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Genesis

Genesis was one of the most popular progressive rock bands in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. During the 1970;s, Peter Gabriel was the lead singer until his departure, when drummer Phil Collins stepped up to the mic and replaced him.

Starting as an amalgam of two bands formed by schoolboys attending Charterhouse School in Godalming,England, the original lineup consisted of Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Chris Stewart, though Stewart was soon replaced as drummer by John Silver and then John Mayhew. By the end of 1970, Phillips and Mayhew had l ...read more

Genesis was one of the most popular progressive rock bands in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. During the 1970;s, Peter Gabriel was the lead singer until his departure, when drummer Phil Collins stepped up to the mic and replaced him.

Starting as an amalgam of two bands formed by schoolboys attending Charterhouse School in Godalming,England, the original lineup consisted of Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Chris Stewart, though Stewart was soon replaced as drummer by John Silver and then John Mayhew. By the end of 1970, Phillips and Mayhew had left the band, with Collins joining as drummer, and by early 1971, guitarist Steve Hackett had filled the gap left by Phillips.The lineup of Gabriel,Banks, Hackett, Rutherford, and Collins remained in place until Gabriel’s departure in 1975.

During the period of 1970-1975, the band produced some of the most widely-acclaimed albums of the progressive rock era,including “Nursery Cryme”,“Foxtrot” (featuring the side-long epic “Supper’s Ready”) and the seminal album“Selling England by the Pound”, which generated Genesis’ first foray into the charts with “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)”.This lineup culminated with the band’s magnum opus “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” in 1974. Following the tour promoting the album, frontman Peter Gabriel left the group in mid 1975.

Genesis decided to continue on as a four-piece, producing two albums, “A Trick Of The Tail” and “Wind & Wuthering”,which found the band proving to themselves and to the world that they could move on after Gabriel’s departure. Collins stepped up to fill the role of lead vocalist after countless auditions for a new singer proved fruitless by the completion of recording for “A Trick of the Tail”. Hackett quietly departed after the “Wind & Wuthering” tour in 1977, feeling that his creative input for the band was being repressed.

Genesis then became a trio which began to move away from the dying embers of progressive rock.They established themselves as a more commercially-friendly outfit with the release of their 1978 album “…And Then There Were Three…”,finding their first U.S. hit with the single “Follow You Follow Me”.

Banks, Rutherford, and Collins became more adept at writing radio-friendly songs in the 1980's. This reached a peak with the release of 1986’s “Invisible Touch”, in which more than half of the album’s eight songs made it to the singles chart, including the title track, “Land Of Confusion” and “In Too Deep”. All three band members produced solo albums during Genesis’ downtime in the 80's and 90's - most notably Collins’ increasingly successful solo work, and Rutherford’s sideline group“Mike and The Mechanics” which found moderate success - with evolving styles reflected both solo and when recording together as Genesis.

Collins left the group in 1996, and was replaced vocally by Ray Wilson, the former lead singer of Scottish band“Stiltskin”. Israeli born drummer Nir Zidkyahu and “Spock’s Beard” drummer Nick D’Virgilio stepped in to fill the drumming role. Their 1997 album“Calling All Stations” was unable to find worldwide success, and despite scoring a minor U.K. hit with“Congo”, the group slowly faded out of public consciousness. In 1998, after the “Calling All Stations” tour (the U.S. leg of which was cut short due to poor album sales), Wilson was released from the band, and Zidkyahu and D’Virgilio, having never been “official” band members, went their separate ways. The band, now down to only Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, took a break from performing and recording. In 1999, Banks, Rutherford, Collins, Gabriel, and Hackett collaborated to re-record “The Carpet Crawlers” for the greatest hits compilation “Turn It on Again: The Hits”.

During the latter part of 2005, rumors spread that the band would reform again in its most famous five-man configuration. Genesis' management stated that there were no current plans at that time, and that nothing would change in the following twelve months. Phil Collins then said in a radio interview in April 2006 that the classic Genesis line-up was considering a new live-staging of “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, but it was not to be. On 7th November 2006, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford announced they would be doing a twenty-date tour of Europe in the summer of 2007,with a North American tour to follow.

In April 2011, Phil Collins, after completing a reunion tour with Genesis, said in a newspaper interview that he has no plans to tour or make another album, retiring after over 40 years in the music business and effectively ending the group. « hide

Similar Bands: Steve Hackett, Camel, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Gentle Giant

LPs
Calling All Stations
1997

1.9
241 Votes
We Can't Dance
1991

2.5
280 Votes
Invisible Touch
1986

2.9
348 Votes
Genesis
1983

3.1
248 Votes
Abacab
1981

3
250 Votes
Duke
1980

3.5
281 Votes
...And Then There Were Three...
1978

3
245 Votes
Wind & Wuthering
1976

3.8
313 Votes
A Trick of the Tail
1976

4.1
447 Votes
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
1974

4.4
702 Votes
Selling England by the Pound
1973

4.5
978 Votes
Foxtrot
1972

4.4
690 Votes
Nursery Cryme
1971

4.2
566 Votes
Trespass
1970

3.7
411 Votes
From Genesis to Revelation
1969

2.6
193 Votes
EPs
3X3
1982

2.5
17 Votes
Spot the Pigeon
1977

3.1
27 Votes
Live Albums
Live Over Europe 2007
2007

3.1
22 Votes
The Way We Walk, Volume 2: The Longs
1993

3.3
19 Votes
The Way We Walk, Volume 1: The Shorts
1992

2.9
17 Votes
Three Sides Live
1982

3.4
31 Votes
Seconds Out
1977

4.2
83 Votes
Live
1973

4.1
95 Votes
Compilations
R-Kive
2014

4
1 Votes
Genesis Live 1973-2007
2009

4
1 Votes
Genesis 1970-1975
2008

4.8
6 Votes
Genesis 1983-1998
2007

2.3
3 Votes
Genesis 1976-1982
2007

3.7
3 Votes
Platinum Collection
2004

3.8
17 Votes
Archive #2 (1976-1992)
2000

3
8 Votes
Turn It On Again: The Hits
1999

3.3
25 Votes
Archive #1 (1967-1975)
1998

4.5
32 Votes

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