Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.

Twins listening to Phil Collins for the first time go viral after hilarious reaction

They weren’t prepared for the drum solo

Jacob Stolworthy
Friday 07 August 2020 14:12 BST
Twins listening to Phil Collins for first time go viral

A pair of twins listening to Phil Collins for the first time have gone viral for their hilarious reactions.

The latest in the “First Time Hearing” video series from 21-year-old YouTube stars Tim and Fred Williams, known by viewers as “TwinsthenewTend”, sees the brothers listening to ”In the Air Tonight”.

To date, the brothers have listened to songs including “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen and Janis Joplin‘s “Piece of My Heart”, but their video reaction to Collins’ 1981 track is being considered their best yet.

As the song goes on, they seem to be getting more and more into it – but it’s when the famous drum solo arrives at 04.56 that the pair are fully sold.

“That was cool how he did that,” Fred comments, adding: “I ain’t never seen somebody drum a beat three minutes [into] a song.”

Admitting he “weren’t prepared for that”, Tim brands the Collins song “unique” and “a straight banger”.

Fred adds: “This man killed it.”

Twitter has been reacting to the video accordingly after it was shared by @tprstly with the message: “Two teenagers get schooled by Phil Collins.”

Moon director Duncan Jones replied: “Cracking up! Love this.”

Another tweeter added: “These guys reacting to Phil Collins is everything I needed to see right now.”

Someone else called the video “absolute gold”.

Tim Williams came up with the idea of the YouTube series as a method to broaden their music horizons.

Speaking to People Magazine, Fred Williams said: “There’s more than just rap out there. There’s so much more than I ever thought.”

Follow TwinsthenewTrend here.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in