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Invisible Touch by Genesis
Album: Invisible TouchReleased: 1986Charted:
Phil Collins wrote the lyrics, which are about a woman who holds power over the singer. He desires her even though he feels there is something bad about her.
Genesis had seventeen Top 40 hits in the US, but this was their only #1. They never had a #1 in England.
The Invisible Touch album marked Genesis' complete transformation from complex, theatrical music (starting when Peter Gabriel was lead singer) to condensed Pop songs. They lost some fans along the way, but gained many more.
This was featured in the movie American Psycho. A homicidal maniac named Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) gives a lecture to the man he is about to kill on how this album is their undisputed masterpiece. He kills him while "Hip To Be Square" by Huey Lewis & the News drowns out the sound of the murder.
In 1986, Genesis released a collection of their music videos called "Visible Touch."
Genesis' former lead singer, Peter Gabriel, had his first #1 hit, "Sledgehammer
," a few weeks before this went to #1.
When this song topped the Billboard Hot 100, it was the first instance in the history of the chart of a group following an individual band member to the summit. Prior to this song, Phil Collins had already notched the first four of his seven #1 solo singles.