These YouTube Twins Listened to Phil Collins’ ‘In the Air Tonight’ for the First Time and Their Minds Were Blown


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Meet Tim and Fred Williams, a pair of twins with a YouTube account that has become something of a phenomenon for the duo’s “First Time Hearing” series — in which the 21-year-olds listen to certain songs and react on camera. It’s the sort of thing we’ve seen on YouTube and social media for years, but there’s something about the way in which the Williams duo reacts that elevates their videos from the rest. Recently, they heard the Phil Collins classic “In the Air Tonight,” and, well … they weren’t ready.

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Clearly vibing with the song’s steady rhythm and creeping sense of ominous tones laid out by Collins’ lyrics, Tim and Fred groove along with the song, at one point remarking that it sounds like a WWE intro song (which it does!). And when the iconic drum solo kicks in, they’re blown away.

The lead-in to the drum solo, if you don’t have seven minutes for the full video right now:

There’s just something about “In the Air Tonight” that makes the song an enduring classic. Collins announced his solo career in style when he released the song in 1981 as his debut single, taken from his 1981 album Face Value. And that drum solo inspired a recent TikTok trend, users of the social media platform slamming their cabinet doors shut in rhythm:

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Tim and Fred Williams’ YouTube channel is a treasure trove of other videos like this. Here they are discovering Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene”:

And “Dream On” by Aerosmith, which is labeled as the first rock song they’ve ever listened to:

And they even dabble in opera!

Visit their YouTube channel for more of this top-notch musical entertainment, and shout-out to the Independent for the heads-up about all of this.


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