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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
RecordedMay–September 1982 at Old Croft On 1" 8 track
Label Virgin Records (UK)
Atlantic Records (International)
Songwriter(s) Phil Collins
Phil Collins singles chronology
"If Leaving Me Is Easy"
"Thru' These Walls"
"You Can't Hurry Love"

"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]



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]


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]

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]

Track listing

7": Virgin / VS 524 (UK)

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

Chart history

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


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

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