Misunderstanding (Genesis song)

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Single by Genesis
from the album Duke
B-side Evidence of Autumn (UK)
Behind the Lines (U.S.A.)
Open Door (Germany)
Duchess (Netherlands)
Released 10 May 1980 (U.S.)
5 September 1980 (UK)
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop rock, soft rock, blues rock
Length 3:11 (album version)
3:04 (single version/video - sped up)
Label Charisma/Virgin (UK)
Atlantic (US)
Writer(s) Phil Collins
Producer(s) David Hentschel and Genesis
Genesis singles chronology
Duke track listing
"Man of Our Times"
Music sample

"Misunderstanding" is a song by English rock band Genesis, released on their 1980 album Duke. It reached number 14 in the US and number 42 in the UK.[1] It was by far the most popular in Canada, where it reached number one and is ranked as the seventh biggest Canadian hit of 1980.


Originally written by Phil Collins during the production of his debut solo album Face Value, the song ended up being donated (along with "Please Don't Ask") for Duke. The song was based on (according to Phil on an interview with Redbeard on In the Studio) The Beach Boys' "Sail on Sailor" and Toto's "Hold the Line".

Music video[edit]

A music video, directed by Stuart Orme, was made for the song, featuring Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford playing their instruments on the back of a truck, with a bearded Phil Collins driving a 1950s model Ford convertible making stops at various locations around Los Angeles (the Capitol Records Tower can be seen in the background and street signs for Hollywood Boulevard are present) looking for his girlfriend (played by Max Factor spokesperson Linda Kendall).[2] The song was played a half-step higher in the video (and on the single) compared to its appearance on the actual album (the actual recording was presented in the key of D Sharp Minor).

Two different cuts of the video exist: One version featured alternate shots of Phil, as well as alternate shots of his "girlfriend" peppered throughout (including a shot of her at Griffith Park Observatory).[3] This version was not used on any of the Genesis Music Video collections. Filming took place on location in Los Angeles from 24–27 May 1980 during concerts for the band's Duke Tour there. Further evidence of the filming dates for the video are the billboards seen throughout, advertising The Hollywood Knights and The Nude Bomb, both films released in May 1980.

Tour information[edit]

The song was featured on the US leg of the Duke Tour of 1980, and was also featured on tours to promote future albums Abacab and Genesis. Despite its commercial success, it was dropped from the setlists of all the later tours. However a verse was sung sometimes in the We Can't Dance Tour's "Old Medley." Phil Collins also played the song in its entirety with a horn section in America during his First Final Farewell Tour in 2004.[citation needed]


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