The Roots & Phil Collins Made Us All Feel It In The Air Last Night (Video)
Phil Collins’ 1981 hit “In The Air Tonight” has been covered by Lil’ Kim (with Phil providing vocals). The Face Value single was also referenced in Eminem’s “Stan” lyrics, sampled on Nas’s definitive hit “One Mic,” and interpolated by Tupac & Tha Outlawz.
Collins appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (October 25). There, the British legend and former member of Genesis gave a chilling rendition of his Virgin/Atlantic Records gold record, joined by The Roots. The band and singer (with some of his musicians) pay strong attention to the original, but show that this crescendo anthem holds all of its gumption, 35 years later. Two legendary drummers come together, as Phil and Questlove (behind his kit) collaborate for one of the iconic percussion gems.
Face Value was Collins’ solo debut, following a departure from Genesis. Much of the LP and reportedly this single is inspired by the singer/drummer’s separation from then-wife.