Monday, July 4, 2016

"That's All" by Genesis

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1708
Date:  11/26/1983
Debut:  63
Peak:  6
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Genesis' self-titled album got off to a shaky start when the lead single "Mama" failed to connect at Pop (#73). It did well at Rock radio getting to #5, but it really wasn't enough to push the album into the platinum territory established by their previous two efforts. Luckily, this second single turned things around. It steadily climbed the Pop chart and eventually became the band's first Pop Top 10 hit. It was also highly successful at Rock reaching #2 and it became their first to get on the AC chart where it topped out at #7. The hit pushed the album to #9 and over time it would end up being a 4x platinum seller.

ReduxReview:  Although Genesis had flirted with more commercial leaning material (and Collins more so on his two solo albums to-date), this was their first real pop song and it was a solid one. The tune is very well written and catchy as hell. It subtly bops along in a way that could draw in listeners across a lot of demographics. I don't think the hardcore, prog rock era Genesis fans were too thrilled with it, but the band had certainly struck gold with there new direction.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Ringo Starr was a big influence on drummer/lead singer Phil Collins, as were the Beatles in general, and this song is a bit of an homage to both. Collins wanted to write a simple song with a solid melody that reflected the work of the Beatles. With his bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, the song was completed. To round it out, Collins attempted to play the drums in the style of Ringo Starr.


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