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Genesis - No Son of Mine (Promo Videos from 1991 1991)

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"No Son of Mine"
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Single by Genesis
from the album We Can't Dance
B-side"Living Forever"
Released21 October 1991
FormatCD maxi, 7" single, 12" maxi,
RecordedThe Farm, Surrey, 1991
LabelAtlantic, Virgin
Writer(s)Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Producer(s)Genesis, Nick Davis, Robert Colby
Genesis singles chronology

"No Son of Mine" is a song by British rock group Genesis, released as the lead single from their 1991 album, We Can't Dance. It reached No. 6 on the UK singles chart and No. 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was a top ten hit in several European countries.


  • 1 Lyrics and music
  • 2 Live performances
  • 3 Track listings
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 Charts
    • 5.1 Peak positions
    • 5.2 End of year charts
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Lyrics and music

The song's lyrics tell the story of a boy who runs away from his abusive home, and—after some reconsideration—attempts to return, only to be rebuked by his father. In interviews, Phil Collins has said that the lyrics are deliberately vague as to whether the narrator or his mother is the victim of the abuse.

The video for this song is particularly melancholic, illustrating the scene in sepia tone. The video depicts what is discussed in the song, a conversation between a son and his father. During the last chorus snow flakes begin appearing flying around the house; eventually, at the end, the scene pulls out to reveal the entire confrontation scenes take place in a snow globe that the son is holding.

The song has a distinctive sound heard during the intro and before the second verse. Referred to by the band as "elephantus," the sound was created by Tony Banks recording Mike Rutherford's guitar with a sampler and then playing three notes on the bottom register of the keyboard, greatly lowering the pitch. The working title of "No Son of Mine" was "Elephantus".[1] The sound is also featured in the opening of the "I Can't Dance" single B-side "On the Shoreline". A similar sound is heard in former Genesis member Peter Gabriel's song "I Grieve", which was released a decade after this single.

The radio edit fades out the song's extended outro a minute in advance and deleted part of the second chorus. The music video makes use of the complete album version.

The single included the eighth track from We Can't Dance, "Living Forever", as the B-side.

Live performances

The song was played live during the The Way We Walk,[2] Calling All Stations (with Ray Wilson on vocals),[3] and Turn It On Again[4] tours.

A live version appears on their albums The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts, and Live Over Europe 2007, as well as on their DVD's The Way We Walk - Live in Concert and When in Rome 2007.

Former one-time lead singer Ray Wilson (who had replaced Phil Collins) continued to cover the song on his solo live albums after his departure from Genesis.


  • Phil Collins – drums, lead & backing vocals
  • Tony Banks – keyboards
  • Mike Rutherford – lead & bass guitar


  1. ^ Collins, Phil; Banks, Tony; Rutherford, Mike; Gabriel, Peter; Hackett, Steve (2007). Genesis: Chapter & Verse. Macmillan. p. 331. ISBN 0-312-37956-0. 
  2. ^ The Way We Walk Tour Songs & Dates
  3. ^ Calling All Stations Tour Songs & Dates
  4. ^ Turn it on again Tour Songs & Dates
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "No Son of Mine", in various singles charts . Retrieved 10 April 2008.
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  10. ^ German Singles Chart . Retrieved 10 April 2008. Archived 17 June 2009 at WebCite
  11. ^ Irish Single Chart . Retrieved 10 April 2008. Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite
  12. ^ UK Singles Chart . Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  13. ^ a b c Billboard . Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  14. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1992". Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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