I always get asked what is up with Phil Collin’s song, “In The Air Tonight” and the NFL. I have no idea who or why the stadiums started playing this song, but once they do the mood of the game, team and crowd changes, instantly.
If you grew up in the 80’s and you weren’t a Miami Vice fan, it was probably because your mom thought it was too violent and didn’t let you watch. My Mom never had problems with my watching violence and I loved Miami Vice. When you 7 years old, what could be cooler than Ferraris, South Beach and guns? The two main cars, Ferrari Daytona and Testarossa, are still about two of the most rad cars ever produced.
The song was the opening theme music for the show, but it has taken on new life in many other venues over the years. Recently, in the Hang Over, with Mike Tyson doing a sing-a-long.
I can remember countless NFL night games right before kick off where this song would play. The energy would rise and the players would react and shit would get serious.
Such a simple, powerful song. It continues to elicit the same response from people today as it did almost 30 years ago.
John, dude, when I was a young kid…. maybe before a teenager, I recall a movie on HBO or Cinemax, a Football movie where the guy was in the NFL…. lots of cursing & F Bombs…. I recall them playing this song, “In the air” ……
That movie was probably something I saw around age 12 or so, the late 1980s!!!
I wonder if it came from this movie?
Wish I could remember!
Definitely gets you pumped to perform.
Especially this clip;
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Nonpoint does a great version of “In the Air Tonight”. It’s not the original, but for a gym playlist and to get motivated, it’s a great tribute. It’s always on my playlist.
I have a inconsolable, irreconcilable irrational hatred for everything Phil Collins represents in music– except for this song. I remember my freshman year of college hanging out drinking beers in my girlfriend’s dorm room listening to this song and being pretty blown away when the drums came in.
Being a ‘to the bone’ alt-punk-rock-pop-sucks this is the first time I’ve admitted so much in public.
Here comes the rooster— now that’s music.
the gorilla video is too funny.
Do you like Phil Collins? I’ve been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn’t understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins’ presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don’t you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I’ve heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins’ solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don’t just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.
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Tim D. That was brilliant
John, I thought it was cool then, and now I’m all grwon up and I still think it cool
I love American Psycho.
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