Throwing It All Away
|"Throwing It All Away"|
|Single by Genesis|
|from the album Invisible Touch|
|B-side||"I'd Rather Be You"|
|Released||8 August 1986|
|Format||US: 7", UK: 7", 12"|
|Recorded||The Farm, Surrey; 1985– 1986|
|Genre||Pop rock, soft rock|
|Label||Virgin – UK GENS 5
Atlantic – US 89372
|Writer(s)||Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford|
|Producer(s)||Genesis, Hugh Padgham|
|Genesis singles chronology|
"Throwing It All Away" is the seventh track on the 1986 album Invisible Touch by Genesis. It was issued as the second single from the album in 1986, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 22 in Britain, where it was released as the last single of the album in 1987. In the US, it also went to number one on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in October 1986 and the Album Rock Tracks chart in August 1986. The working title was "Zephyr and Zeppo".
The song is a soft rock ballad structured around a guitar riff by Mike Rutherford, who also wrote the lyrics. The US single included the instrumental "Do the Neurotic" as the B-side, while the UK edition featured the track "I'd Rather Be You".
The CD version of the Invisible Touch album incorrectly lists the running time as 4:41; correct time is 3:51.
"Throwing It All Away" was performed live during the Invisible Touch, The Way We Walk, Calling All Stations and Turn It On Again tours; aside from the 1986 leg of the Invisible Touch tour, the song was transposed to a lower key to accommodate Collins' deepening voice.
A music video for the song was composed of soundcheck footage and shots of the band travelling whilst on their Invisible Touch tour of North America, much of which was filmed by Phil Collins on his 1985 Sony Handycam. It is currently featured on their DVD The Video Show.
In Billboard magazine's Critics' Choice at the end of 1986, Kim Freeman chose the song as number seven in his top ten countdown, describing it as "a rare ballad that isn't too sappy to enjoy". In his assessment of the song for AllMusic, François Couture claimed: "This love song featured heartfelt vocals, a simple piano accompaniment, and Mike Rutherford's trademark rhythm guitar, plus a very catchy chorus. Nothing striking, but all the elements came together nicely and adult contemporary radio stations played it extensively."
7": Virgin / GENS 5 (UK)
- "Throwing It All Away" – 3:41
- "I'd Rather Be You" – 3:57
7": Atlantic / 7-89372 (US)
- "Throwing It All Away" – 3:41
- "Do The Neurotic" (Edit) – 5:21
12": Virgin / GENS 5–12 (UK)
- "Throwing It All Away" (live)
- "I'd Rather Be You"
- "Invisible Touch" (live)
- Also released on MC (GENSC5)
- Live tracks recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, 1986
|United States||August 1986|
|United Kingdom||June 1987|
- Billboard.com archive (link)
- Genesis UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- Prasad, Anil (2007). "Genesis: Turning it on again". Innerviews. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Invisible Tour Songs & Dates
- The Way We Walk Tour Songs & Dates
- Turn it on again Tour Songs & Dates
- Billboard. December 27, 1986.
- "Song Review by François Couture". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
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