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Genesis - Turn It On Again

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Published on Feb 21, 2010

"Turn It on Again" is a single from the British progressive rock band Genesis, from their 1980's album Duke.

The lyrics 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, while the intro and bridge sections are in 4/4 and 5/4.

"Turn It on Again", one of the band's most recognizable tunes, 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 project. The song was featured prominently during the 2007 tour, albeit transposed down a key to account for the deepening of Phil Collins's voice over the years.

"Turn It on Again" has been recently used as background music for a General Motors commercial. It is also used in the game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It was also featured in Dream Theater's "Big Medley" on the album A Change of Seasons.

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