Shameless 1980s Nostalgia Tournament – Matchup #7 – “In the Air Tonight” vs “Patience”

Welcome back to the Shameless 1980’s Nostalgia Tournament. The premise is simple. We pit two awesome things from the 80’s against each other and our expert panel of Nostalgia Profiteers decide which awesome thing is more awesome.


First Round Matchup #7 –

The drumroll in “In the Air Tonight”


The Whistle solo in “Patience”

A matchup between two quintessential moments in 80s music history. “In the Air Tonight” is on its own one of those rare songs that crosses all barriers – age, race, religion there really isn’t anyone who’s anti-“In the Air Tonight”. But this isn’t a whole song comparison. This matchup is strictly between the specific musical moments in these two songs. Now for a little personal disclosure – the Lil’ Dogg can’t whistle. This pup’s brain just doesn’t understand the concept. I put my lips together and blow but nothing sounding like a whistle comes out. More like a wet raspberry. If I could whistle I’m 100% certain the melody to “Patience” would the very first thing I’d whistle. It’s pretty much the only thing anyone should ever whistle. If you’re going to whistle in an elevator, Biff, it’d better be “Patience”. The Drumroll, on the other hand, is an all encompassing participatory event. “In the Air Tonight” comes over the speakers in a bar, sporting event, airport lounge, it really doesn’t matter where, everyone is busting out the air drums at the breakdown. And for this reason the whistle is out and the drumroll wins.

Winner – The drumroll in “In the Air Tonight”


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