Invisible Touch (song)

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Invisible Touch (English for: " that certain something ") is a song by the British rock band Genesis from 1986 and the first track and the first single on the album of the same name . The song was written and composed by Tony Banks , Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford and is one of the band's most successful songs. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it stayed in the charts for twelve weeks - the only song in the group to date . Invisible Touch has been sold more than six million times there alone. The song reached number four in Canada and number 15 in the UK.


The Linn LM-1 drum machine Phil Collins used in the song

The song was created during a jam session for the second part of the album track Domino / The Last Domino . Mike Rutherford played the riff there, while Phil Collins improvised the line She seems to have an invisible touch (German roughly: "She seems to have that certain something"). The Last Domino is also the B-side of the single.

The song is a catchy pop song where the verses and chorus are simply repeated. The song tells the story of a woman who has that certain something and who can easily take control of emotions. The simple structure of the lyrics and music compared to older Genesis songs disappointed many fans.

Live versions

A live version of the piece appeared 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 .

The piece was played during various tours of the band, such as the Invisible Touch , the We Can't Dance , the Calling All Stations (with Ray Wilson as the singer) and the Turn-It-On-Again- Played tour. During the last tour, fireworks were set off at the end of the song. The live version of the We Can't Dance tour was released as a single and reached number 7 on the UK charts.

Cover versions

  • 2002: Unsung Zeros
  • 2005: The Tabledancers


  1. ^ Billboard . Retrieved April 12, 2009.
  2. ^ A century of American popular music, by David A. Jansen . Retrieved April 13, 2009.
  3. Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of Rock, by Scott Schinder . Retrieved April 13, 2009.
  4. ^ The complete book of the British Charts . Retrieved April 13, 2009.

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