Shortcut to Somewhere

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"Shortcut To Somewhere"
Single by Tony Banks and Fish
from the album Soundtracks
B-side "Smilin' Jack Casey"
Released September 1986 (UK)
Format vinyl record (7", 12")
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop music
Length 3:35 (a-side)
Label Virgin Records
Atlantic Records (US & Canada)
Producer(s) Richard James Burgess,
Engineered by Andy Jackson
Tony Banks chronology
"You Call This Victory"
"Shortcut to Somewhere"
Fish chronology
"Shortcut to Somewhere"
"State of Mind"

Shortcut to Somewhere was the second single released from Genesis keyboard player Tony Banks's 1986 album Soundtracks. The A-side, which had been part of the soundtrack for the film Quicksilver, featured Fish on vocals, his only commercial recording outside Marillion before his departure from the band in late 1988. Fish also wrote the lyrics for the title track, a fast, keyboard-based pop song similar to the Genesis material of this period, with a typical 1980s production. A section of the song was performed live by Genesis as part of a solo career medley on the 1988 Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert. It is the only Tony Banks solo song to have been played live by the band.


The cover features a photograph of Tony Banks and Fish each wearing a T-shirt of the other's band: Fish has an Abacab T-shirt, while Banks has a black Marillion T-shirt.


The video for the single is a faux vintage, partially black-and-white clip showing Fish and Banks riding old-fashioned bicycles in old-fashioned costumes. The clip is included on the DVD version of Fish's 2002 compilation album, Kettle of Fish, but not found on the CD.[1]

Track listings[edit]

Source: Genesis discography[2]

7" Single[edit]

  1. Shortcut to Somewhere (Banks/Dick) – 3:35
  2. Smilin' Jack Casey (Banks)

12" Single[edit]

Side 1:

  1. Shortcut to Somewhere (Banks/Dick)

Side 2:

  1. Smilin' Jack Casey (Banks)
  2. K2

External links[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Genesis discography