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Those familiar with Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" will never hear the 1981 hit song the same way after watching this inconsequential but outrageously funny clip.

Many people often cite "In the Air Tonight" as Collin's signature song.

Melodramatic tension is restrained at the beginning through the use of ominous chords and slow drum machine beats as the former Genesis singer imbues the song with heavy dysphoria.

But then the tension is broken in one of the most famous drum breaks in rock history.

And nothing visually represents that iconic burst of musical cacophony better than this intrepid deer.




Josh Ballico posted a video of this short, 18-second clip of a deer wandering in from the forest and happening upon a child's playground fortress while "In the Air Tonight" establishes the mood.

The song is perfectly synchronized when the deer clumsily struggles to pass through the plastic castle gates.

Right as the song switches gears with its sonic explosion, all four of the animal's hooves fight to regain traction on the slippery slide with equal ferocity. And you can't take your eyes away.

After managing to break through to the other side, the deer composes itself in milliseconds and continues its graceful stride across the lawn as if nothing previously broke its stride.

It's a video of nothing. But somehow, it's everything.









You can't just watch this video once.







There's just no logic.


Phil Collins' drum break in the song was recognized as one of the most "Greatest Drumming Moments" in music history.

In a November 11, 2014 article in LA Weekly, Art Tavana called the explosive burst the "sleekest, most melodramatic drum break in history,"

But the musician's brooding song has its origins rooted in a dark past. "In the Air Tonight" came to fruition as an outlet for Collins' anger and frustration as a result of his divorce from Andrea Bertorelli, to whom he was married from 1975 to 1980.

"I wrote the lyrics spontaneously. I'm not quite sure what the song is about, but there's a lot of anger, a lot of despair and a lot of frustration."

"Nobody knows what the song is about," he told Rolling Stone in a 2016 interview. "and I kind of like the mystery."

Thanks to the deer going through its obstacle course, listeners can now appreciate the song in a whole new way.


H/T - Mashable, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia

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