Definitely, Phil Collins is one of the most legendary musicians in all of history. Whether as a drummer for Genesis or in his huge solo career, he has influenced thousands of people around the world. You may have heard him playing with Peter Gabriel and company, or maybe you were one of those who grew up listening to Disney’s Tarzan soundtrack, there’s no way you don’t know who it is.
But in the last days one of his greatest classics, “In The Air Tonight”, gained relevance everywhere due to a rather peculiar factWell, almost 40 years after releasing it on his debut solo album, Face Value, returned to the popularity charts. The quarantine has helped us to rediscover and value some musical gems, And that’s what happened to this epic roll of the English musician.
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The young people who made Phil Collins viral
It turns out that on July 27, two twin brothers, Fred and Tim Williams uploaded a video to their YouTube channel called Twinsthenewtrend where they reacted to Phil Collins’s “In The Air Tonight”. These young people have been doing this content for a long time, but they are taking advantage of these days of confinement to react to old school artists.
Since the quarantine began, we’ve seen them thrill to songs of legends like Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton, Bob Marley, Queen, Whitney Houston or Stevie Wonder, although they have also taken the time to listen to artists a little more current like Nelly Furtado, Amy Winehouse, Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine and many more.
No one expected his reaction
However, his reaction to the Phil Collins song was unique, because since the drumming of the beginning and the song in general sounded completely crazy, They literally couldn’t believe what they were hearing. As if this wasn’t enough they both gave us a couple of faces of surprise and emotion (We understand them) that of course did not go unnoticed within the video.
Many people began to share the video on the internet, and of course they went viral because nobody could believe that they had never heard this milestone. In an interview for CNN lThe Williams brothers said that people did not expect people like them, young people and African Americans to listen to that kind of music: “It’s rare to see people open these days, they don’t step out of their comfort zone and they don’t react to music they don’t know.”
Thanks to them “In The Air Tonight” returned to the popularity charts
The video not only reached a lot of social media users, Entertainment personalities like Ava DuVernay and Mindy Kaling shared the reaction of this young couple, recognizing that despite everything and new trends in the music industry, young people continue to find those songs that touched many years ago.
The most shocking thing about all this was that the Williams brothers achieved what no one had been able to do, return “In The Air Tonight” to the charts.. As you may recall, this song comes out in The Hangover (in a much-remembered scene where Mike Tyson airdrums and hits Zach Galifianakis) and appeared in the first episode of Miami Vice in 1984 –where Phil Collins makes a cameo–.
But none of them got the song onto the iTunes top singles chart, ranking third only below artists who are breaking it right now like Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B. So when you think that ‘old time’ music is out of date, think twice because in one of those, a couple of kids can get everyone to talk about her again, jiar jiar.