Genesis (band)

Clockwise from left: Banks, Collins, Hackett, Rutherford, Gabriel

Origin HYPERLINK «» \o
«Godalming» Godalming , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Surrey» Surrey

Country HYPERLINK «» \o «England»

Years active HYPERLINK «» \o «1967»
1967 – HYPERLINK «» \o «1999» 1999

HYPERLINK «» \o «Music genre»
Genres HYPERLINK «» \o
«Progressive rock» Progressive rock

HYPERLINK «» \o «Pop rock» Pop

HYPERLINK «» \o «Record
label» Labels HYPERLINK «»
\o «Decca Records» Decca Records

HYPERLINK «» \o «Charisma
Records» Charisma Records

HYPERLINK «» \o «ABC Records»
ABC Records

HYPERLINK «» \o «Atco
Records» Atco Records

HYPERLINK «» \o «Atlantic
Records» Atlantic Records

HYPERLINK «» \o «Rhino
Entertainment» Rhino Entertainment

Members HYPERLINK «» \o
«Mike Rutherford» Mike Rutherford

«Tony Banks (musician)» Tony Banks

Past members HYPERLINK «» \o
«Phil Collins» Phil Collins

HYPERLINK «» \o «Peter
Gabriel» Peter Gabriel

HYPERLINK «» \o «Ray Wilson»
Ray Wilson

HYPERLINK «» \o «Steve
Hackett» Steve Hackett

HYPERLINK «» \o «John Mayhew»
John Mayhew

HYPERLINK «» \o «Anthony
Phillips» Anthony Phillips

HYPERLINK «» \o «John Silver»
John Silver

«Chris Stewart (author)» Chris Stewart

Website(s) HYPERLINK «» \o

Genesis is a HYPERLINK «» \o
«Grammy Award» Grammy Award winning HYPERLINK
«» \o «England» English
«Progressive rock» progressive rock HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rock band» band formed in
HYPERLINK «» \o «1967 in
music» 1967 . The band’s notable former members include HYPERLINK
«» \o «Peter Gabriel» Peter
Gabriel and HYPERLINK «» \o
«Phil Collins» Phil Collins , both of whom achieved additional success
as solo artists and in other ventures. With approximately 150 million
albums sold worldwide, Genesis is one of the top 30 highest selling
recording artists of all time. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-albumssold» \o «» [1] The
band is widely known for two distinctly different musical phases. Early
on in their career, their complex song structures, elaborate
instrumentation, and theatrical HYPERLINK
«» \o «Concerts» live shows made
them one of the most revered bands of the 1970s progressive rock
movement. Hallmarks of the band’s music during this period included the
23-minute long » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Supper’s Ready»
Supper’s Ready » and the 1974 HYPERLINK
«» \o «Concept album» concept
«» \o «The
Lamb Lies Down on Broadway» The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway . In the
1980s and beyond, their music took a distinct turn towards HYPERLINK
«» \o «Pop music» pop , becoming
considerably more HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hook (music)» hook
-oriented and more accessible to the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Popular music» musical
mainstream . This change of musical direction gave them their first
HYPERLINK «» \o «United
Kingdom» UK #1 album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Duke (album)» Duke
, as well as their only HYPERLINK
«» \o «United States» US #1
single, » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Invisible
Touch (Song)» Invisible Touch «.

Initially fronted by Peter Gabriel, Genesis has experienced several
personnel changes over the years. Collins took over from Gabriel after
the latter’s departure from the group in 1975. After nearly two decades
of being the band’s frontman, Collins left the group in 1996 and was
replaced by former HYPERLINK «»
\o «Stiltskin» Stiltskin singer HYPERLINK
«» \o «Ray Wilson
(musician)» Ray Wilson for the 1997 album HYPERLINK
«» \o «Calling All
Stations» Calling All Stations . Wilson was released from the group in
1998 following the disappointing sales of the new album. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-raywilsonreleased» \o «» [2]
After three decades of activity, the band announced that it was on an
indefinite HYPERLINK «» \o «Hiatus»
hiatus .


HYPERLINK «» \l «History» 1 History

HYPERLINK «» \l «The_beginning:_1967-1969» 1.1 The beginning:

HYPERLINK «» \l «Peter_Gabriel-led_era:_1970-1974» 1.2 Peter
Gabriel-led era: 1970-1974

HYPERLINK «» \l «Phil_Collins-led_era:_1975-1996» 1.3 Phil
Collins-led era: 1975-1996

HYPERLINK «» \l «Hackett.27s_departure»
1.3.1 Hackett’s departure

«A_change_in_musical_direction» 1.3.2 A change in musical direction

«.22Invisible_Touch.22_and_.22The_Way_We_Walk.22_tour» 1.3.3 «Invisible
Touch» and «The Way We Walk» tour

HYPERLINK «» \l «Ray_Wilson_Era:_1997-1998» 1.4 Ray Wilson Era:

HYPERLINK «» \l «Reunion_rumours» 2
Reunion rumours

«Inspiration_and_influences» 3 Inspiration and influences

HYPERLINK «» \l «Album_cover_art» 4
Album cover art

HYPERLINK «» \l «Criticism» 5 Criticism

HYPERLINK «» \l «Discography» 6

HYPERLINK «» \l «Notes» 7 Notes

HYPERLINK «» \l «References» 8

HYPERLINK «» \l «See_also» 9 See also

HYPERLINK «» \l «External_links» 10
External links


The beginning: 1967-1969

The original Genesis lineup in 1967, with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Anthony Phillips»
Anthony Phillips , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mike Rutherford»
Mike Rutherford , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tony Banks
(musician)» Tony Banks , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Peter Gabriel» Peter
Gabriel and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Chris
Stewart (author)» Chris Stewart .

The band’s origin lies in the late 1960s, when founding members
HYPERLINK «» \o «Peter
Gabriel» Peter Gabriel and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tony Banks
(musician)» Tony Banks were students at HYPERLINK
«» \o «Charterhouse
School» Charterhouse School . The original line-up consisted of Peter
Gabriel (vocals), HYPERLINK
«» \o «Anthony Phillips»
Anthony Phillips (guitar), Tony Banks (keyboards), HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mike Rutherford»
Mike Rutherford (bass & guitar), and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Chris
Stewart (author)» Chris Stewart (drums). HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-completeguide» \o «» [3]
Genesis recorded its first album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «1969 in music» 1969’s
«» \o
«From Genesis to Revelation (album)» From Genesis to Revelation , after
striking a deal with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jonathan King»
Jonathan King , an alum of their school and a songwriter and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Record producer»
producer who had a hit single at the time called «Everyone’s Gone to
the Moon». King supposedly dubbed the band Genesis because it was the
first serious band he had worked with, or the genesis of his career. As
he recalled later — «I named them Genesis because I thought it was a
good name…it suggested the beginning of a new sound and a new
feeling». HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-king» \o
«» [4]

The album was released by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Decca Records» Decca
Records . During the sessions, drummer Stewart left the band and was
replaced by HYPERLINK «» \o
«John Silver» John Silver . The band recorded a series of songs
reflecting the light pop style of the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Bee Gees» Bee Gees , of
whom King was very fond, and King assembled these tracks into a pseudo-
HYPERLINK «» \o «Concept
album» concept album , layering on HYPERLINK
«» \o «String instrument»
string arrangements into the music during production. The band’s first
single, «The Silent Sun» ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Genesis SilentSun.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wikipedia:Media
help» help · HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis SilentSun.ogg» info )) was released in February 1968.
The album sold poorly, and the band, feeling manipulated by King, told
him they had broken up in order to get out of their contract with him.
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-fromgenesisto» \o «»
[5] To this day, King asserts his responsibility for the band’s
subsequent success. He holds the rights to the songs on the From Genesis
to Revelation album and has attempted to sell the rights for their

Genesis recruited a new drummer, HYPERLINK
«» \o «John Mayhew» John Mayhew
, playing occasional gigs until landing a new deal with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Charisma Records»
Charisma Records founder HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tony
Stratton-Smith» Tony Stratton-Smith . Through live performances the
band became known for hypnotic melodies that were often dark and
haunting. Phillips left the band in HYPERLINK
«» \o «1970 in music» 1970
after the release of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Trespass
(album)» Trespass because of ill health and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Glossophobia» stage
fright . HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-genesisfaq» \o «» [6] The departure of Phillips traumatised
both Banks and Rutherford, as Phillips had been a founding member and a
primary force behind the band turning professional. There was also doubt
over whether Genesis could go on without him. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-autodiscography» \o «» [7]

Eventually, the remaining members renewed their commitment to Genesis,
also deciding to fire drummer HYPERLINK
«» \o «John Mayhew» John Mayhew
in the bargain. HYPERLINK
«» \o «Trespass
(album)» Trespass (1970) set the format for Genesis albums throughout
the ’70s. The album consisted of lengthy, sometimes operatic pieces and
occasional very short, humorous numbers that typified the style of
progressive rock of HYPERLINK
«» \o «King Crimson» King
Crimson , HYPERLINK «» \o
«Yes (band)» Yes , and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Gentle Giant» Gentle
Giant . Trespass included elaborate arrangements and time signature
changes — key elements that continued to be featured in Genesis’s
subsequent albums. Trespass featured the nine-minute «The Knife» which
Gabriel, a believer in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Non-violence»
non-violence after having been influenced by a book on HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mahatma Gandhi»
Gandhi , wrote showing «how all violent revolutions inevitably end up
with a dictator in power». HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-genesisfaq» \o «» [6]

Genesis Timeline HYPERLINK «javascript:toggleNavigationBar(1);» [ Hide

  1967 Gabriel, Banks, Phillips, Rutherford, Stewart

  1968 Gabriel, Banks, Phillips, Rutherford, Silver

  1969 Gabriel, Banks, Phillips, Rutherford, Mayhew 1

  1970 Gabriel, Banks, Collins, Hackett, Rutherford 2

  1975 Collins, Banks, Hackett, Rutherford 3

  1977 Collins, Banks, Rutherford 4

  1997 Wilson, Banks, Rutherford 5


1 David Thomas

2 Mick Barnard

3Bill Bruford

4 Chester Thompson, Daryl Streumer

5 Nick D’Virgillio, Nir Zidhyaku

HYPERLINK «» \o «Phil
Collins» Phil Collins joined Genesis on HYPERLINK
«» \o «August 4» 4 August
HYPERLINK «» \o «1970» 1970 after
successfully impressing the other band members with his drumming skills
during an audition at Gabriel’s parents’ house. The band continued as a
four-piece before playing a few shows with guitarist HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mick Barnard» Mick
Barnard . As the band felt that Barnard was not up to their caliber of
musicianship, they sought a proper replacement for Phillips. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-autodiscography» \o «» [7]
Late in 1970, HYPERLINK «»
\o «Steve Hackett» Steve Hackett , who performed in the band
HYPERLINK «» \o «Quiet World»
Quiet World , placed an advertisement for a band in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Melody Maker» Melody
Maker . Hackett went to see Genesis in concert and enjoyed the type of
music they were playing. The band liked the tone of the advertisement,
and after a meeting at his parents’ apartment, hired Hackett

Peter Gabriel-led era: 1970-1974

Collins and Hackett made their studio debut on the album HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nursery Cryme» Nursery
Cryme (Originally Released November, 1971), which featured the epic
«The Musical Box» ( HYPERLINK
» \o «Genesis TheMusicalBox.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis TheMusicalBox.ogg» info )) and Collins’s first lead
vocal performance on «For Absent Friends». HYPERLINK
«» \o «Foxtrot (album)»
Foxtrot , released in October HYPERLINK
«» \o «1972 in music» 1972 ,
contained what many consider to be one of the group’s most celebrated
works HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-completeguide» \o «» [3] — the 23-minute » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Supper’s Ready»
Supper’s Ready » ( HYPERLINK
\o «Genesis SuppersReady.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis SuppersReady.ogg» info )) and the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Arthur C. Clarke»
Arthur C. Clarke -inspired «Watcher of the Skies», that solidified
Genesis’s reputation as songwriters and performers. Gabriel’s flamboyant
and theatrical stage presence, which involved numerous costume changes
and surreal introductions to each song, made the band one of the most
talked-about live acts in the early 70s UK rock scene. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-gabrielnyt» \o «» [8]

Peter Gabriel painted his face white and partially shaved his head
during the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Selling
England by the Pound» Selling England by the Pound tour in 1974.

\o «Selling England by the Pound» Selling England by the Pound
followed in HYPERLINK «» \o
«November» November HYPERLINK
«» \o «1973 in music» 1973
and was well received by critics and fans. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-sebtp» \o «» [9] According
to one biographical account, Gabriel was very conscious of lyrics and
references that might suggest a slant towards American audiences. He was
keen to avoid this and insisted that the album carry the title Selling
England by the Pound, also the title of the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Labour Party
(UK)» Labour Party manifesto at the time. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-genesisbio» \o «» [10] The
album contained «Firth of Fifth» ( HYPERLINK
\o «Genesis FirthOfFifth.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis FirthOfFifth.ogg» info )) and «I Know What I Like (In
Your Wardrobe)», songs that remained part of Genesis’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Repertoire» repertoire
in future live performances. During this period, guitarist Hackett
became one of the first to use the » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tapping» tapping » technique
normally credited to HYPERLINK
«» \o «Eddie Van Halen»
Eddie Van Halen and » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Sweep picking» sweep
picking » popularized in the 80’s by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yngwie Malmsteen»
Yngwie Malmsteen . HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-hacketttapping» \o «» [11] These techniques were used in the
song «Dancing with the Moonlit Knight».

Genesis ventured into a more ambitious project with the double disc
HYPERLINK «» \o «Concept
album» concept album HYPERLINK
«» \o «The
Lamb Lies Down on Broadway» The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (
«» \o
«Genesis TheLamb.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis TheLamb.ogg» info )) (1974). The album was released
HYPERLINK «» \o «November 18»
November 18 , HYPERLINK «»
\o «1974 in music» 1974 . The story features the supernatural journey
of protagonist HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rael
(character)» Rael , a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Puerto Rican» Puerto
Rican youth in HYPERLINK «»
\o «New York City» New York City , and his journey through a parallel
reality. During his adventure, Rael encounters several bizarre
characters such as The HYPERLINK «»
\o «Lamia» Lamia , borrowed from HYPERLINK
«» \o «Greek mythology»
Greek mythology , and the Slippermen during some satirically twisted
circumstances. Interpretation of the Lamb remains a matter of
speculation as there is no official explanation of its meaning.

Rather than the lengthy tracks featured on prior albums, The Lamb Lies
Down on Broadway collected many shorter tracks connected by a variety of
HYPERLINK «» \o «Segue» segues .
This change was due to the album’s production, as well as the appearance
of bolder electronic keyboard sounds and a departure from songs
featuring British themes to those that were HYPERLINK
«» \o «United States»
American . The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway strained relations between
members of the group, particularly Banks and Gabriel. The other members
of Genesis essentially wrote the music to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
without Gabriel’s participation (with the exception of «Counting out
Time» and «The Carpet Crawl»). Gabriel focused on the story and its
lyrics separately from his bandmates (with the exception of the song
«The Light Dies Down on Broadway» written by Banks & Rutherford).
Genesis embarked on a world tour promoting The Lamb Lies Down on
Broadway and, since this was a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Concept album» concept
album , performed it in its entirety.

Gabriel announced his departure from Genesis in HYPERLINK
«» \o «August» August HYPERLINK
«» \o «1975 in music» 1975 ,
following the The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour. He felt estranged
from the band, and his marriage and birth of his first child added to
his personal strain. Gabriel explained his departure in a letter to fans
entitled Out, Angels Out:


The vehicle we had built as a co-op to serve our songwriting became
our master and had cooped us up inside the success we had wanted. It
affected the attitudes and the spirit of the whole band. The music had
not dried up and I still respect the other musicians, but our roles had
set in hard. HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-gabrieldnote» \o «» [12]    

Gabriel’s first solo album ( HYPERLINK
«» \o «Peter Gabriel
(I)» Peter Gabriel , HYPERLINK
«» \o «1977 in music» 1977 )
featured the single » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Solsbury
Hill (song)» Solsbury Hill «, an allegory about his departure from

Phil Collins-led era: 1975-1996

Phil Collins performing «That’s All» in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Buffalo, New
York» Buffalo, NY , HYPERLINK «» \o
«1983» 1983 . Also visible are Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and
HYPERLINK «» \o «Daryl
Stuermer» Daryl Stuermer .

The group began auditioning lead singers without a clear idea about the
kind of singer they were looking for, although they knew that they did
not want a voice too dissimilar from Gabriel’s. Phil Collins, whose
backing vocals had featured previously in the Genesis sound of the
Gabriel era, was given the job of coaching prospective replacements,
including HYPERLINK «» \o
«Jon Anderson» Jon Anderson of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yes (band)» Yes . «I
really wanted to have a crack at it…[b]ut I wasn’t about to ask. I
wanted someone to ask me» HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-archive2» \o «» [13] , Collins recalled later in an interview.
Eventually, Genesis settled with Collins as their new lead singer,
hoping that their fans would be more forgiving if the new lead vocalist
came from within the ranks.

Genesis’s first post-Gabriel album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «A Trick of the
Tail» A Trick of the Tail ( HYPERLINK
«» \o «1976 in music» 1976 ),
was well received, outselling all previous Genesis albums. The album
featured a markedly clearer production than previous albums, which came
courtesy of new producer HYPERLINK
«» \o «David Hentschel»
David Hentschel , who had previously served as engineer on Nursery
Cryme. Another influential factor was that Collins, in the opinion of
some, sounded «more like Gabriel than Gabriel did». HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-goldenslumbers» \o «» [14]
The album featured «Ripples», «Dance on a Volcano» ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Danceogg.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Danceogg.ogg» info )) and «Entangled». Despite the success of
Trick of the Tail, the group remained concerned with their live shows
considering Gabriel’s elaborate performances. Collins felt confident
that he could handle live vocal duties, but definitely needed another
drummer while he sang. HYPERLINK
«» \o «Bill Bruford» Bill
Bruford , drummer for HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yes (band)» Yes and
HYPERLINK «» \o «King Crimson»
King Crimson , offered to drum while Collins attended to vocal duties —
a suggestion that was palatable to the band. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-bruford» \o «» [15]

Bruford joined on tour in 1976 as drummer. For their tours starting in
1977, the HYPERLINK «» \o
«Jazz fusion» jazz fusion -trained HYPERLINK
«» \o «Chester Thompson»
Chester Thompson , a veteran of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Weather Report»
Weather Report and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Frank Zappa» Frank Zappa
, took over live drumming duties to allow Collins to concentrate on
vocals. Collins’s approach to live Genesis shows differed from the more
theatrical performances of Gabriel, and his interpretations of prior
songs were lighter and subtler. Years later, Gabriel told Collins at the
1982 HYPERLINK «» \o «Milton
Keynes» Milton Keynes reunion show that Collins sang the songs better
than Peter, but never quite like him. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-insidegenesis» \o «» [16]
Also in 1976, Genesis recorded HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wind & Wuthering»
Wind & Wuthering , released in January HYPERLINK
«» \o «1977» 1977 . This was the first
of two Genesis albums to be recorded at the Relight Studios in
HYPERLINK «» \o «Hilvarenbeek»
Hilvarenbeek , the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Netherlands» Netherlands
. HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-completeguide» \o
«» [3] The album got its name from HYPERLINK
«» \o «Emily Bronte» Emily
Bronte ‘s novel HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wuthering Heights»
Wuthering Heights , whose last lines — «how anyone could ever imagine
unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth» also inspired the
names of the seventh and eighth tracks of the album. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-scottmcmahon» \o «» [17] The
album featured «Blood on the Rooftops» and «Afterglow» ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Genesis Afterglow.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis Afterglow.ogg» info )), as well as the complex
multi-part suite «One for the Vine». The animated movie HYPERLINK
«» \o «B.C. Rock» B.C. Rock
featured bits of «Afterglow». The band signed with a new manager
«Tony Smith (manager)» Tony Smith , and all their songs were thereafter
published through his company, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hit &
Run Music Publishing» Hit & Run Music Publishing .

Hackett’s departure

Genesis (clockwise): Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and Tony Banks in May

Guitarist Steve Hackett had become increasingly disenchanted with the
band by the time Wind & Wuthering was released. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-hackett» \o «» [18]
Following the departure of Gabriel, he became the first band member to
record a solo album. The freedom he experienced during the making of
«Voyage of the Acolyte» Voyage of the Acolyte (1975) led him to feel
constricted at what he regarded as the confines of Genesis. Hackett
wanted a quarter of the Wind & Wuthering album to be given over to his
own material, which, according to Collins, was «a dumb way to work in a
band context». HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-hackettdepart» \o «» [19] Genesis tried to placate him by
giving extra songwriting credits on the two instrumental tracks «Unquiet
Slumbers for the Sleepers…»/»…In That Quiet Earth» (originally
intended to be a single track, composition credit to all four band
members), but the Hackett-composed «Blood on the Rooftops» was never
performed live by the band and his composition «Please Don’t Touch» was
rejected for inclusion on the LP. Following the release of the
HYPERLINK «» \o «Spot the
Pigeon» Spot the Pigeon E.P. (1977), consisting of extra tracks from
the Wind & Wuthering sessions, Hackett left the band.

The HYPERLINK «» \o «Seconds
Out» Seconds Out live album of the HYPERLINK
«» \o «1977 in music» 1977
tour became Hackett’s final release with Genesis. Rutherford took over
his guitar duties in the studio and would alternate guitar and bass
duties with HYPERLINK «» \o
«Daryl Stuermer» Daryl Stuermer for live performances. The group
continued as a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Trio (music)» trio
, a fact reflected in the title of their HYPERLINK
«» \o «1978 in music» 1978
«…And_Then_There_Were_Three…» \o
«…And Then There Were Three…» …And Then There Were Three… .
This album began another change away from 10-minute-plus progressive
epics and towards shorter, more radio-friendly tracks. It yielded their
first HYPERLINK «» \o
«United States» American radio hit, «Follow You Follow Me» (
.ogg» \o «Genesis FollowYouFollowMe.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis FollowYouFollowMe.ogg» info )). The song’s popularity
caused …And Then There Were Three… to be the band’s first US Gold
selling album.

A change in musical direction

HYPERLINK «» \o «Phil
Collins» Phil Collins in concert with Genesis in October 1981.

In 1979, Genesis almost lost Collins as he moved to HYPERLINK
«» \o «Vancouver,
Canada» Vancouver, Canada in an attempt to save his first marriage.
However, two months and a divorce later, Collins returned to the UK and
immersed himself in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Duke (album)» Duke
(1980). Collins later claimed that his marriage breakup accelerated his
growth as a songwriter, and Duke became the first Genesis album with
which he pulled equal songwriting weight with Banks and Rutherford. Duke
continued the departure from the sounds and concepts that identified
Genesis in the 1970s. Lengthy, complex themes and music gave way to
shorter, more «accessible» pieces. The use of the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Drum machine» drum
machine was a consistent element in forthcoming Genesis albums as well
as in Collins’s solo albums. The more commercial Duke was well received
by the mainstream media and was Genesis’s first UK Number 1 album, and
the tracks «Misunderstanding» ( HYPERLINK
ogg» \o «Genesis Misunderstanding.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis Misunderstanding.ogg» info )) and «Turn it on Again»
became two of the band’s standbys.

Genesis followed Duke with 1981’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Abacab» Abacab , which
featured HYPERLINK «» \o
«Horn section» horn and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wind instrument»
wind instruments and a collaboration with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Earth, Wind &
Fire» Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) on the track «No Reply at All» (
\o «Genesis NoReplyAtAll.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis NoReplyAtAll.ogg» info )). Much of the rehearsing for
Abacab was done in the newly built Genesis studio — HYPERLINK
«» \o «The
Farm (recording studio)» The Farm , in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Surrey» Surrey , HYPERLINK
«» \o «England» England , where all
four of Genesis’s subsequent albums were recorded.

Abacab also featured a more forceful live drum sound from Collins,
including the use of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Gated reverb» Gated
reverb where the live (or artificially reverberated) sound is relayed
through a HYPERLINK «» \o
«Noise gate» noise gate set to rapidly cut off the sound when it
reaches a particular threshold volume. This results in a powerful «live»
sounding yet very controlled drum sound. This distinctive sound was
originally developed by Peter Garbriel, Collins and co-producer/engineer
HYPERLINK «» \o «Hugh
Padgham» Hugh Padgham when Collins was recording the backing track for
«Intruder», the first song on Gabriel’s 1980 solo album. This, as well
as Padgham’s production, had been apparent on HYPERLINK
«» \o «Face Value» Face Value
(1981), Collins’ debut solo album. The «gated» drum sound would become
an audio trademark of future Genesis and Collins albums.

«Invisible Touch» and «The Way We Walk» tour

Cover of the » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Land of Confusion»
Land of Confusion » single.The cover is inspired from the Beatles’ album
HYPERLINK «» \o «With the
Beatles» With the Beatles . The guitar riff accompanying the song owes
its debt to HYPERLINK «» \o «The
Who» The Who ‘s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Pete Townshend» Pete
Townshend — subtly acknowledged in the line » HYPERLINK
«» \o «My Generation» [m]y
generation will put it right». HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-assortedinfo» \o «» [20]

In 1982, the band released the double live album HYPERLINK
«» \o «Three Sides Live»
Three Sides Live . The U.S. version of this album had three sides of
live material (hence the album’s title) plus one side of studio tracks.
The studio side included the song «Paperlate» ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Genesis Paperlate.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis Paperlate.ogg» info )), again featuring the EWF horn
section. In the UK, the three songs on the «Paperlate» side of the album
had previously been released on the EP HYPERLINK
«» \o «3 X 3″ 3 X 3 . This enabled
the UK version of Three Sides Live to also contain further live
material, albeit from earlier tours. The year was capped with Genesis
performing in the company of Gabriel and Hackett under the name »
HYPERLINK «» \o «Six of the
best» Six of the best » for a one-off concert at the HYPERLINK
«» \o «National Bowl» Milton
Keynes bowl ( HYPERLINK
\o «Genesis MiltonKeynes.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis MiltonKeynes.ogg» info )). The concert was hastily put
together to help raise money for Gabriel’s HYPERLINK
«» \o
«World of Music, Arts and Dance» WOMAD project, which was suffering
from considerable financial hardship. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-womad» \o «» [21]

The HYPERLINK «» \o «Eponymous»
eponymous HYPERLINK
«» \o «Genesis (album)»
Genesis (1983) album (sometimes referred to as «Shapes» for its
game-piece cover) was their third consecutive number 1 album in the UK.
The album featured radio friendly pieces such as » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mama» Mama » ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Genesis Mama.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o «Image:Genesis
Mama.ogg» info )) and «That’s All». Genesis also re-introduced the
band’s flair for lengthy pieces in «Home by the Sea», which did
particularly well in HYPERLINK «» \o
«Asia» Asia for its use of the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Pentatonic scale»
pentatonic scale . The album track «Just a Job to Do» became the theme
song of the 1985 HYPERLINK
«» \o
«American Broadcasting Corporation» ABC detective drama HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Insiders» The
Insiders .

Genesis released their highest selling album, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Invisible Touch»
Invisible Touch (1986), at the height of Collins’s popularity as a solo
artist. The album yielded five US Top 5 singles, «Throwing it All Away»,
«In Too Deep», «Tonight, Tonight, Tonight», » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Land of Confusion»
Land of Confusion » ( HYPERLINK
gg» \o «Genesis LandOfConfusion.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis LandOfConfusion.ogg» info )) and » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Invisible
Touch (Song)» Invisible Touch » ( HYPERLINK
g» \o «Genesis InvisibleTouch.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis InvisibleTouch.ogg» info )). The title track went to #1
in the United States, the only Genesis song to do so (despite only
climbing to #15 in the UK). In 1987, Genesis became the first band to
sell out four consecutive nights at HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wembley Stadium»
Wembley Stadium HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-wembley» \o «» [22] . Genesis were the first band to use
HYPERLINK «» \o «Vari-Lite»
Vari*Lite technology , HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-varilite» \o «» [23] HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jumbotron» Jumbotron
screens and the Prism sound system, all of which are now standard
features of arena rock concerts.

Genesis performing » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Land of Confusion»
Land of Confusion » in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Concerts
at Knebworth House» Knebworth , HYPERLINK
«» \o «England» England (
HYPERLINK «» \o «August 2» August
2 , HYPERLINK «» \o «1992» 1992 ).

Earlier that year, Collins saw a spoof of himself on HYPERLINK
«» \o «Spitting Image»
Spitting Image , a satirical British HYPERLINK
«» \o «Television» television
show that featured politicians and celebrities in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Puppet» puppet form.
Impressed with the representation, Collins and Genesis commissioned the
show’s creators, HYPERLINK «»
\o «Peter Fluck» Peter Fluck and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Roger Law» Roger Law , to
work on the video for «Land of Confusion». The video was a sarcastic
commentary on HYPERLINK «» \o
«The Cold War» The Cold War , played to the perception of each
coalition’s leaders as being «trigger happy» with the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nuclear warfare»
nuclear «button». As well as puppet versions of Banks, Collins and
Rutherford, the video also showed HYPERLINK
«» \o «Ronald Reagan» Ronald
Reagan dressed as HYPERLINK «»
\o «Superman» Superman . It was nominated for the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Music Television»
MTV «Video of the Year», losing to Gabriel’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Sledgehammer
(song)» Sledgehammer .

«Tonight, Tonight, Tonight» was used in a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Michelob» Michelob
commercial (as was Collins’ » HYPERLINK
«» \o «In the Air
Tonight» In the Air Tonight «), while «In Too Deep» was featured in the
film HYPERLINK «» \o
«Mona Lisa (film)» Mona Lisa . HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-scottmcmahon» \o «» [17] The
instrumental «The Brazilian» was used in the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Animated movie»
animated movie HYPERLINK
«» \o «When the Wind
Blows» When the Wind Blows (whose score was written by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Roger Waters» Roger
Waters ).

After a hiatus of five years, Genesis reconvened to release HYPERLINK
«» \o «We Can’t Dance» We
Can’t Dance in 1991 — Collins’s last studio album with the group. The
album featured the successful singles » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jesus He Knows Me»
Jesus He Knows Me «, » HYPERLINK
«» \o «I Can’t Dance» I
Can’t Dance «, » HYPERLINK
«» \o «No Son of Mine» No
Son of Mine » ( HYPERLINK
\o «Genesis NoSonOfMine.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis NoSonOfMine.ogg» info )), » HYPERLINK
\o «Hold On My Heart» Hold On My Heart «, » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tell Me Why» Tell Me Why
«» \o
«Never A Time» Never A Time » (US release only) as well as lengthy
pieces such as «Driving the Last Spike» and «Fading Lights». The album
also included «Since I Lost You», which Collins wrote in memorial of the
death of HYPERLINK «» \o
«Eric Clapton» Eric Clapton ‘s son, Conor. After serving Genesis for
over 25 years, Collins left the band in March 1996, stating:


Having been in Genesis for 25 years, I felt it time to change
direction in my musical life. For me now, it will be music for movies,
some jazz projects, and of course my solo career. I wish the guys in
Genesis all the very best in their future. We remain the best of
friends. HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-philquits»
\o «» [24]    

Ray Wilson Era: 1997-1998

«Ray Wilson (musician)» Ray Wilson with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tony Banks
(musician)» Tony Banks in the background, performing with Genesis in
early 1998.

Rutherford and Banks elected to go on, and were able to fill in the gaps
of missing members. Drumming duties were shared by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nir Zidkyahu» Nir
Zidkyahu , an HYPERLINK «» \o
«Israeli» Israeli session drummer who had played with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hidden
Persuaders (band)» Hidden Persuaders , and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nick D’Virgilio»
Nick D’Virgilio from the progressive rock band HYPERLINK
«» \o «Spock’s Beard»
Spock’s Beard . HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-genesisfaq» \o «» [6] The difference in the two play styles was
noticeable, as D’Virgilio played softer, simple rhythms in comparison to
Zidkyahu’s pounding of the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Drums» skins . Regular touring
guitarist Stuermer was touring, ironically enough, with Collins’s solo
tour. HYPERLINK «» \o
«Anthony Drennan» Anthony Drennan , who had played with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Paul Brady» Paul Brady
and HYPERLINK «» \o «The Corrs»
The Corrs , was recruited as a replacement. Finally, Banks and
Rutherford replaced Collins with ex- HYPERLINK
«» \o «Stiltskin» Stiltskin
«» \o «Ray Wilson
(musician)» Ray Wilson . Other considered performers included
HYPERLINK «» \o «Paul Carrack»
Paul Carrack from Rutherford’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mike and the
Mechanics» Mike and the Mechanics to ex- HYPERLINK
«» \o «Marillion» Marillion
vocalist (and two-time Banks collaborator) HYPERLINK
«» \o «Fish (singer)»
Fish HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-carrack» \o
«» [25] to Gabriel. HYPERLINK
«» \o «Kevin Gilbert» Kevin
Gilbert was offered an audition just before he died tragically.
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-gilbert» \o «» [26]
According to producer HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nick Davis» Nick Davis ,
the only other serious candidate was David Langdon, who had never sung
with a band before; hence Wilson got the job. HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-davis» \o «» [27]

«» \o «Calling All
Stations» Calling All Stations (1997) sold well in Europe, with the
track «Congo» ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Genesis Congo.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o «Image:Genesis
Congo.ogg» info )) peaking at UK# 29. However, the album failed in
America without reaching the Billboard Top 50. Genesis cancelled a
planned American tour due to the album’s commercial failure. Genesis
has, for all intents and purposes, disbanded, but many of the members
remain in regular contact. The 1970-75 lineup of Banks, Collins,
Gabriel, Hackett and Rutherford, recorded a new version of «The Carpet
Crawlers» ( HYPERLINK
\o «Genesis CarpetCrawl.ogg» sample ( HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Image:Genesis CarpetCrawl.ogg» info )), done over many separate
sessions, for HYPERLINK
«» \o «Turn it on
Again: The Hits» Turn it on Again: The Hits . Collins, Banks and
Rutherford performed an HYPERLINK
«» \o «Acoustic music»
acoustic rendition of » HYPERLINK
«» \o «I Can’t Dance» I
Can’t Dance » at the Music Managers Forum in honor of their manager Tony
Smith in 2000. HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-mmf»
\o «» [28] Most of the original members were involved in the two
Archive boxed-set compilations. HYPERLINK
«» \o «Super Audio CD» Super
Audio CD re-releases of most of Genesis’s studio albums have been
announced, though they are still being mixed by Nick Davis.

Reunion rumours

Rumors of a Genesis reunion continue to resurface. In November 2005,
Gabriel told the press that «the odds are better than ever before» of a
Genesis reunion. Those comments followed reports by Collins that he was
open to talks about reuniting. Steve Hackett confirmed that he had
received a call from Genesis’s management about a possible reunion.
However, at the end of November 2005, Genesis’s management issued a
statement in response to the growing speculation regarding Genesis
members’ activities saying, «There are no decisions by Genesis to
perform anywhere whatsoever at this time. This situation will not alter
in the next twelve months.» HYPERLINK «»
\l «_note-genesisstatement» \o «» [29] In an April 2006 radio
interview, Collins revealed that the band had discussed new live staging
of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway during their meeting in November 2005.
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-lambremake» \o «»

According to Rolling Stone magazine ( HYPERLINK
«» \o «June 15» June 15 ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «2006» 2006 ) Genesis
is now considering reuniting their classic five-man lineup for a tour in
the near future.

Inspiration and influences

A wide range of music ranging from HYPERLINK
«» \o «European
classical music» classical music to mainstream rock and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jazz» jazz influenced Genesis.
Banks drew his influences from HYPERLINK
«» \o «Alan Price» Alan Price
of HYPERLINK «» \o «The
Animals» The Animals , who, according to Banks, was «[t]he first person
who made me aware of the organ in a rock context». HYPERLINK
«» \l «_note-banksinfl1» \o «» [31] Other
organists included HYPERLINK
«» \o «Procol Harum» Procol
Harum ‘s HYPERLINK «» \o
«Matthew Fisher» Matthew Fisher and the 1960s progressive rock band
HYPERLINK «» \o «The Nice» The
Nice . Classical influences include HYPERLINK
«» \o «Sergei
Rachmaninoff» Rachmaninov , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Maurice Ravel» Ravel ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «Gustav
Mahler» Mahler and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Dmitri
Shostakovich» Shostakovich .

Many of their contemporaries and immediate predecessors — HYPERLINK
«» \o «The Beatles» The Beatles
, HYPERLINK «» \o «The
Rolling Stones» The Rolling Stones , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Simon and
Garfunkel» Simon and Garfunkel — affected the band’s music. Collins
has cited HYPERLINK «» \o
«Buddy Rich» Buddy Rich and the jazz outfit HYPERLINK
«» \o «The
Mahavishnu Orchestra» The Mahavishnu Orchestra , while Gabriel’s early
career with Genesis was influenced by the music of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nina Simone» Nina Simone
and HYPERLINK «» \o «King
Crimson» King Crimson . HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-genesisfile» \o «» [32] Musical arrangements on the band’s
first album From Genesis to Revelation were influenced by the works of
The HYPERLINK «» \o «Moody
Blues» Moody Blues , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Family (band)»
Family , and The HYPERLINK «» \o
«Bee Gees» Bee Gees as Jonathan King was a self-professed admirer of
their music. Though similar to the extent that both Gabriel and
HYPERLINK «» \o «David Bowie»
David Bowie relied on on-stage theatrical performances, neither claimed
the other to be an influence. HYPERLINK «»
\l «_note-gabrielbowie» \o «» [33]

As a group that influenced the growth of the progressive rock genre,
Genesis has been cited as an influence for many progressive rock groups
such as HYPERLINK «» \o
«Camel (band)» Camel , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Kansas (band)»
Kansas , HYPERLINK «» \o «It
Bites» It Bites , HYPERLINK
«» \o «IQ (band)» IQ ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «Happy The
Man» Happy The Man , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Marillion» Marillion ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «Ange» Ange and
HYPERLINK «» \o «Goblin
(band)» Goblin . Several Genesis HYPERLINK
«» \o «Tribute band» tribute
bands such as HYPERLINK «» \o
«Re-Genesis» Re-Genesis , HYPERLINK
«» \o «The
Musical Box (band)» The Musical Box and HYPERLINK
«» \o
«In The Cage» In The Cage routinely perform Genesis’s older material
from the «Peter Gabriel» era. Incidentally, Collins became the first
artist to cover a Genesis song — «Behind The Lines», which he included
as the third track of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Face Value» Face Value .

Past members of Genesis have also «covered» Genesis material live on
solo shows — Gabriel played «The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway» and «Back
in NYC» while Hackett has performed «In That Quiet Earth», «Los Endos»,
«Horizons» HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-scottmcmahon» \o «» [17] and «Blood On The Rooftops». Hackett
has also performed «I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)» on solo tours
and on tour with his short lived supergroup HYPERLINK
«» \o «GTR (band)» GTR in
1986. Ray Wilson covered the biggest amount of Genesis Songs during his
solo concerts. On his two solo live albums HYPERLINK
edit» \o «Live (ray wilson)» Live and HYPERLINK
» \o «Life and Acoustic» Life and Acoustic you can find the Genesis
songs «Carpet Crawlers», «Follow you Follow me», » HYPERLINK
«» \o «I Can’t Dance» I
Can’t Dance «, «The Lamb lies down on Broadway», » HYPERLINK
«» \o «No Son of Mine» No
Son of Mine «, «Shipwrecked» and » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mama (1983
song)» Mama «. Surprisingly he also interpreted two solo career songs
of his two predecessors in Genesis as he sang » HYPERLINK
«» \o «In the Air
Tonight» In the Air Tonight » (Collins) and » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Biko (song)» Biko »
(Gabriel). HYPERLINK «» \o
«Jeff Buckley» Jeff Buckley reworked «Back in NYC» on the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Posthumous» posthumously
released 1998 HYPERLINK
«» \o
«Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk» Sketches for My Sweetheart the
Drunk . The HYPERLINK «» \o
«Sweden» Swedish HYPERLINK
«» \o «Death metal» death metal
band HYPERLINK «» \o «In
Flames» In Flames covered » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Land of Confusion»
Land of Confusion » on HYPERLINK
«» \o «Trigger (EP)»
Trigger (EP) , as did HYPERLINK
«» \o «Disturbed» Disturbed on
their 2005 album HYPERLINK
«» \o «Ten Thousand
Fists» Ten Thousand Fists . Disco-pop band Alcazar, also from
HYPERLINK «» \o «Sweden» Sweden ,
has covered parts of » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Land of Confusion»
Land of Confusion in their song HYPERLINK
action=edit» \o «This is the world we live in» This is the world we
live in «.

«» \o «List of
Genesis covers» List of Genesis covers

Album cover art

«Foxtrot (album)» Foxtrot cover was designed by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Paul Whitehead» Paul
Whitehead .

Genesis’s album covers incorporated more complex and intricate art to
reflect the themes presented in their albums. Their first album, From
Genesis to Revelation was a plain black album cover with Genesis written
in a green HYPERLINK «» \o
«Gothic script» gothic HYPERLINK
«» \o «Typeface» typeface on the
top left of the cover. The album covers of this album have changed with
its numerous re-releases. Genesis’s three subsequent album covers were
developed by popular HYPERLINK
«» \o «Charisma Records»
Charisma Records graphic artist HYPERLINK
«» \o «Paul Whitehead» Paul
Whitehead , who also developed the Charisma » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mad Hatter» Mad Hatter »
logo. The Foxtrot album cover is popular among Genesis fans; the front
cover depicts a feminine figure in a red dress with the head of a fox.
Whitehead stated in an interview that HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jimi Hendrix» Jimi
Hendrix ‘s » HYPERLINK «» \o
«Foxy Lady» Foxy Lady » was an inspiration for the character he
created. HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-whitehead»
\o «» [34] After Whitehead moved to HYPERLINK
«» \o «Los Angeles» Los Angeles
, Genesis signed with the reputed HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hipgnosis» Hipgnosis ,
whose artists had created high profile album covers for HYPERLINK
«» \o «Pink Floyd» Pink Floyd ‘s
«Dark Side of the Moon» Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin’s
HYPERLINK «» \o «Houses
of the Holy» Houses of the Holy . Hipgnosis’s first Genesis album cover
was for The Lamb, which for the first time in Genesis’s history featured
a male model. The model, credited simply as «Omar» on the album sleeve,
portrayed the The Lamb protagonist » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Rael
(character)» Rael «.

Through the rest of the 1970s, various Hipgnosis artists, of whom Colin
Elgie contributed heavily, designed all Genesis studio albums. The Trick
of the Tail album cover was representative of many of the characters in
the album — the robber from «Robbery, Assault and Battery», the beast
from the title track and a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Metaphor» metaphoric image
of old age reminiscing about youth from the song «Ripples». Beginning
with Duke, Genesis albums featured caricatures designed by Bill Smith
Studios. Genesis’s highest selling album Invisible Touch featured the
artwork of Assorted Images which had previously designed album covers
for HYPERLINK «» \o «Duran
Duran» Duran Duran and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Culture Club» Culture
Club . The We Can’t Dance cover features the work of Felicity Bowers —
the cover is reminiscent of Wind & Wuthering, and is presented in hazy
HYPERLINK «» \o «Watercolour»
watercolour . The Calling All Stations and the compilation Turn it on
Again: The Hits covers were designed by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Wherefore Art?»
Wherefore Art? .


«…brush back your hair, and let me get to know your face.» HYPERLINK
«» \o «Peter Gabriel» Peter
Gabriel in costume as an old man. Gabriel’s costumes illustrate the
band’s musical concepts.

Genesis’s progressive rock roots made them unlike many of their
HYPERLINK «» \o «Rock
(music)» rock contemporaries such as HYPERLINK
«» \o «Led Zeppelin» Led
Zeppelin or HYPERLINK «» \o
«Black Sabbath» Black Sabbath . Indeed, one article in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Q Magazine» Q Magazine
speaks of a 1977 HYPERLINK «» \o
«Ray Lowry» Ray Lowry cartoon that depicted an arena of «either
asleep, moribund,[or] comatose» fans watching Genesis perform live, with
the band’s name emblazoned on a banner above the stage reading
«_note-genesnooze» \o «» [35] Much of the criticism surrounding the
band in the 1970s was centred around progressive rock in general, which
many dismissed as «intellectual» or «pretentious». Gabriel’s theatrics
appeared unpalatable to mainstream rock fans as well as many Genesis
fans. HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-completeguide» \o «» [3] This was exemplified during live
performances of Gabriel’s last Genesis album, The Lamb, during which he
appeared on stage as various characters in his storyline such as the
Slipperman. The storyline for The Lamb, which was independently
developed by Gabriel, proved hard to understand and accept and caused
friction within the band. HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-completeguide» \o «» [3] Collins recalled later, «He’d be in a
Slipperman costume trying to get a mike anywhere near his throat, and be
out of breath — all twisted up. Towards the end I felt the singing
wasn’t really being heard; the songs weren’t really being heard».
HYPERLINK «» \l «_note-autodiscography» \o
«» [7]

Genesis’ transition from playing lengthy complex material to more
compact, radio friendly material was not well received by many critics;
one particular review of …And Then There Were Three… read, «[i]n
short, this contemptible opus is but the palest shadow of the group’s
earlier accomplishments. Not only is the damage irreversible, it’s been
widely endorsed: …And Then There Were Three… is Genesis’s first U.S.
gold record». HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-attwt» \o «» [36] Collins himself has often been criticized for
Genesis’s transformation from a progressive rock outfit to a mainstream
rock / HYPERLINK «» \o «Pop
music» pop band, playing much the same type of music that Collins did
as a solo artist. «I don’t feel we’ve bastardized the way we were»,
Collins said in an interview with Music Express. «On a generous day I’ll
blame me for the change, but I just think it is us growing up, listening
to different things». HYPERLINK «» \l
«_note-collinsinterview» \o «» [37]


Main article: HYPERLINK
«» \o «Genesis
discography» Genesis discography


HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-albumssold_0» \o «»

«_ref-raywilsonreleased_0» \o «» ^ » HYPERLINK
«» \o
«» World of
Genesis: Ray Wilson Interview »

^ HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-completeguide_0»
\o «» a   HYPERLINK «» \l
«_ref-completeguide_1» \o «» b   HYPERLINK
«» \l «_ref-completeguide_2» \o «» c  
HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-completeguide_3» \o
«» d   HYPERLINK «» \l
«_ref-completeguide_4» \o «» e Welch, Cris. The Complete Guide to the
Music of Genesis. London: Omnibus Press. 1995

HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-king_0» \o «» ^
«» «And The World Was …

HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-fromgenesisto_0» \o
«» ^ King, Jonathan. «In the Beginning». HYPERLINK
«» \o «From
Genesis to Revelation» From Genesis to Revelation (sleevenotes). 1993

^ HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-genesisfaq_0» \o
«» a   HYPERLINK «» \l
«_ref-genesisfaq_1» \o «» b   HYPERLINK
«» \l «_ref-genesisfaq_2» \o «» c
Ostrich, Michael. HYPERLINK
«» \o
«» «Genesis
Frequently Asked Questions List Version 2.6» . HYPERLINK
«» \o «December 21» 21 December
HYPERLINK «» \o «1998» 1998

«_ref-autodiscography_0» \o «» a   HYPERLINK
«» \l «_ref-autodiscography_1» \o «» b  
HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-autodiscography_2» \o
«» c Young, John. HYPERLINK
«» \o
«» «Genesis Look at
Themselves» Trouser Press Magazine. March 1982

HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-gabrielnyt_0» \o «»
«» «Some New York Times
Reviews ’72-’74»

HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-sebtp_0» \o «» ^
Malamut, Bruce. HYPERLINK
«» \o
«» «Selling England by the
Pound» . March 1974

HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-genesisbio_0» \o «»
^ Bowler, Dray. «Genesis: A Biography». London: Sidwick & Jackson.

HYPERLINK «» \l «_ref-hacketttapping_0»
\o «» ^ Alspach, Steve. HYPERLINK
«» \o
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