In Too Deep (Genesis song)

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"In Too Deep"
Single by Genesis
from the album Invisible Touch
B-side "Do The Neurotic"
Released 23 August 1986 (UK)
18 January 1987 (USA)
Format US: 7", UK: 7", 12"
Recorded The Farm, Surrey; 1985–1986
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:58
Label Atlantic, Virgin
Writer(s) Phil Collins
Producer(s) Genesis, Hugh Padgham
Genesis singles chronology
"Land of Confusion"
"In Too Deep"
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"
Invisible Touch track listing
"Land of Confusion"
"In Too Deep"
"Anything She Does"

"In Too Deep" is the fourth track on the hit 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. A performance of the song was included on the 1992 live album The Shorts. The lyric of the song was written by singer Phil Collins after he was approached to write a song for the soundtrack of the movie Mona Lisa.

The song won the "Most Performed Song from a Film" award at the BMI Film & TV Awards in 1988.[1]


The song went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-1987, and number 19 on the British pop chart.[2] It was the band's last hit single until "No Son of Mine" in 1991. "In Too Deep" also spent three weeks atop the American adult contemporary chart, also in mid-1987.[3]

Music video[edit]

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 and Phil Collins mime acoustic guitar and vocals, respectively.

Kids Incorporated Version[edit]

A version of the song was covered on the kid oriented show, Kids Incorporated, with the lyrics changed to more of a friend's standpoint rather than a lover ("love" is replaced with "like"). Also, the singer (Rahsaan Patterson) is singing to another young male cast member, Richard Shoff.


In the 2000 American satirical psychological thriller black comedy 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."[4]

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


  1. ^ "Collins, Phil 1951–". Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television (2005). Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 317. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 101. 
  4. ^ "American Psycho Quotes". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

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Preceded by
"Always" by Atlantic Starr
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
13 June 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston