That's All (Genesis song)
|Single by Genesis|
|from the album Genesis|
|B-side||"Taking It All Too Hard" (UK)
"Second Home by the Sea" (U.S.)
|Released||3 October 1983|
|Label||Atlantic, Virgin, Vertigo|
|Songwriter(s)||Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford|
|Producer(s)||Genesis, Hugh Padgham|
|Genesis singles chronology|
|'Genesis' track listing|
The U.S. single reached No. 6 in early 1984, making it their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit; it included "Second Home by the Sea" as the B-side. The UK single featured "Taking It All Too Hard" as the flipside, and reached No. 16. Also released was a 12' single that included a live version of "Firth of Fifth" from 1981.
As the band's first break into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, the song is included in Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era.
Background and recording
The song was intended as an attempt to write a simple pop song with a melody in the style of The Beatles. Phil Collins acknowledged in a subsequent interview that the song also features one of his attempts at a "Ringo Starr drum part".
The song begins with Tony Banks playing the main riff of the song on a Yamaha CP-70 electric grand piano. The other keyboards used on this song are a Sequential Circuits Prophet-10 for organ pads and a Synclavier II for the organ solo in the middle section. The coda lapses into a somewhat dischordant guitar solo played by Mike Rutherford, as the drum beat intensifies, before the song fades away.
The video depicts the band as homeless men taking shelter outside a disused factory. They perform the song, eat soup, play cards, and keep warm around an open fire. It was the first time Genesis used director Jim Yukich (Collins's former director) for one of their promos.
The song was played live during the Mama, Invisible Touch, The Way We Walk, and Calling All Stations (with Ray Wilson on vocals) Tours. The song was played only during the first few shows of the Calling All Stations tour, before being discarded.
A live version appears on the albums The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts, and their DVD Genesis Live at Wembley Stadium, as well as their home video The Mama Tour. An instrumental jazz version of the song appears on the live album A Hot Night in Paris, by The Phil Collins Big Band.
- Keane performed a live version of the song as a tribute to Genesis at the VH1 Rock Honors in 2007.
- Canadian country music group Doc Walker covered the song on their 2008 album Beautiful Life. It was released as the second single from the project and peaked at No. 68 on the Canadian Hot 100.
- Canadian indie rock band Zeus covered the song on their 2009 debut EP Sounds Like Zeus.
- Clare & the Reasons covered the song on their second album, Arrow, released in 2009.
- American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips performed the song during '80s week on the eleventh season.
- English singer Julian Perretta released a cover of the song in March 2013, and a video in May.
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- HITMEN, 1986 Part Two, Hitmen, 1986. reprinted at Collins's website in 2009; archived copy at archive.org.
- Mama Tour Songs & Dates
- Invisible Tour Songs & Dates
- The Way We Walk Tour Songs & Dates
- Calling All Stations Tour Songs & Dates
- Calling All Stations Tour Bootleg info (with set lists)
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- Beautiful Life
- Doc Walker Chart History