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Of course, in 1981, we didn’t know just how much of a menace Phil Collins and Genesis were going to become. Genesis had tossed out a couple of hit singles that had done well in either the U.K. or U.S. — the awful “Follow You Follow Me,” the pretty good “Turn it On Again” and the really good “Misunderstanding” — but it wasn’t really until “In The Air Tonight” that anybody associated with Genesis had an undeniable world-wide smash.
And why not? I can remember just how weird “In The Air Tonight” sounded on the radio back in 1981: like nothing else I’d ever heard.