Misunderstanding (Genesis)

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"Misunderstanding" is a song by British band Genesis, released on their 1980 album Duke. It reached number 14 in the US and number 42 in the UK.

Although not a part of the "Duke Suite" which included album tracks "Behind the Lines," "Duchess," "Guide Vocal," "Turn It On Again," "Duke's Travels," and "Duke's End," "Misunderstanding" became famous in its own right, gaining FM airplay upon release and strengthening Genesis' commercial standing. Originally written by Phil Collins during the production of his debut solo album Face Value, the song ended up being donated (along with "Please Don't Ask") for Duke.

The song's main riff is identical, even in the same key, to the chorus of the song "Hot Fun in the Summertime" by Sly and the Family Stone and also bears a similarity (both musically & lyrically) to "Fool in the Rain" by Led Zeppelin. Also, Phil Collins claims that the song shares musical and rhythmic similarities with The Beach Boys song "Sail On, Sailor", Toto's "Hold the Line" and Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way" (as mentioned on the DVD that comes with the 2007 re-issue of Duke and an episode of the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted one episode to the...


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