In Too Deep (Genesis song)

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"In Too Deep"
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Single by Genesis
from the album Invisible Touch
  • "Do the Neurotic" (UK)
  • "I'd Rather Be You" (US)
Released18 August 1986 (UK)
18 January 1987 (U.S.)
RecordedThe Farm, Surrey; January 1986
Genre Soft rock
Length4:58 (Album Version)
4:39 (U.K. edited version)
Lyrics - Phil Collins
Music - Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Genesis singles chronology
"Invisible Touch"
"In Too Deep"
"Land of Confusion"
Music video
"In Too Deep" on YouTube
"In Too Deep" on YouTube

"In Too Deep" is the fourth track on the 1986 Genesis album Invisible Touch . It was released as the second single from the LP in the UK and the fifth single in the US. The single was a success in America during the summer of 1987; it reached the No.3 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the No.1 spot on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was only performed live during the 1986 North American legs during the Genesis 1986/1987 Invisible Touch world tour. An October 1986 performance of the song was included on the 1992 live album The Shorts .


"In Too Deep" is featured in the 2000 American crime/thriller American Psycho , as well as in the 1986 British neo-noir film Mona Lisa ; for the latter the song won the "Most Performed Song from a Film" award at the BMI Film & TV Awards in 1988. [1]


The lyric was written by Phil Collins after he was approached to write a song for the soundtrack of the movie Mona Lisa. The music is credited to the entire band in common with all the tracks on Invisible Touch.



Weekly charts

Chart (1986–1987)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [2] 17
Canada Top Singles ( RPM ) [3] 15
Canada Adult Contemporary ( RPM ) [4] 2
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) [5] 30
Ireland (IRMA) [6] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [7] 30
UK Singles (OCC) [8] 19
US Billboard Hot 100 [9] 3
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [10] 1
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [11] 25
West Germany (Official German Charts) [12] 55

Year-end charts

Chart (1987)Position
US Billboard Hot 100 [13] 47

Music video

The music video for the song features the three band members playing on a minimalist set composed of steps and platforms. Tony Banks plays a grand piano, although the recording itself is mainly electric, while Mike Rutherford mime acoustic guitar and Phil Collins vocals and drums.


The song features in the movie Mona Lisa during a sequence in which Bob Hoskins's character investigates the sex establishments of Soho.

In the 2000 American psychological thriller film American Psycho , Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) describes the song as "the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. The lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock." [14] [15]

The song was included on the Genesis setlist concert only during the 1986 American gigs of the Invisible Touch Tour, which began in Detroit, Michigan on 18 September 1986.

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