Turn It On Again

Album: Duke (1980)
Charted: 8 58
  • All I need is a TV show, that and the radio
    Down on my luck again, down on my luck again
    I can show you, I can show you some of the people in my life
    I can show you, I can show you some of the people in my life
    It's driving me mad just another way of passing the day
    I, I get so lonely when she's not there
    I, I, I, I

    You're just another face that I know from the TV show
    I have known you for so very long, I feel you like a friend
    Can't you do anything for me, can I touch you for a while
    Can I meet you another day and we will fly away

    I can show you, I can show you some of the people in my life
    I can show you, I can show you some of the people in my life
    It's driving me mad, it's just another way of passing the day
    I, I get so lonely when she's not there
    I, I, I, I

    Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again
    Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again (I can see another face)
    Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again (I can see another face)
    Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again (I can see another face)
    Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again (I can see another face)
    Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again (I can see another face)
    Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again (I can see another face) Writer/s: MICHAEL RUTHERFORD, PHIL COLLINS, TONY BANKS
    Publisher: CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Laz from LondonMany bands and musicians have been accused of ‘selling out’ and I believe in most cases this is justified. However, I think we just have to be realistic and accept that especially when the glory days of the seventies was over, these guys had to carry on earning a living somehow and earn money for all the managers and hangers on around them. Sadly Genesis is no exception and I’m afraid that’s the way of this world which I utterly dislike but c‘est la vie. I have to say, I’m still quite keen on this song because it does retain at least a semblance of their old prog-rock style with its rather ‘unpoppy’ and unpredictable chords and complicated rhythmic structure (and by the way I would say that it is definitely better to think of the first section of the tune to be in alternate 6/4 and 7/4 time signatures rather than a continuous 13/8, for you musos out there). I think this was the last output of the band in the old ‘propper’ Genesis style. Shame, but never mind.
  • Luke from Manchester, UkPete from Leeds, Graham Bond was the first to record a Mellotron in 1965.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenInteresting about them using a drum machine. It never sounded like one to me.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1980 {September 12th} Genesis performed "Turn It On Again" on the NBC-TV late-night musical variety program, 'The Midnight Special'...
    The week before it entered Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #84, four weeks later it would peak at #58 {for 1 week} and it spent eight weeks on the Top 100...
    As noted above, it reached #8 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    And on the same 'MS' show they also performed "Misunderstanding", four weeks earlier it had peaked at #14 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the Top 100 for eighteen weeks...
    Between 1980 and 1992 the Godalming, Surrey, England group had twenty two records on the Top 100 chart, seven made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Invisible Touch", for 1 week in 1986...
    They never had a record peak at #2, but did they did have two reached #3, "In Too Deep" {1986} and "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" {1987}...
  • Kayla from EnglandI know the meaning of the song, obviously but it has always reminded me of and will always remind me of my sweet boyfriend! Whenever I listen to the song (which is pretty much everyday) and I sing along I always say "I, I get so lonely when he's not there" because I DO get so lonely when my sweetie isn't with me! Thanks Genesis for such an AMAZING song, one of my favourite songs of all time! LOVE IT! <3
  • Laurie from Elmont, NyNah, I hate that song, "Turn It On Again" by Genesis because of that strange, awkward rhythm that doesn't appeal to me. Larry Santos's 1975 inspirational pop ballad, "Early In The Morning" which has the right rhythm that appeals to me might have been better than that song and here is the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcC1cLrh4ds
  • Steve from New York, NyThis was part of a 6 song suite, the story of Albert, about whom the song is written. See the song "Duchess" for more info.
  • Liz from Wilton, NhI always liked this song, so maybe I'll pick up 'Duke' after all. Great live song too.

    ... and play it for MY HUSBAND who does nothing but watch TV!

    The character watches so much TV, it replaces reality. (This was before 'reality TV')
    most of us realize that TV characters are played by actors, but this guy doesn't quite get it. He holds onto the fantasy of meeting them, while not being able to relate to actual people.
  • Joe from Atlanta, GaI always heard that Mike Rutherford wrote the lyrics. According to Mike, the lyrics deal with a man who does nothing more than watch his television, so much that he becomes obsessed with the people he watches on it, believing them to be his friends.
  • Mike from Nashville, TnWhile Chester Thompson ultimately became Genesis' touring drummer, he was not the first choice. Bill Bruford actually played with the band on their first tours once Collins assumed the lead singers role. He can be heard on some cuts on " Seconds Out".
  • Colin from Ayr, ScotlandRe: Alan Partridge - This character did not appear until 1991, so it is unlikely he could have been the inspiration for a song written in 1980!
  • Zach from Buffalo, NyWill no one mention that most of this song is in 13/4, subdivided in 4/4, 4/4, 5/4!?? Pretty unusual for a big hit!!!
  • Pete from Leeds, EnglandRob, Collins often uses a drum machine firstly because once he took on singing duties, he could sing and drum but it would become monotonous for the audience live. Genesis first recruited Chester thompson as a back up drummer for their live shows. genesis were always first to new instruments tho (Mike Rutherford was the first person to record using a Mellotron) and any drummer would be interested in Drum Machines. Collins then discovered that the Drum Machines could be used in completely different ways to normal drums and even overlay them as is used to incredible effect on In The Air Tonight. He was probably the first person to approach the technology in this way. Also Collins is more than just a competent Drummer, he is one of the greatest drummers alive following on from such greats as Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. He approaches it as an instrument rather than a way to make a rhythm.
  • Steve from Torrance, CaThe songfact above specifically states that a drum machine was used for the first time on a Genesis ALBUM, not this song. The only prominent appearance of a drum machine on the "Duke" album is on the long, slow intro to "Duchess", which adds to that song's magical atmosphere. Collins' drums and percussion are particularly magnificent on this album, especially on "Man of our Times" and "Duke's Travels/Duke's End".
  • Rob from Vancouver, CanadaWhy would a competent drummer like Collins use a drum machine?
  • David from West Palm Beach, FlAlso, the comment about them using a "drum machine" on this track is perposterous. Any drummer can easily hear the authenticity of the traditional drums laid down on this track. Sure, its got a funky beat (as did Keep It Dark), but that doesn't mean its programmed. Also, keep in mind that 1980's technology hadn't yet developed to the point where such an authentic simulation could have been made... the sound is too rich in harmonics to have been generated, so it would need to have been sampled, however the timing and signature of each drum and cymbal hit varies too much, so using that many unique samples would have been impractical and probably impossible with 1980's-style memory and processors. Give it a second listen.
  • Marc from Brooklyn, NyAlso, the US single did chart. It reached #58 on the Hot 100/Pop Singles chart. It's still a big classic rock hit today. Check your info.
  • Mark from London, EnglandTjh's comment about Alan Partridge is utter rubbish!

    This song first appeared on the 1980 album Duke, when Steve Coogan was 14.

    The character of Alan Partridge didn't appear till the 1990s.
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