Follow You Follow Me

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"Follow You Follow Me" seemed to take everyone by surprise. This spirited pop love song defied every established Genesis trick. It is as simple as it gets, in terms of structure, tonality, and lyrics. It featured Mike Rutherford on a rhythm guitar pattern he would use more and more often in the future. The song was released in March 1978 as the first single from And Then There Were Three, backed with "Inside and Out" in the U.S. and "Ballad of Big" elsewhere, and became a worldwide hit, reaching number 23 in the U.S. charts. On its strength, the album became the band's best seller to date. "Follow You Follow Me" remained a live feature from 1978 to the end, even remaining on the set list when Phil Collins left. A live version was included on Three Sides Live. Another one with Ray Wilson on vocals can be found on the Not About Us EP. "Follow You Follow Me" represents a new point of departure for Genesis. Following its success, the band will stir away from the childhood/fantasy direction it had taken since Peter Gabriel's departure (with songs like "Squonk," "All in a Mouses Night," and "Scenes From a Nights Dream") to concentrate on simpler love songs ("Misunderstanding," "No Reply at All," "Invisible Touch"). To many fans of the Gabriel era, this song was perceived as a treason and it still generates love/hate feelings.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
...And Then There Were Three... 1978 Atco / Atlantic / WEA International 3:59
No Image 1988 Atlantic
Sounds of the Seventies: 1978 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:20
Best Rock Ballads in the World...Ever 1995
Various Artists
Virgin 3:53
Not About Us [US] 1997 Atlantic 0:00
Kuschelrock, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Turn It on Again: The Hits 1999 EMI 3:59
Love, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:58
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:59
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:00
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:59
Time 100: Music of Our Lives 1960-1980 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:59
Platinum Collection 2004 EMI 4:08
R-Kive 2014 Atlantic / Rhino 4:00
Follow You Follow Me/Inside & Out Atlantic / Rhino