Invisible Touch (song)

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"Invisible Touch"
Invisible Touch Single.jpg
Single by Genesis
from the album Invisible Touch
B-side "The Last Domino"
Released19 May 1986 (1986-05-19) [1]
RecordedJanuary 1986 at The Farm (Chiddingfold, Surrey, England)
Genre
Length
  • 3:27 (LP / 7" version)
  • 5:58 (12" version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Genesis singles chronology
"Taking It All Too Hard"
(1984)
"Invisible Touch"
(1986)
"In Too Deep"
(1986)
Music video
"Invisible Touch" on YouTube

"Invisible Touch" is the title track and first single from the 1986 album of the same name by the English rock band Genesis. The song is a group composition which featured lyrics written by drummer and singer Phil Collins. [2]

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It was their first and only No. 1 single in the United States; the song additionally spent three consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart during summer 1986 until it was surpassed by Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love". The song was the first of five consecutive U.S. top five singles from the album of the same name. [3] [4] It also reached No. 4 in Canada and No. 15 in the United Kingdom. [5] Its B-side is the second part of "Domino", titled "The Last Domino". (The album includes both parts of "Domino" combined together.)

Genesis members Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford have both spoken highly of the song in retrospect. Collins has called it his "favourite Genesis song" and Rutherford has called it "a wonderful song: upbeat, fun to play, always a strong moment in any gig". [2] As the band's only Billboard Hot 100 number one, the song is included in Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. [6] In 2017, ShortList's Dave Fawbert listed the song as containing "one of the greatest key changes in music history". [7]

History

"Invisible Touch" came about during a jam session, Rutherford playing a guitar riff while Collins improvised the line "She seems to have an invisible touch". Collins has said he heard the influence of Prince and Sheila E. in the drum machine and his lyrics were inspired by a few people he had known who had got under his skin. Despite liking the song himself, and despite the band's previous success, he has claimed he wasn't certain the song would be a hit. [2]

In summer 1986, "Invisible Touch" was succeeded in the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 by the multi-Grammy nominated "Sledgehammer", performed by Genesis' former lead singer, Peter Gabriel. Collins later jested about the occurrence in a 2014 interview, stating, "I read recently that Peter Gabriel knocked us off the No. 1 spot with "Sledgehammer". We weren't aware of that at the time. If we had been, we'd probably have sent him a telegram saying: 'Congratulations – bastard.'" [2]

The single also reached No. 1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Live versions

A live version of "Invisible Touch" appears on the albums The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts , and Live over Europe 2007 , as well as on the DVDs Genesis Live at Wembley Stadium , The Way We Walk – Live in Concert and When in Rome 2007 .

"Invisible Touch" was performed during the Invisible Touch , We Can't Dance , Calling All Stations (with Ray Wilson on vocals) and Turn It On Again tours. During the latter tour in 2007, the song was the main set finale featuring fireworks going off as the song ended.

Genesis also performed the song at Wembley Stadium for Live Earth. Collins's use of the word "fuck" in the song (which he had done since 1992) in front of millions of television viewers at 2pm resulted in an apology from British presenter Jonathan Ross, who vowed to give Collins a "talking to", though some questioned his sincerity. [8] Collins was one of several performers at the event whose offensive language caused the BBC to be censured by the media regulator Ofcom. [9]

The song has never been performed in its original key in concert. On initial tours, the song was tuned down a half-step to prevent strain on Collins' voice. On the 2006-2007 tours, the song was tuned down to an even lower key to accommodate his deepening voice. On his solo Not Dead Yet Tour , the song was tuned down even further yet.

Music Video

Genesis reunited with director, Jim Yukich to make the Invisible Touch music video in 1986. Yukich had previously worked with Genesis on the That's All music video in 1983. [10] The scene begins in a large auditorium with Collins, Rutherford and Banks goofing around with 8MM cameras, the video progresses to show the entire set with Collins using his own drumsticks for a microphone and the band fooling around with Yukich and the crew. [11]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [29] Silver200,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

Double-dagger-14-plain.png Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Personnel

Live single

"Invisible Touch (Live)"
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Single by Genesis
from the album The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts
B-side "Abacab" (live)"The Brazilian" (live)
Released9 November 1992
Genre Pop rock
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Producer(s) Nick Davis, Robert Colby, Genesis
Genesis singles chronology
"Jesus He Knows Me"
(1992)
"Invisible Touch (Live)"
(1992)
"Tell Me Why"
(1993)

In 1992, "Invisible Touch" was recorded live during Genesis's 1991–1992 We Can't Dance world tour and released on limited edition 7" and CD near the end of the tour. Both formats were numbered and came with a booklet; the CD was housed in a box and the vinyl edition in a gatefold sleeve.

The A-side is the same version found on the accompanying live album The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts. The B-sides "Abacab" and "The Brazilian" were culled from the filmed (and later released) Wembley Stadium gig from the 1987 Invisible Touch tour.

The 7" featured an edited version of "Abacab," while the CD included complete versions of both songs.

Like the albums The Shorts and The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs , and the home video The Way We Walk – Live in Concert, the title of the record was prefixed by "Genesis Live", with "(Live)" appearing as a suffix on the back sleeve and on the disc itself.

Unlike the original recording of the song, this live version was a Top 10 hit in the UK, reaching number seven. In one of the interview sections on the Way We Walk – Live in Concert DVD, Collins jokes about re-releasing the song until it finally becomes a hit. It became their final single to reach the UK Top 10.

Personnel

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