A Conversation for Genesis - the Band

Yes, I remember

Post 1

Project Manager Extraordinaire

I am old enough to remember atleast one of your descriptions - but I'm not saying which.
I agree. That is just how it was.

I guess we ought to contact the BBC to ask if they have a grainy old video to support your words. Then we could make a documentary to put across the full drama of GENESIS to an unbelieving world.

Well done smiley - smiley

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Post 2


Too late. BBC Scotland have already done it!

IMHO, Peter Gabriel is mostly harmless. It's Phil Collins that the universe should be wary of, along with all other singing drummers.

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Post 3


I do not remember - I am too young, and my mother was kind enough not to subject me to such things in utero. I did enjoy Invisible Touch...when I was 12.
Singing drummers are not all bad. It worked for the Carpenters (anorexia aside) and is working quite nicely for an Australian band called Spiderbait - to whom I have no connection but as a fan.
Their drummer's name is Cram, and he doesn't sing so much as shout tunefully.
The only people who truly seem to appreciate both types of Genesis are Christian Youth Group leaders.

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Post 4

Queex Quimwrangler (Not Egon)

I am not old enough to remember either, although my significant other is fond of subjecting me to "Apocalypse in 9/8" whenever I don't run away fast enough.

Such is life.

6-hour songs...?

Post 5


About those 6-hour songs. Aren't you mixing up Genesis with the Grateful Dead ?

6-hour songs...?

Post 6

Spirit of Olias (occasional spectre)

Sounds more like 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' to me.

6-hour songs...?

Post 7

Dr Prunesquallor

I am old enough and the longest song they did was "Supper's ready"
which lasted about 30 mins and was ok. The length of the song is
irrelevant it was the weird surreal Peter Gabriel lyrics that made
them original and different especially at the time. Now they just seem
out of date...

6-hour songs...?

Post 8


They have a certain charm, though, don't you think? "Selling England by the Pound" makes me all patriotic. I don't know why, cos Genesis were a bunch of public schoolboys from the home counties and I'm just a scumbag from Geordieland. And a big Marillion fan.

6-hour songs...?

Post 9


Genesis WAS - for a couple of years - the greatest, most innovative band on the whole miserable little blue-green planet. Never content with their sound they had AMCO (in the states) build them a completely new P.A.-system, Disaster Area-like ! And Hey, what are these stupid lights ? Let's build a new laser-guided stage-show, etcetera. The fact that they had a 5.000.000 pounds debt in 1976 didn't interest them in the least until they got a new manager(that's what they're for right..).
I don't think you have to actually like the music to respect those guys for that...I mean all major bands use the technology that Genesis made available and we all benefit from that. I hate Tinnitus, I'll put up with a limiter/compressor anyday. If Jimi hadn't died so young he probably would be deaf anyway today without bands like G.

Is this getting too technical fellow-researchers..?

6-hour songs...?

Post 10

Researcher 45560

Or Mike Oldfield?

6-hour songs...?

Post 11

Researcher 45560

His songs go on for half an hour ......... but it feels like a fortnight.

6-hour songs...?

Post 12

Grey Area

They should also be praised for their amazing technical skills: the single "I Know What I Like In My Wardrobe" also goes on for what seems like six hours...

6-hour songs...?

Post 13

Chalaza Researcher 16977

Why are they only six hour songs...did they rest on the seventh hour?

Listen to Madness

Post 14

Fredie Ghooouulashhhh

I think that Madness was the best group ever. Therefore every one should listen to them. smiley - smiley

Listen to Madness

Post 15


That's Madness !

6-hour songs...?

Post 16


Genesis was/is a British band and they started out in the 70-ies. Can anyone still remember what the Unions were like in those days ? I remember that UK had a big hit with Rendez-vous 6:02 but they had to hire real violinplayers(instead of using a mellotron) and their drummer was actually thrown out of the country because he wasn't allowed to play without a permit ! Six hours must have been the
union-limit for a song.

Dangerous singing drummers

Post 17


Agreed. Don Henley is the Antichrist of rock.

6-hour songs...?

Post 18


Was there a music union in those days, it sounds like a very odd concept to me.
Do musicians really need someone to stand up for their rights to have a tea break in the middle of a session.
Most peculiar.

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Post 19

Phryne- 'Best Suppurating Actress'

I don't, you know. He's making it up as he goes along.

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Post 20


You don't know what?? I have read through the postings and have yet to make sense of this remark. Perhaps my short term memory is playing up. Perhaps my short term memory is playing up.

I do gfind it odd that in the 70's there were many 'concept' bands, of which Genesis, and Yes are top of my persoanl lists, and although there seems to be a retro movement going on, it does not seem to include this type of music.
Any I deas fellow H2G2ers?

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