Turn It On Again

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"Turn It On Again"
Single by Genesis
from the album Duke
B-side"Behind the Lines" (Edit)
Released8 March 1980 (UK)
August 1980 (USA)
Format7", 12"
RecordedOctober-December 1979
GenreProgressive rock[1]
Length3:50 (album version)
3:44 (UK single remix)
3:27 (US single remix edit)
LabelCharisma Records
Atlantic (US & Canada)
Writer(s)Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Producer(s)Genesis, David Hentschel
Genesis singles chronology
"Many Too Many"
(1978)
"Turn It On Again"
(1980)
"Duchess"
(1980)
Duke track listing
"Heathaze"
(6)
"Turn It On Again"
(7)
"Alone Tonight"
(8)
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This article is about the Genesis song. For the Ronan Keating album, see Turn It On.
"Turn It On Again"
Single by Genesis
from the album Duke
B-side"Behind the Lines" (Edit)
Released8 March 1980 (UK)
August 1980 (USA)
Format7", 12"
RecordedOctober-December 1979
GenreProgressive rock[1]
Length3:50 (album version)
3:44 (UK single remix)
3:27 (US single remix edit)
LabelCharisma Records
Atlantic (US & Canada)
Writer(s)Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Producer(s)Genesis, David Hentschel
Genesis singles chronology
"Many Too Many"
(1978)
"Turn It On Again"
(1980)
"Duchess"
(1980)
Duke track listing
"Heathaze"
(6)
"Turn It On Again"
(7)
"Alone Tonight"
(8)
Music sample
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"Turn It On Again" is a single from the British progressive rock band Genesis, from their 1980 album Duke. It reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The lyrics, written by Mike Rutherford,[3] deal with a man who does nothing more than watch his television, so much that he becomes obsessed with the people he watches on it, believing them to be his friends.

The song is also characterised by a rhythmic structure uncharacteristically complex for pop music, with verse/chorus sections in alternating time signatures, 6/4 to 7/4 (13/4), while the intro and bridge sections are in 4/4 and 5/4 (9/4). The song was originally much slower, written mostly by Mike Rutherford, with help from Phil Collins. He explains in the Songbook DVD "I had this riff," (plays "Turn It On Again" riff on guitar) "but at the time I was playing it like this," (plays slower) "and Phil said 'why don't you try it in a faster speed' and then he said to me 'do you realize it is in 13' and I said 'What do you mean it's in 13? It's in 4/4 isn't it?' 'No, it's 13'" Collins confirms "You can't dance to it. You see people trying to dance to it every now and again, they get on the off beat but they don't know why!"

"Turn It On Again" has been a favourite in Genesis's live shows. Consequently, the group's 1999 compilation album Turn It On Again: The Hits was named after it, as was the band's 2007 Turn It On Again: The Tour reunion Tour.

The song was used like jingle by UEFA for his TV intros in the early 1980s [1] The song was also featured on the soundtrack for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs
  2. ^ Genesis UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  3. ^ Prasad, Anil. "Genesis: Turning it on again". Innerviews. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 

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