December 15th, 2006

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Phil Collins: Cthulhu Cultist

I saw an episode of "Family Guy" in which, while zapped into another dimension, Stewie takes advantage of his echoey voice to sing a few bars of "In the Air Tonght".

I've had that damn song stuck in my head ever since. If any of Phil Collins' music can be said to have something unique about it, that's the song. If nothing else, it's inextricably intertwined with the glory 80's days of "Miami Vice" - when a t-shirt with a jacket with the sleeves rolled up was super-cool, and stubble first made its appearance on leading men. Ah, the 80's.

So this morning on the shower, I was marvelling at the power and tenacity that song has as an earworm. It's a real buster - the lyrics are so repetitive, so you can't tell if you've just got a fragment of the song stuck in your head, or if it's the whole song, and it's just a lousy song. What a mind-numbing curtain of banality ... the kind of thing that someone who's seen too much, more than man was meant to know, might find rattling around in his head over and over again to preserve the tissue-thin skein of sanity.

...and then it hit me. Phil Collins, Cthulhu cultist. There have been many theories about what exactly "In the Air Tonight" is about - a witness to some brutal crime? A fight? What? But now I have the answer -- and behind the cut, I'll give you the details.
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