In Too Deep (Genesis song)

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"In Too Deep"
Single by Genesis
from the album Invisible Touch
B-side "Do the Neurotic"
Released 23 August 1986 (UK)
18 January 1987 (U.S.)
Format U.S.: 7", UK: 7", 12"
Recorded The Farm, Surrey; 1985–1986
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:58
Lyrics - Phil Collins
Music - Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Genesis singles chronology
"Land of Confusion"
"In Too Deep"
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"
Invisible Touch track listing
"Land of Confusion"
"In Too Deep"
"Anything She Does"

"In Too Deep" is the fourth track on the 1986 Genesis album Invisible Touch. It was released as the second single from the LP in the UK and the fifth single in the U.S. The single was a huge success in America during the summer of 1987; it reached the number three spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the number one spot on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song is only performed live during the 1986 North American legs during the Genesis 1986/1987 Invisible Touch world tour. A 1987 performance of the song was included on the 1992 live album The Shorts.

"In Too Deep" is featured in the 2000 American crime/thriller American Psycho, as well as in the 1986 British neo-noir film Mona Lisa; for the latter the song won the "Most Performed Song from a Film" award at the BMI Film & TV Awards in 1988.[1]


The lyric was written by Phil Collins after he was approached to write a song for the soundtrack of the movie Mona Lisa. The music is credited to the entire band in common with all the tracks on Invisible Touch.


The song went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-1987, and number 19 on the British pop chart.[2] "In Too Deep" also spent three weeks atop the American adult contemporary chart, also in mid-1987.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song features the three band members playing on a minimalist set composed of steps and platforms. Tony Banks plays a grand piano, although the recording itself is mainly electric, while Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins mime acoustic guitar and vocals, respectively.


The song features in the movie Mona Lisa during a sequence in which Bob Hoskins's character investigates the sex establishments of Soho.

In the 2000 American psychological thriller film American Psycho, Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) describes the song as "the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. The lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock."[4][5]

The song was included on the Genesis setlist concert only during the 1986 American gigs of the Invisible Touch Tour, which began in Detroit, Michigan on 18 September, 1986.



  1. ^ "Collins, Phil 1951–". Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television (2005). Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 317. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 101. 
  4. ^ "American Psycho musical and Phil Collins's perfectly vacuous music". The Guardian. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "American Psycho Quotes". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

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Preceded by
"Always" by Atlantic Starr
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
13 June 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston