggestion of Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun. In 2007, Collins wrote:

“Ahmet came down to the final mix in the cutting room in New York … The drums don’t come in until the end but Ahmet didn’t know that at this point, because on the demo the drums hadn’t come in at all; it was only drum machine all the way. And he was saying, ‘Where’s the down beat, where’s the backbeat?’ I said, ‘The drums come in in a minute.’ ‘Yeah, you know that and I know that, but the kids don’t know that; you’ve got to put the drums on earlier.’ So we added some drums to the mix and put it out as a single.”

Wikipedia (EN)

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