Suvarna Garge (Editor)

Domino (Genesis song)

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Released  1986
Length  10:45
Genre  Progressive rock
Recorded  The Farm, Surrey; 1985 – 1986
Label  Atlantic (USA) Virgin (UK)
Writer(s)  Lyrics - Tony Banks Music - Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford

"Domino" is a song written by the band Genesis for their 1986 album Invisible Touch. The song was the sixth track on the album. The music was written by the band, while the lyrics were written by keyboardist Tony Banks. The song is divided into two parts, "In the Glow of the Night" and "The Last Domino".


The song, though not released as a single, charted at number 29 on the Mainstream Rock Charts.

The B-side of the "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" single was the first half of this song, "In the Glow of the Night", while the B-side of "Invisible Touch" was the second part of the song, "The Last Domino".

During a clip titled "Tony talks about his inspiration" on the When in Rome 2007 DVD, Banks states that his inspiration for the song lyrics was the 1982 Lebanon War which was still being contested prior to the recording of Invisible Touch. He set the action on a hotel room in Beirut, minutes after bombs start to fall on the city.

Live performances

Before the song was performed, Phil Collins would talk to the audience about the Domino Principle and demonstrate it by stating that something that might happen to the people in one section, might affect the people in another section (with the lights lighting up that section of the audience) multiple times.

It was performed on the Invisible Touch, The Way We Walk, Calling All Stations (with Ray Wilson on vocals) and Turn It On Again tours.

A live version appears on their albums The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs, and Live Over Europe 2007 (simply titled "Domino") as well as corresponding DVDs Genesis Live at Wembley Stadium, The Way We Walk - Live in Concert and When in Rome 2007.

Critical reception

In 2014, Stevie Chick of The Guardian chose "Domino" as one of the ten best Genesis songs and the highlight of the Invisible Touch album, describing it as "a fusion of everything Genesis had ever been and now become: an 11-minute multi-part epic played with the minimal attack of 'Abacab', the haunting 'In the Glow of the Night' giving way to the anthemic synth-rock bombast of 'The Last Domino'".


  • Tony Banks: keyboards, synth bass on "The Last Domino"
  • Phil Collins: vocals, drums, LinnDrum
  • Mike Rutherford: electric guitars, bass guitar on "In the Glow of the Night"
  • References

    Domino (Genesis song) Wikipedia