That's All (Genesis song)

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"That's All"
Single by Genesis
from the album Genesis
B-side "Taking It All Too Hard" (UK)
"Second Home by the Sea" (USA)
Released 31 October 1983
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1983
Genre Rock
Length 4:23
Label Atlantic, Virgin, Vertigo
Writer(s) Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford
Producer(s) Genesis, Hugh Padgham
Genesis singles chronology
"Mama"
(1983)
"That's All"
(1983)
"Illegal Alien"
(1984)
'Genesis' track listing
"Mama"
(1)
"That's All"
(2)
"Home by the Sea"
(3)

"That's All" is a song by Genesis. The song, a group composition with lyrics written by lead singer/drummer Phil Collins,[citation needed] appears as the second track on their 1983 album Genesis, and was its second single after "Mama".

The US single, which went to number six in early 1984 (making it their first US top-10 hit), included "Second Home by the Sea" as the B-side. The UK single featured "Taking It All Too Hard" as the flipside, and went to number 16. Another single version included a live version of "Firth of Fifth" from 1981.

The song is included in Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

The song was intended as an attempt to write a simple pop song with a melody in the style of The Beatles. Phil Collins acknowledged in a subsequent interview that the song also features one of his attempts at a "Ringo Starr drum part".[2]

The song begins with Tony Banks playing the main riff of the song on a Yamaha CP-70 Electric Grand Piano. The other keyboards used on this song are a Sequential Circuits Prophet-10 for organ pads and a Synclavier II for the organ solo in the middle section. The coda lapses into a somewhat dischordant guitar solo played by Mike Rutherford, as the drum beat intensifies, before the song fades away.

Music video[edit]

The video depicts the band as homeless men playing cards and keeping warm at an open fire. It was the first time Genesis used director Jim Yukich (Phil's former director) for one of their promos.

Live performances[edit]

The song was played live during the Mama,[3] Invisible Touch,[4] The Way We Walk,[5] and Calling All Stations (with Ray Wilson on vocals)[6] Tours. The song was played only during the first few shows of the Calling All Stations tour, before it was completely dropped.[7]

A live version appears on their albums The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts, and their DVD Genesis Live at Wembley Stadium, as well as their home video The Mama Tour;

The first verse of the song is also part of the "Old Medley" featured on The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs and The Way We Walk - Live in Concert.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[8] 6
UK Singles Chart[9] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 6
Chart (1984) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[11] 19
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 15

Other versions[edit]

Keane performed a live version of the song as a tribute to Genesis at the VH1 Rock Honors in 2007.

Canadian country music group Doc Walker covered the song on their 2008 album Beautiful Life.[13] It was released as the second single from the project and peaked at No. 68 on the Canadian Hot 100.[14]

Canadian indie rock band Zeus covered the song on their 2009 debut EP Sounds Like Zeus.

Clare & the Reasons covered the song on their second album, Arrow, released in 2009.

American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips performed the song during '80s week on the eleventh season.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pollock, Bruce (2005). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415970730. 
  2. ^ HITMEN, 1986 Part Two, Hitmen, 1986. reprinted at Collins's website in 2009; archived copy at archive.org.
  3. ^ Mama Tour Songs & Dates
  4. ^ Invisible Tour Songs & Dates
  5. ^ The Way We Walk Tour Songs & Dates
  6. ^ Calling All Stations Tour Songs & Dates
  7. ^ Calling All Stations Tour Bootleg info (with set lists)
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts search results for Genesis". Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "everyhit.com search results for Genesis". Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Allmusic – Genesis – Billboard singles". Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "austriancharts.at". Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  12. ^ "hitparade.ch". Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  13. ^ Beautiful Life
  14. ^ Doc Walker Chart History

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