Tonight, Tonight, Tonight

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"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"
Single by Genesis
from the album Invisible Touch
Released 23 March 1987
Format 7", 12"
Recorded The Farm, Surrey; 1985
Genre Progressive rock, soft rock, new wave
Length 8:50 (album version)
4:32 (7" version)
11:46 (12" mix)
4:28 (new edit – 1999)
Label Atlantic (US)
Virgin (UK) – GENS 4
Writer(s) Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Producer(s) Genesis, Hugh Padgham
Genesis singles chronology
"In Too Deep"
"Tonight Tonight Tonight"
"No Son of Mine"
Invisible Touch track listing
"Invisible Touch"
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"
"Land of Confusion"

"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" is the second track on the 1986 album Invisible Touch by Genesis. It peaked at number three in the US and number 18 in the UK[1] as the fourth single from the album. The working title was "Monkey, Zulu".

The single included an edited version of the song (at 4:32) and the first part of "Domino" ("In The Glow of the Night") as the B-side. A new edit of the single version was released on the 1999 compilation Turn It On Again: The Hits (as well as its "sequel" The Tour Edition) and later on The Platinum Collection. This revised edit features a different cross fade and different edit points as compared to the original 1987 edit version. Some singles that included the full version of the song included the second part of "Domino" ("The Last Domino") as the B-side. Other releases contained the rare track "Paperlate" and a 12" remix of "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight". The full live version from the Live at Wembley Stadium video was included as a B-side on the "Tell Me Why" CD single.

The song was performed in concerts in support of Invisible Touch between 1986 and 1988. A shorter version (which segued into "Invisible Touch") was played on the We Can't Dance and Turn It On Again tours, albeit transposed down a key to account for the deepening of Phil Collins' voice over the years.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song has an atmosphere reminiscent of the film Blade Runner, which was purportedly a source of inspiration for the video. It was shot in the Bradbury Building as was Blade Runner and many other music videos and sci-fi productions.[citation needed]

Pop culture uses[edit]

  • "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" was featured in a 1980s advertising campaign for Michelob beer.
  • The song was featured – almost at length – in the Magnum, P.I. episode "Laura," guest starring Frank Sinatra (who had also appeared in Michelob commercials).

Track listing[edit]

7": Virgin / GENS 4 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" (Edit) – 4:32
  2. "In The Glow of the Night" (Part One)

12": Virgin / GENSG 4–12 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" (Edit) – 4:32
  2. "In The Glow of the Night" (Part One)
  3. "Tonight Tonight Tonight" (12" Potoker remix)
  • gatefold sleeve

12": Virgin / GENS 4–12 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" (Edit) – 4:32
  2. "In The Glow of the Night" (Part One)
  3. "Paperlate"
  4. "Tonight Tonight Tonight" (12" Potoker remix)

CD: Virgin / CDEP1 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" (Edit) – 4:32
  2. "In The Glow Of The Night" (Part One)
  3. "Invisible Touch" (extended remix)
  4. "Tonight Tonight Tonight" (12" Potoker remix)


  1. ^ Genesis UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2012.

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