Published on August 22nd, 2017 | by Alan Cross1
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.