Illegal Alien (song)

Illegal Alien (song)

Single infobox |
Name = Illegal Alien

Artist = Genesis
from Album = Genesis
Released = February 1984 (USA)(UK)
Format = 7", 12"
Recorded = 1982- 1983
Genre = Pop rock
Length = 5:14
Label = Atlantic, Virgin, Vertigo
Producer = Genesis, Hugh Padgham
Chart position =

Last single = "That's All" (1983)
This single = "Illegal Alien" (1984)
Next single = "Taking It All Too Hard" (1984)
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Genesis
Type = studio
prev_track = "Second Home by the Sea"
prev_no = Track 4
this_track = "Illegal Alien"
track_no = Track 5
next_track = "Taking It All Too Hard"
next_no = Track 6

"Illegal Alien" is the fifth track in the 1983 album "Genesis" by Genesis.

The song's lyrics are a lighter, humorous depiction of the frustrations an illegal immigrant faces, leading up to the chorus: "It's no fun/Being an illegal alien". Even though the lyrics are intended as a satire and to be taken in jest, the song can rarely be heard on United States radio stations because of its perceived offensiveness toward immigrants. In particular, the second stanza of the bridge — in which the immigrant suggestively offers sexual favours from his sister in exchange for admittance across the border — has been edited from radio versions of the song, as well as from the music video version.

Even though "Illegal Alien" isn't as popular as other Genesis songs, it still managed to make "Blender" magazine's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever", charting at number 13. [] When Blender partnered with VH1 for the "100 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever" though, this song was notably absent.

The video uses imagery of the way Mexicans are stereotypically portrayed, with the participants (including Collins) shown drinking, sleeping, playing Mariachi music, wearing huge sombreros and serapes, and singing in mock-Mexican accents.

Live performances

"Illegal Alien" was only played live during the "Mama" Tour [ [ Mama Tour Songs & Dates] ] .

A live version is featured on Disc Two of , which was Recorded live at the L.A. Forum, Los Angeles on 14 January 1984.

Track listings

; 7" Single
# "Illegal Alien" (5:14)
# "Turn It On Again" (live) (5:24)

; 12" maxi
# "Illegal Alien" (5:14)
# "Home By The Sea" (6:05)


*Phil Collins - drums, percussion, vocals
*Tony Banks - keyboards, backing vocals
*Mike Rutherford - guitars, bass guitar, backing vocals


External links

* [ Music Video] at VH1 Classic

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