Category: Invisible touch

On this day in music history: June 9, 1986 – &…

On this day in music history: June 9, 1986 – “Invisible Touch”, the thirteenth studio album by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis and Hugh Padgham, it is recorded at The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, UK from October 1985 – March 1986. Coming three years after their last studio album, and released on the heels of Phil Collins’ massively successful “No Jacket Required”, it becomes the veteran progressive rock bands biggest selling album. Beginning the sessions in the Fall of 1985 at the band’s recording studio in Surrey, the majority of the songs are written in the studio, literally throwing ideas around and seeing what they come up with. Much of the album is more pop oriented and radio friendly than their previous efforts, and spins off five top five singles in the US including “Land Of Confusion” (#4 Pop), “In Too Deep” (#3 Pop), “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (#3 Pop), “Throwing It All Away” (#4 Pop), and the chart topping title track. The band also embarks on an extensive ten month long world tour in support of the album running from September 1986 until July 1987. A concert video from the “Invisible Tour” (“Genesis Live At Wembley Stadium”) is released in 1988 and re-released on DVD in 2003. The music video for “Land Of Confusion” featuring puppet caricatures of Genesis along with other celebrity caricatures designed by the British comedy series “Spitting Image”, win the band and directors John Lloyd & Jim Yukich a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video in 1988. In 2007, a two disc high resolution SACD and DVD set (super audio compact disc) featuring both stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the album is released. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2016. “Invisible Touch” spend four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 19, 1986 – …

On this day in music history: July 19, 1986 – “Invisible Touch” by Genesis hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, it is the biggest hit for the progressive rock band from Godalming, Surrey, UK. While his third solo album “No Jacket Required” is still riding high in the charts, Phil Collins re-joins his Genesis band mates keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford in the Fall of 1985 to begin work on the follow up to their previous album “Genesis”, released two years earlier. Recording at their studio The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, the idea for what will become “Invisible Touch”, evolves out of an in studio jam session while the band are working on the track “The Last Domino”. Rutherford begins playing the songs signature riff as Collins improvises the line “she seems to have an invisible touch”. Realizing they’re on to something, they begin crafting a song around those parts. The trio agree that it is a hit, deciding that it not only will it be the title track of their next album, but be released as its first single. Issued on May 19, 1986, “Invisible Touch” is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #45 on May 31, 1986, it climbs to the top of the chart seven weeks later. The week that “Invisible Touch” tops the US singles charts, Genesis’ former lead singer Peter Gabriel move up to number two on the Hot 100 with “Sledgehammer”. It marks the first time in Billboard chart history that a band and one of its former members have held down the top two positions on the Hot 100. Gabriel succeeds Genesis at the top of the chart the following week on July 26, 1986, giving him his highest charting single in the US as well. “Touch” is also released with an extended 12" version, remixed by John “Tokes” Potoker (also having previously remixed Collins’ “Sussudio” and Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”). In the UK, Virgin Records issues a limited edition 7" vinyl single of the song pressed on clear vinyl with custom labels, and packaged in a die cut fold out sleeve. “Invisible Touch” is the first of five consecutive top five singles to be released from the album, helping propel it to over 6x Platinum status in the US.

On this day in music history: June 9, 1986 – &…

On this day in music history: June 9, 1986 – “Invisible Touch”, the thirteenth studio album by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis and Hugh Padgham, it is recorded at The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, UK from October 1985 – March 1986. Coming three years after their last studio album, and released on the heels of Phil Collins’ massively successful “No Jacket Required”, it becomes the veteran progressive rock bands biggest selling album. Beginning the sessions in the Fall of 1985 at the band’s recording studio in Surrey, the majority of the songs are written in the studio, literally throwing ideas around and seeing what they come up with. Much of the album is more pop oriented and radio friendly than their previous efforts, and spins off five top five singles in the US including “Land Of Confusion” (#4 Pop), “In Too Deep” (#3 Pop), “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (#3 Pop), “Throwing It All Away” (#4 Pop), and the chart topping title track. The band also embarks on an extensive ten month long world tour in support of the album running from September 1986 until July 1987. A concert video from the “Invisible Tour” (“Genesis Live At Wembley Stadium”) is released in 1988 and re-released on DVD in 2003. The music video for “Land Of Confusion” featuring puppet caricatures of Genesis along with other celebrity caricatures designed by the British comedy series “Spitting Image”, win the band and directors John Lloyd & Jim Yukich a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video in 1988. In 2007, a two disc high resolution SACD and DVD set (super audio compact disc) featuring both stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the album is released. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2016. “Invisible Touch” spend four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.