First Hit #1: July 19, 1986
Initially, it seems like maybe everyone had gotten out of the funk that inspired heavy rotation of Holding Back the Years. Invisible Touch starts with some almost celebratory drums, and it sounds big and kind of fun. However, it’s actually about a bitter breakup, with Collins telling the story of a woman who ruins lives and destroys hearts. It’s a three minute evisceration of a woman that Collins insists destroy all she lays her hands upon. Not, then, a super enthusiastic and happy song, though it has its own fun. With the arrangement we’ve got a song that can, so long as you don’t pay too close attention, be mistaken for something a bit joyous, and while the lyrics are very bitter, and Collins doesn’t undersell how bitter they are, he does give a chorus that is at least a bit infectious.
So apparently in 1986, everyone had just ended a really bad relationship, going by the songs they’re listening to.