GENESIS: Jesus He Knows Me CD single digipak. Incl. an unreleased elsewhere funky dance mix of “I Can’t Dance (The Other Mix)”. Check videos


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Jesus He Knows Me is a Single by Genesis from the album We Can’t Dance
Released July 13, 1992
Format CD maxi
Recorded The Farm, Surrey; March 1991 September 1991
Genre Rock
Label Atlantic, Virgin
Writer(s) Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford
Producer Genesis, Nick Davis

“Jesus He Knows Me” is the second track on the 1991 Genesis album We Can’t Dance, and its fourth single. The song is a satire of televangelism, released in a period when several televangelists such as Robert Tilton, Jim Bakker, Larry Lea and Benny Hinn were under investigation for promising financial success to their listeners, provided they sent money to them. The track reached #20 in the UK and #23 in the U.S.

Like all the singles from We Can’t Dance, “Jesus He Knows Me” was released on two CDs as well on vinyl editions. All formats featured the non-album track “Hearts on Fire” (later included on Genesis Archive #2 1976-1992) as the primary B-side, while both CDs included an exclusive track.
The first CD had “I Can’t Dance (The Other Mix)” (a remix by Ben Liebrand) and the second featured “Land of Confusion (Rehearsal Version).” “The Other Mix” is so-called because another version, the “Sex Mix,” had been released some months before on the “I Can’t Dance” CD single.
The second CD was the fifth disc in “The Invisible Series,” a collection of Genesis CDs which featured live recordings as extra tracks.
The “Single Mix” of “Jesus He Knows Me” has a louder chorus than the album version, making it more suitable for radio play.
The song was featured in the 1996 Belgian film Le huitième jour by Jaco Van Dormael.

The song was performed live on the 1992 We Can’t Dance tour, although it was not going to be played because the band thought the live visuals were mocking religion. The band eventually decided to perform “Jesus He Knows Me” instead of “Living Forever,” which was in the setlist at the time.

Music video:
The video features singer Phil Collins as an unscrupulous televangelist who lives like a millionaire thanks to donations from his followers. The comedic video also features fellow band members, keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist Mike Rutherford, as fellow evangelists. Collins, in an orange suit, tries to have his viewers raise $18,000,000 in one weekend because “the Lord told it to him.” In the final minute on the video, money is thrown by parishioners and also rains down on the set of the fake program. As the tote-board reaches his goal, the amount of money shown increases to $18,000,000.
The video is the second from We Can’t Dance in which Banks and Rutherford have to drag Collins off at the end; the other is “I Can’t Dance.”
In the video near the 2:40 mark people can be seen holding a sign reading “Genesis 3:25,” referring not to the Bible but to the fact that the band had three members and had been together for twenty-five years. (The band formed in 1967, but the video was filmed in 1992, although only Banks and Rutherford had been in the band since the beginning.) Some observers, not understanding this reference, believed the sign to be an error or a joke, as the third chapter in the Book of Genesis has only 24 verses.
In the original version of the video, the “toll free number” referred to in the lyrics was shown as 1-555-GENESIS. This was covered up by a scroll bar in later edits of the video.
Throughout the clip, Collins is shown on the covers of several fictitious magazines with religious names which spoof actual publications, such as “Spirit Illustrated,” “Rolling Souls,” “MITE” (an anagram of TIME) and “Gods Housekeeping.”
As a footnote, Collinss character in this video bears some resemblance to his role of “Phil Mayhew,” a low-brow game show hostcon artist eventually dabbling in televangelism in the 1985 Miami Vice episode “Phil the Shill.”
The video was nominated at the Brit Award in the British Video category in 1993.

This song was parodied in the pilot episode of the Serbian satirical show Nikad izvini, featuring Serbian Orthodox Church Metropolitan bishop Amfilohije Radovic, who sings how he managed to cheat God and take over Heaven to save the souls of Serbian criminals.

CD maxi
“Jesus He Knows Me” (single mix) 4:18
“Hearts on Fire” 5:15
“I Can’t Dance” (the other mix) 6:00

Chart (1992) Peak position
Austrian Singles Chart 26
French SNEP Singles Chart 27
German Singles Chart 13
Irish Singles Chart 22
Swedish Singles Chart 38
UK Singles Chart 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 27
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 24
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 12


Genesis Jesus He Knows Me
Label: Virgin GENDG 9, Virgin ? 665 486
Format: CD, Single, Digipak
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 1992
Genre: Rock
Style: House, Soft Rock
1 Jesus He Knows Me (Single Mix) 4:18
2 Hearts On Fire 5:15
3 I Can’t Dance (The Other Mix) Remix [Additional Mixing] Ben Liebrand 6:00

Phonographic Copyright (p) Virgin Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) Virgin Records Ltd.
Published By Anthony Banks Ltd.
Published By Philip Collins Ltd.
Published By Michael Rutherford Ltd.
Published By Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Ltd.
Glass Mastered At Nimbus

Illustration Felicity Roma Bowers
Producer Genesis, Nick Davis
Written-By Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks

Published by © 1991 Anthony Banks Ltd / Philip Collins Ltd / Michael Rutherford Ltd / Hit And Run Music (Publishing) Ltd
Track 1: P. 1991 Virgin Records Ltd
Track 2-3: P. 1992 Virgin Records Ltd
© 1992 Virgin Records Ltd
Comes in a digipak sleeve with white tray.
Barcode: 5 012980 909001
Other (Distribution Code): PM515
Matrix / Runout (pressing code): 1:1

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg


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