The web is abuzz with the news of Phil Collins coming out of retirement. Over the next year (or so) that means that the PR machine will go wild and Phil Collins-mania will sweep the streets in a wave of nostalgia for all those sappy love songs of the 80s.
There is, however, one moment in cinema history burned into the brains of former 80s adolescents for which we can thank Collins.
And for that, if there were one good reason for Phil Collins to return to the stage, it would be to to hear him perform “In The Air Tonight,” the song which immortalized Tom Cruise in the classic coming of age comedy Risky Business.
In one of the most famous teen scenes of the 80’s Joel (played by cruise), an uptight sexually frustrated teenager from the conservative Chicago suburbs, spends the night with his call girl turned girlfriend riding the subway (called the ‘L’ in Chicago) waiting for the perfect moment to do the nasty.
Though not a love song, Collins wrote the song about the anger he felt after divorcing his first wife, Andrea, in 1979. In a 1997 BBC Radio 2 documentary, the singer revealed that the divorce contributed to his 1979 hiatus from Genesis until the band regrouped in October of that year to record the album Duke.
In the Air Tonight also has what is considered by many to have the best drum solo in rock.
We’ll let the video do the rest of the talking – here it is! Oh, and welcome back Phil!