I Don't Care Anymore

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"I Don't Care Anymore"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Hello, I Must Be Going!
B-side"The West Side"
ReleasedFebruary 1983 (USA)
Format7"
CD
Recorded1982
GenreProgressive rock, new wave
Length5:03
LabelVirgin Records (UK)
Atlantic Records (international)
Writer(s)Phil Collins
Producer(s)Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"You Can't Hurry Love"
(1982)
"I Don't Care Anymore"
(1983)
"Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away"
(1983)
 
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For the George Harrison song, see I Don't Care Anymore (George Harrison song).
"I Don't Care Anymore"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Hello, I Must Be Going!
B-side"The West Side"
ReleasedFebruary 1983 (USA)
Format7"
CD
Recorded1982
GenreProgressive rock, new wave
Length5:03
LabelVirgin Records (UK)
Atlantic Records (international)
Writer(s)Phil Collins
Producer(s)Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"You Can't Hurry Love"
(1982)
"I Don't Care Anymore"
(1983)
"Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away"
(1983)

"I Don't Care Anymore" is a song by Phil Collins from his second solo album Hello, I Must Be Going!.

The song is very dark, which follows a vast majority of songs from the album. The song can be compared to his earlier hit single "In the Air Tonight", as both have very powerful drums along with simple keyboard chords and guitar riffs, along with the lyrics which are directed at the anger that Collins had over his first marriage. The drums also serve as a good example to illustrate the Gated Reverb recording technique which was very prominently used by Phil Collins on many of his songs throughout the 1980s. During "I Don't Care Anymore", the drum track switches several times between "standard" studio sound and a gated reverb overlay. The song gave Collins his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1984.

Music video[edit]

In addition to Chester Thompson, touring band members Daryl Stuermer (guitar), Peter Robinson (keyboards), and Mo Foster (bass) also appear. Aside from Stuermer, the rest of the band does not appear on the actual recording and are instead miming Collins' parts.

The video is staged entirely in a dark room, with spotlights appearing over each band member as they begin to play. Foster is clearly visible in Robinson's spotlight for about a minute before he begins to play, hands in pockets, shuffling his feet occasionally, and looking more like a loiterer than a band member. When he begins to play (at the beginning of the first chorus), he plays the song's synthesised bassline on Moog Taurus bass pedals. Instead of playing them with his feet as intended by the manufacturer, he strikes them somewhat dramatically with the sides of his closed fists. He plays considerably more notes than what is actually heard, and frequently manipulates the Taurus's filtre controls with one hand while striking with the other.

Live concert footage from the same year shows that he did, in fact, play the Taurus with his hands (whereas future touring bassist Leland Sklar played the Taurus with his feet while simultaneously playing electric bass). He did not strike the pedals with his fist, however, instead simply depressing each pedal with the flat of his hand. He did frequently manipulate the Taurus's filters to great effect, but the bassline he performed was the simplified version heard on the recording rather than the overzealous part he mimed in the video.

In popular culture[edit]

The song appeared in the Miami Vice episode "No Exit." The same episode features an instrumental music score by Jan Hammer that is loosely based on the rhythm, drum track and harmonies of this song.

"I Don't Care Anymore" is featured in Grand Theft Auto V, both in the in-game radio station, Los Santos Rock Radio, as well as one of the first few missions (Father/Son).

Track listing[edit]

7": Atlantic / 7-89877 (US)[edit]

  1. "I Don't Care Anymore"
  2. "The West Side"

7": wea / 25.9938-7 (Holland)[edit]

  1. "I Don't Care Anymore"
  2. "Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away"

12": wea / 25-9935 (Holland)[edit]

  1. "I Don't Care Anymore"
  2. "Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away"
  3. "And So to F [Live]" (6:34)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 10039
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks2

Personnel[edit]

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