Domino (Genesis song)

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Song by Genesis
from the album Invisible Touch
Released 1986
Recorded The Farm, Surrey; 1985 – 1986
Length 10:45
Label Atlantic (USA)
Virgin (UK)
Lyrics - Tony Banks
Music - Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Invisible Touch track listing
"Anything She Does"
"Throwing It All Away"

"Domino" is a song written by the band Genesis for their 1986 album Invisible Touch. The song was the sixth track on the album. The music was written by the band, while the lyrics were written by keyboardist Tony Banks.[1] The song is divided into two parts, "In the Glow of the Night" and "The Last Domino".

The song, though not released as a single, charted at number 29 on the Mainstream Rock Charts.

The B-side of the "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" single was the first half of this song, "In the Glow of the Night", while the B-side of "Invisible Touch" was the second part of the song, "The Last Domino".

During a clip titled "Tony talks about his inspiration" on the When in Rome 2007 DVD, Banks states that his inspiration for the song lyrics was the 1982 Lebanon War which was still being contested prior to the recording of Invisible Touch. He set the action on a hotel room in Beirut, minutes after bombs start to fall on the city.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 29

Live performances[edit]

Before the song was performed, Phil Collins would talk to the audience about the Domino Principle and demonstrate it by stating that something that might happen to the people in one section, might affect the people in another section (with the lights lighting up that section of the audience) multiple times.[2]

It was performed on the Invisible Touch,[3] The Way We Walk,[4] Calling All Stations[5] (with Ray Wilson on vocals) and Turn It On Again[6] tours.

A live version appears on their albums The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs, and Live Over Europe 2007 (simply titled "Domino") as well as corresponding DVDs Genesis Live at Wembley Stadium, The Way We Walk - Live in Concert and When in Rome 2007.

Critical reception[edit]

In 2014, Stevie Chick of The Guardian chose "Domino" as one of the ten best Genesis songs and the highlight of the Invisible Touch album, describing it as "a fusion of everything Genesis had ever been and now become: an 11-minute multi-part epic played with the minimal attack of 'Abacab', the haunting 'In the Glow of the Night' giving way to the anthemic synth-rock bombast of 'The Last Domino'".[7]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ When in Rome 2007 DVD
  2. ^ The Way We Walk - Live in Concert 2001 Speech before Domino is played.
  3. ^ Invisible Tour Songs & Dates
  4. ^ The Way We Walk Tour Songs & Dates
  5. ^ Calling All Stations Tour Songs & Dates
  6. ^ "European setlist". Retrieved on 5 September 2007.
  7. ^ Chick, Stevie (3 September 2014). "Genesis: 10 of the best". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 

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