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Both Sides of the Story

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B-side  "Always" "Rad Dudeski"
Recorded  1993
Format  7", CD, cassette
Genre  Pop
Released  18 October 1993 (UK) 4 November 1993 (US)
Length  6:43 (Album Version) 5:31 (Radio Edit)

"Both Sides of the Story" is a song performed by Phil Collins and was released in 1993 as the lead single from his fifth album Both Sides, released that same year.


Song history

The song reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart, but was Collins' first lead single since "Thru These Walls" to not hit the top ten in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching #25 spot.

Its B-side varied, as copies of the single included either "Always" or "Rad Dude. Thought it may not have been a commercial success it won critical acclaim from a few critics.

Music video

The video, mainly shot in New York, follows the lyrics of the song. The first section cuts between Collins singing and images of a gutter and homeless people. The second section shows Collins inside a house, sitting on the stairs. He watches a married couple arguing, while their children watch. After the chorus, a military unit is shown patrolling a town while children spray-paint the walls. The final section portrays the story of a confrontation with a ghetto kid threatening another man with a gun. (This scene was inspired by the 1991 Lawrence Kasdan film Grand Canyon.) The video ends with shots of New York and the people, cutting like the first section, again with Collins singing the closing lyrics.

Due to the length of the video, it didn't receive much airplay on MTV.


  • Phil Collins – lead & backing vocals, drums, keyboards, guitars, bass, drum machine
  • References

    Both Sides of the Story Wikipedia

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