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Single by Genesis
from the album 3 X 3
B-side You Might Recall
Released 15 May 1982
Recorded May–June 1981
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:20
Label Charisma (UK)
Writer(s) Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Producer(s) Genesis
Genesis singles chronology
"Man on the Corner"
3 X 3 track listing
"You Might Recall"

"Paperlate" was the lead song from the second of two EPs by the British rock group Genesis. The EP, titled 3 X 3 (as it featured three tracks and the band comprised three musicians), peaked at No. 10 on the album charts in mid-1982. The success of the EP led to an appearance on Top of the Pops. In America, "Paperlate" was released as a standard single, backed by "You Might Recall." It was also featured on the American version of the band's Three Sides Live album, of which all three tracks from the 3 X 3 EP are included on Side Four.


The title came from a line in the 1973 Genesis song "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" ("Paper late, cried a voice in the crowd"), which Genesis rehearsed at a soundcheck, leading to the conception of the song. "Paperlate" is one of two Genesis songs that features the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section, the other being "No Reply at All", also from the Abacab sessions.[1] Collins has often used the group for other projects, including his debut solo album, Face Value.[2] A music video was also created, utilising the band's 27 May 1982 appearance on Top of the Pops.[3]


Dave Thompson of allmusic said that "Paperlate" was 3 X 3's selling point,[4] and describes the song as "a horn-honking romp with just the ghosts of '60s soul playing around its chorus and a buoyancy that fed readily into the mood of the U.K. charts of the day."[4]

Guillermo Vázquez Malagamba of "Prog Archives" says that the song has a lot of Phil Collins' influence, due to the horns of Earth, Wind & Fire.[5] He adds that "This song has very good drums and some "Prog-like" tempos."[5]

3 X 3's lead song was "Paperlate", and the EP debuted at No. 30 on the UK charts, peaking at No. 10 later on.[6] "Paperlate" became a Top 40 hit in the US, peaking at No. 32 on the US Billboard charts, and No. 2 on the US Mainstream Rock Charts.[7]


The cover artwork is a homage to the design of the Twist and Shout by The Beatles with similar typography and with the band jumping in the air.


  1. ^ "Genesis – 3 × 3 (7", EP) at Discogs". Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Classic Albums: Face Value VH-1, 1999
  3. ^ Genesis: The Video Show (DVD), 2005
  4. ^ a b "allmusic ((( 3 × 3 > Overview )))". Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "GENESIS 3 × 3 music review by Guillermo". Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats – Genesis – 3 × 3 (EP)". Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( Genesis > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 29 November 2008. 

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