I Don't Care Anymore

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"I Don't Care Anymore"
I Don't Care Anymore Phil Collins.jpg
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Hello, I Must Be Going!
B-side"The West Side"
ReleasedFebruary 1983 (US)
Songwriter(s)Phil Collins
Phil Collins singles chronology
"You Can't Hurry Love"
"I Don't Care Anymore"
"Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away"

"I Don't Care Anymore" is a song written, performed, and produced by English drummer Phil Collins (with co-production by Hugh Padgham). It is the third single from Collins' second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982). It is one of the artist's most recognisable signature songs, and a favourite of many Collins fans worldwide.

This song is considered 'dark' in tone, and is comparable to Collins' earlier hit single "In the Air Tonight", as both contain powerful drum kit along with simplistic synthesizers and guitar riffs, coupled with angry lyrics directed at Collins' failed first marriage.[1] The drums also illustrate the gated reverb recording technique that defined Collins' sound 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 earned Collins his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1984, but lost to Michael Jackson's "Beat It".[2]

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's 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 filter 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.

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)


Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 39
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 3


Hellyeah version[edit]

"I Don't Care Anymore"
Single by Hellyeah
from the album Undeniable
ReleasedJuly 27, 2016
GenreGroove metal
LabelEleven Seven
Songwriter(s)Phil Collins
Producer(s)Kevin Churko
Hellyeah singles chronology
"I Don't Care Anymore"
"Love Falls"

Heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah released a cover of I Don't Care Anymore as a single on July 27, 2016 off of their Undeniable album. The cover features a lost performance by Dimebag Darrell which was unearthed by his older brother, Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul. According to Paul, Damageplan's cover of the song never saw the light of day and it took him three weeks to find the recordings. The lost recordings would eventually be converted with Pro Tools with the help of producer Kevin Churko. Chad Gray called recording the vocal sessions a very emotional moment while mentioning that having the band track Dimebag Darrell's riffs was one of the most magical moments in Gray's career.[3][4][5][6] A music video for the rendition was released to Eleven Seven's YouTube channel a day after the single was released with the video being directed by William "Wombat Fire" Felch.[7][4] In an interview with Billboard, Chad Gray stated that he hopes that Phil Collins loves the band's cover of the track.[8]


Chart (2016) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 10[9]
U.S. Billboard Rock Airplay 32[9]

Other cover versions[edit]

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 in the mission Father/Son.


  1. ^ "3. 'I Don't Care Anymore' | Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Phil Collins Songs". Rolling Stone. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  2. ^ "BIOGRAPHY: Phil Collins Lifetime". Lifetimetv.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  3. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon. "Hear Hellyeah Cover Phil Collins With Lost Dimebag Darrell Guitar Performance". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "HELLYEAH Releases Video For Cover Of PHIL COLLINS's 'I Don't Care Anymore'". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  5. ^ Hartmann, Graham. "Hellyeah Release Cover of Phil Collins' 'I Don't Care Anymore' Featuring Dimebag Darrell Recordings". Loudwire. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Hellyeah Use Lost Dimebag Darrell Guitar Solo on New Phil Collins Cover". Guitar World. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  7. ^ Kielty, Martin. "Hellyeah release video for track featuring Dimebag". TeamRock. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  8. ^ Titus, Christa. "Chad Gray: 'I Hope Phil Collins Loves' Hellyeah's Cover of 'I Don't Care Anymore'". Billboard. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Hellyeah Chart History". Billboard.
  10. ^ "My So-Called Life - From Zero - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.