How Phil Collins Accidentally Created the Sound of the 80s

Even though you may not know the technical name, you’ve heard the “gated reverb” sound a billion times, especially if you’re into the music of the 80s. It’s an intense, very punchy and sometimes crunchy percussion sound that was applied to many a rhythm track. A prime example is the sound of Tony Thompson’s snare on the Power Station’s 1985 cover of the T-Rex classic, “Bang a Gong.”

That sound infiltrated music for at least a decade–and it started as the result of a studio accident during a Phil Collins recording session.

(Via Vox)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “How Phil Collins Accidentally Created the Sound of the 80s

  • August 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Hi Alan,
    Love your blog…just one thing in this instance though: it’s a Gabriel session during which Collins was the drummer. An accidental open console mic that led to the song Intruder. Never knew this—fascinating story.


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