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  • Channel Hop: Unlike Peter Gabriel, who stayed on Genesis' label Charisma Records for its own solo career up until its 1986 absorption into its parent label Virgin Records (thanks to Virgin being bought out by EMI), Collins opted to release Face Value on Virgin itself, and would stick with them throughout his solo career until shifting to his Face Value Records vanity label in 1996. In the US, however, he stuck with Genesis' American distributors, Atlantic Records.
  • Creator Breakdown: Like Genesis' Duke immediately before it, Face Value directly came about as a result of Collins' messy divorce from his first wife, and his state of mind at the time is more than apparent on the record.
  • Reality Subtext: Most of the songs on the album (apart from the covers of "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Over the Rainbow") were directly influenced by and direct allegories for Collins' divorce from his first wife in 1979.
  • Referenced by...: "In the Air Tonight" had a major reference in the 2009 film The Hangover. The bachelor party gang ends up in a hotel room occupied by Mike Tyson, who is jamming out to the song, and halts an attempt to address him so he could air-drum its famous drum fill.
    Mike Tyson: Shh, shh... This is my favorite part coming up right now.