Thru These Walls

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"Thru' These Walls"
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Single by Phil Collins
from the album Hello, I Must Be Going!
B-side "Do You Know, Do You Care?"
ReleasedOctober 1982
Format 7"
RecordedMay–September 1982 at Old Croft On 1" 8 track
Genre
Length5:05
Label Virgin Records (UK)
Atlantic Records (International)
Songwriter(s) Phil Collins
Producer(s)
Phil Collins singles chronology
"If Leaving Me Is Easy"
(1981)
"Thru' These Walls"
(1982)
"You Can't Hurry Love"
(1982)

"Thru' These Walls" is a song by the English drummer Phil Collins. It was released as a single in October 1982, being Collins' fourth single. The song is also the seventh track and first single release from Collins' second solo studio album, Hello, I Must Be Going! , released in November of the same year. [1] [2] The song is dark, which follows a vast majority of songs from the album, and is about a man listening through the wall to his neighbours partaking in sexual activities. [3]

Phil Collins English recording artist, musician, songwriter, actor

Philip David Charles Collins is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the drummer and later became singer of the rock band Genesis, and is also a solo artist. Between 1982 and 1989, Collins scored three UK and seven US number-one singles in his solo career. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, he had more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s. His most successful singles from the period include "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds ", "One More Night", "Sussudio", "Two Hearts" and "Another Day in Paradise".

<i>Hello, I Must Be Going!</i> (album) 1982 studio album by Phil Collins

Hello, I Must Be Going! is the second solo studio album by English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was released on 5 November 1982 on Virgin Records in the United Kingdom and on Atlantic Records in North America, and named after the Marx Brothers' song of the same name. After his band Genesis took a break in activity in late 1981, Collins started work on a follow-up to his first solo album Face Value (1981).

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Recording

The song has distinct similarities with Collins's debut solo single "In The Air Tonight", featuring similar atmospheric opening chords on a Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 and also utilized the same gated reverb drum part several times. The song also features one of Collins's attempts at a "Ringo Starr drum part", who is one of his biggest influences as a drummer. [4]

Ringo Starr British musician, drummer of the Beatles

Sir Richard Starkey, known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals with the group, usually for one song on each album, including "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine", "Good Night", and their cover of "Act Naturally". He also wrote and sang the Beatles' songs "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden", and is credited as a co-writer of others, including "What Goes On".

Release

The song was the first single by Collins that did not reach the Top 20 in the UK, peaking at No. 56 in the UK Singles Chart (it was not released as a single in the U.S.) [5] [6]

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Music video

The music video for the song was directed by Stuart Orme, who also directed the video for "In The Air Tonight" [7] and in 1983 it was released on the home video Phil Collins [8] available on Video Home System (VHS) [9] and LaserDisc (LD) [10] which received a Grammy nomination for Best Video, Short Form. [11]

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Track listing

7": Virgin / VS 524 (UK)

  1. "Thru' These Walls"
  2. "Do You Know, Do You Care?" [1]

Chart history

Chart (1982)Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)27
France (SNEP)15
Poland (Polish Music Charts)21
UK (The Official Charts Company)56
Italy (FIMI)17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)48
Spain (AFYVE)15

Credits

  1. "Thru' These Walls"
    Drum kit collection of drums and other percussion instruments

    A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums and idiophones – most significantly cymbals, but can also include the woodblock and cowbell. In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments. Also, both hybrid and entirely electronic kits are used.

    Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

    Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, ghazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

    Marimba percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets

    The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with yarn or rubber mallets to produce musical tones. Resonators or pipes suspended underneath the bars amplify their sound. The bars of a chromatic marimba are arranged like the keys of a piano, with the groups of two and three accidentals raised vertically, overlapping the natural bars to aid the performer both visually and physically. This instrument is a type of idiophone, but with a more resonant and lower-pitched tessitura than the xylophone. A person who plays the marimba is called a marimbist or a marimba player.

  2. "Do You Know, Do You Care?"
    • Phil Collins – vocals, drums, keyboards, tymps, bass pedals, trumpet
    • Daryl Stuermer – guitars

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