Genesis (band)

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Genesis live at the Olympiastadion Berlin (2007)
Genesis live at the Olympiastadion Berlin (2007)
General information
origin Godalming
Genre (s) Progressive rock , art rock , pop rock
founding 1967
Founding members
Tony Banks
Mike Rutherford
Peter Gabriel (until 1975)
Anthony Phillips (until 1970)
Chris Stewart (until 1968)
Current occupation
Tony Banks
Bass, guitar
Mike Rutherford
Vocals, drums
Phil Collins (1970–1996, since 2006)
former members
John Silver (1968-1969)
John Mayhew(1969–1970)
Mick Barnard (1970)
Steve Hackett (1971-1977)
Ray Wilson (1997-1999)
Important studio and live musicians
Chester Thompson (since 1977, live)
Guitar, bass
Daryl Stuermer (since 1978, live)
Bill Bruford (1976, live)
Phenix Horns (1981, studio)
Nick D'Virgilio (1997, studio)
Nir Zidkyahu
(1997–1998, studio / live)
Guitar, bass
Anthony Drennan (1997-1998, live)

Genesis is an influential British rock band founded in 1967 that is still one of the most commercially successful bands with over 150 million albums sold worldwide. Characterized by its independent members, the band went through different musical eras.

The initial combination of complex song structures, sophisticated instrumentation and arrangements as well as theatrical live performances made the originally five-piece formation one of the most important and popular representatives of progressive rock alongside King Crimson , Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Yes at a relatively early stage in their career 1970s.

After founding member and frontman Peter Gabriel left in 1975 and guitarist Steve Hackett left in 1977, the remaining trio, consisting of Tony Banks , Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford , went through a stylistic change from the late 1970s. With their mostly radio-friendly mainstream rock, Genesis became one of the most commercially successful music groups of the 1980s and early 1990s.

After Collins' temporary departure from the band, the singer Ray Wilson was engaged in 1997 , with whom an album and subsequent tour were realized. The band then appeared with anthologies of their previous pieces, the release of previously unofficial archive material and new SACD mixes of their albums.

In the summer of 2007, Genesis toured Europe and North America again with Phil Collins. In March 2010, Genesis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a major and influential band .

Band history

The beginnings

Anthony Phillips, 2005
John Silver, 2006

The roots of Genesis are at the Charterhouse School in Godalming ( Surrey to find). In 1963, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks first entered the traditional, elitist private school. Both were frustrated by the then very strict and repressive rules of an English public school and used their little free time to make music together. Tony Banks has been playing the piano since early childhood. Peter Gabriel also took piano lessons in his youth, but soon became more interested in drums. Since both of them only had one piano at school, it was agreed that Banks would play it while Gabriel sang. Both of them initially played well-known rock and pop songs of their time, but also quickly composed their first pieces.

In 1964, a year after Banks and Gabriel, Mike Rutherford joined the school. He has been playing the guitar since he was seven. He made friends with another guitarist, Anthony Phillips , and subsequently played with him. Together with their classmates Richard Macphail, Rivers Jobe († 1979) and Rob Tyrrell, the two founded their own band Anon in 1965. Phillips was the group's lead guitarist while Rutherford took over the rhythm guitar . Macphail (later road manager and sound mixer of the early Genesis until April 1973) contributed the lead vocals. Anon initially limited himself to reenacting titles from the Rolling Stones or other well-known rock and pop greats of their time. For a while Rutherford was replaced by Mick Colman († 2010), as he also pursued another band project called Climax with the drummer Chris Stewart .

Around the same time, Banks and Gabriel joined trumpeter Johnny Trapman's school band The Garden Wall. Chris Stewart joined them as drummer, while River's job also took on the part of bassist. In the summer of 1966 the bands Anon, The Garden Wall and Climax performed together at a charterhouse school concert, with the lack of members causing them to partially merge. It is unclear who exactly played with whom, as the later Genesis members gave different information about it at different times. The concert was an important event for everyone involved, although the school management canceled it shortly before the end: Rebel Richard Macphail had dared to announce the last song despite an express ban.

A short time later, Anon broke up and Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips retired to write songs together. When they wanted to record some of their pieces in 1967, they asked Tony Banks for musical assistance on the piano. Banks convinced Phillips to add Peter Gabriel as a singer. For his part, Rutherford switched from rhythm guitar to bass, as River's job had meanwhile finished school and joined the blues rock band Savoy Brown . In this line-up they recorded the Phillips / Rutherford compositions Don't Want You Back, Try a Little Sadness, That's Me, Listen on Five and Patricia as well as the Banks / Gabriel piece She Is Beautiful with a friend during the Easter break . Then Chris Stewart was hired as a drummer, who completed the first line-up of the band.

The Peter Gabriel Era

First singles and debut album

When the former Charterhouse student Jonathan King , now a relatively successful music producer , came to visit his former school that same year , the band sent him their demo tape. King was enthusiastic about the recordings and, after producing another demo for him, signed the young band to his record company Jonjo Music. He had precise ideas about how the group should sound and insisted on simple arrangements with calm instrumentation of acoustic guitar and piano.

In this style they recorded their first single Where the Sour Turns to Sweet , which was not released. In the background, the band was already composing longer and more complex pieces, which King disliked. So they wrote the simple title The Silent Sun, with which they convinced him again. King promptly produced the song with them as a single in December 1967, which was released on February 2, 1968 on the Decca label. The band, which until then had traded "half-heartedly" as New Anon, needed a brilliant name for the release. After various equally bad ideas such as Champagne Meadow or Gabriel's Angels, Jonathan King finally suggested the name Genesis , which should suggest the beginning of something new and which appealed to all members. Then they released another single, A Winter's Tale , which, like the previous one, remained unsuccessful. After that, drummer Chris Stewart was replaced by John Silver at King's behest .

With Silver, Genesis recorded their first album in September 1968 at Regent Studios in London in just one and a half days. It appeared in March 1969 without explicitly mentioning the band name, because at that time a US band already existed, which was also called "Genesis". For a while the band therefore called itself "Revelation", and only after the said US formation broke up did they switch back to the band name "Genesis". The album's title, From Genesis to Revelation , indirectly referred to the naming problems, but prompted record stores to erroneously classify the album as “religious music” - with the result that it went under with only about 600 copies sold . Even the single release of the track Where the Sour Turns to Sweet in June 1969 failed to increase sales. Without exception, the short and catchy pieces on the record did not yet correspond to the musical potential of Genesis, but were rather adapted to the tastes of their producer Jonathan King. Its strings and winds passages, which were added later, met with little approval from the band - especially Anthony Phillips - and due to the increasing artistic differences they finally separated from King. In the meantime, all members had graduated from school and were in the process of finding out what their future development was.

Reorientation (getting it together in the country)

After a break of several months, the band met again in the summer of 1969. Gabriel, Phillips, Banks and Rutherford quickly rediscovered their joy in music and decided to become professional musicians. John Silver, who had left the band to study in the United States, was replaced by the new drummer, John Mayhew . On August 20, the group recorded a demo tape with the new songs White Mountain, Family (an early version of Dusk , which appeared on Trespass in 1970 ), Going Out to Get You and Pacidy . During this phase, the band members all bought their first professional instruments with borrowed money and continued to improve their instrumental skills.

From October 1969 to April 1970 the band moved into a secluded weekend house, the Christmas Cottage of their friend Richard Macphail's parents, in order to work intensively on their music for the first time over a long period of time. Despite some differences between the band members, the collective musical endeavors made a giant leap forward here. During this time, Genesis also used every opportunity to test the titles live and in front of an audience, creating the first small but loyal fan base. The band's first regular live gig took place on November 1, 1969 at Brunel University in Uxbridge , and the setlist of the earliest concerts soon shifted to In the Beginning, The Serpent (both From-Genesis-to-Revelation - Remnants ), Pacidy, Key to Love ( Bluesbreakers Cover), Visions of Angels, Going Out to Get You, Stagnation, Little Leaf (unreleased Phillips composition, heard today as Old Wive's Tale on two different Phillips CDs and at the beginning of resignation on the box set Genesis 1970–1975 ) and The Knife .

Two recording sessions also fall into this phase: On January 9, 1970, the band recorded four pieces for a never-aired BBC television documentary about the painter Mick Jackson. The mostly instrumental tracks Provocation, Frustration, Manipulation and Resignation produced by Paul Samwell-Smith are known in fan circles as Jackson tapes . On February 22nd, Genesis recorded the tracks Shepherd, Pacidy, Let Us Now Make Love, Stagnation, Looking for Someone and Dusk live at the BBC Maida Vale Studios for the BBC radio show Nightride .

When looking for a suitable record company, the band initially sympathized with Iceland , Chrysalis and the threshold label of Moody Blues . The problem resolved itself, however, when Genesis played as opening act for Rare Bird and Tony Stratton-Smith was recommended by their keyboardist Graham Field . When he attended one of their performances, he was so impressed by the piece Visions of Angels that he immediately signed the band to his label Charisma Records . Genesis recorded their second album for Charisma in June and July.

Trespass was released on October 23, 1970 and is now considered by many fans to be the group's first “real”, unadulterated album. Compared to their first album, Genesis' music had developed significantly: the short pop songs were replaced by titles up to nine minutes long with extensive instrumental parts. Trespass is generally more acoustical and dominated by twelve-string guitars, organ and piano. Only the early live favorite The Knife is designed as a dynamic rock number and characterized by aggressive electric guitar play. This title was released as a single - divided into two parts - in May of the following year. Despite some good reviews, the album was not very successful commercially.

Shortly after the recordings for Trespass , there was a change in personnel in the band in July: guitarist Anthony Phillips left the group due to artistic differences and due to illness. He suffered from stage fright, was weakened by the numerous appearances and often disagreed with the other band members on musical issues. This exit represented a great loss for Genesis, as they lost not only their guitarist but also an important songwriter and the actual early key figure in the band. The following period is still described by the remaining members as the greatest crisis in the band's history. In the course of Phillips' departure, Genesis also parted ways with drummer John Mayhew, who could no longer maintain the band's now high musical level. After a brief period of perplexity, in which even the end of the band was under discussion, it was finally decided to go ahead and look for a new 12-string guitarist and a capable drummer via an advertisement in Melody Maker .

Phil Collins and Steve Hackett join

The Moonlit Knight - Peter Gabriel at a Genesis concert in October 1974 at Massey Hall , Toronto

Phil Collins answered the ad . He had played drums since early childhood and had a role in the musical Oliver! Had gained stage experience. He had also worked in several film and television productions, including as an extra in the Beatles film Yeah Yeah Yeah (A Hard Day's Night) . Together with his friend Ronnie Caryl he played in the relatively unknown band Flaming Youth, which had released the album Ark 2 in 1969 . He was just looking for a new musical challenge when he found out that Genesis was looking for new musicians. In August 1970 he and guitarist Caryl responded to the ad, and they were invited to audition at Peter Gabriel's parents' house. It quickly became clear that Collins would get the job as a drummer. Not only did he play the Genesis pieces convincingly, but he was also a human fit for the band.

The search for a suitable guitarist turned out to be more difficult as Genesis was not only looking for an instrumentalist, but also a songwriter who would fit into the band. In addition, the demands placed on the new band member, especially by Mike Rutherford, were very high. So it happened that the role of guitarist remained vacant for the time being, as Ronnie Caryl had not been awarded the contract at the joint performance with Collins. Therefore Genesis played as a quartet for a few months and Tony Banks took over the guitar parts on his keyboards. For a short time the guitarist Mick Barnard joined the band, who, however, could not reach the level of the rest of the band members.

In December 1970, Peter Gabriel spotted a musician-see-band ad in Melody Maker for guitarist Steve Hackett , who introduced himself as "A Able Accordionist", which guaranteed his ad top spot in the alphabetically sorted list of ads. Hackett played electric and acoustic guitar since the mid-1960s. He had already left school at the age of 16 and then played in various bands. He was influenced by the blues guitarists of his time such as Eric Clapton , as well as by more experimental guitar artists such as Jeff Beck and later Robert Fripp . In his playing, it was less a matter of speed than of getting into new melodic and harmonic realms with his guitar. Gabriel called him and advised him to listen to the piece Stagnation by Trespass and to get in touch if he liked it. After a free concert by the band at the London Lyceum, which Hackett attended, he was invited to audition in Tony Banks' apartment and got the job. With their first joint appearance on January 14, 1971, the “classic” line-up of Genesis was complete.

The first months of 1971 were marked by the Charisma Package Tour, also known as the Six Bob Tour due to the low ticket prices (six bob = six British shillings). Label boss Tony Stratton-Smith let his three most promising bands tour together and Genesis opened the concerts for Van der Graaf Generator and Lindisfarne . In between, Genesis made their first appearance outside of Great Britain in March in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium .

The first album with the two new band members, Nursery Cryme , was recorded in August 1971 and released in November. It contained the classically influenced The Fountain of Salmacis and with The Musical Box one of the greatest Genesis classics, in the process of which Hackett's predecessors Phillips and Barnard had a share. Collins enriched the group sound with his sometimes jazzy style and was also heard for the first time as lead singer on the short piece For Absent Friends . Hackett added aggression on the one hand and a wider atmospheric range on the other.

International success

After successes in Belgium ( Trespass at the top of the charts) and Italy ( Nursery Cryme at No. 4), Genesis ended up on the continent in early 1972: after a gig in Brussels in January, the band played thirteen concerts in Italy in April on the way back she made her German debut in the Frankfurter Ginkkasten . The single Happy the Man went undone in May 1972, but the album Foxtrot , released in October with the epic Supper's Ready and the Arthur C. Clarke- inspired Watcher of the Skies , also brought the band their own commercial breakthrough Country (12th place). In Italy, Foxtrot was number 1 on the LP charts for months.

Until then, the band had mostly appeared as a support act for other acts or as part of festival programs, but the Foxtrot tour of 1972/73, documented on the album Genesis Live , was their first tour as the main attraction. This is how the band performed in the Paris Bataclan . At this time Gabriel began to experiment with various disguises and masks in order to visually underline the often surrealistic lyrics of the band. His eccentric stage show and the general combination of music and optics in the concerts made Genesis very popular. Until then, managed by Tony Stratton-Smith and himself more badly than right, the band signed Tony Smith for the first time in 1973, a professional manager who from then on marketed all Genesis works (from 1977 with his company Hit & Run Music Publishing).

Selling England by the Pound (at the time an election campaign slogan of the Labor Party ) showed the band at the end of 1973 with much more earthly lyrics, finer nuanced sound and even greater filigree and virtuosity on the instruments. The album included classics such as Firth of Fifth , The Cinema Show and I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) , which from then on were part of the band's live repertoire. Steve Hackett was one of the first guitarists to introduce the technique of tapping and sweep picking , which is often incorrectly attributed to Eddie Van Halen or Yngwie Malmsteen . Both techniquescan be heardin the song Dancing with the Moonlit Knight . The release I Know What I Like became the band's first smaller single hit in early 1974.

The concept double album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and the subsequent tour represent the opinion of many fans the artistic high point in the career of Peter Gabriel. The album was released on November 18, 1974, is about the fantastic and surreal journey of Puerto Rican Punks Rael in New York, who has to save his brother John in a parallel universe. In particular, the first record of the double album is dominated by shorter pieces, which is a clear departure from the rather longer and extended songs of previous albums. The use of distorted instruments, new electronic keyboard sounds and other synthetic sounds (such as the effects on Gabriel's voice in the song The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging ) had come to the fore. This was in striking contrast to the previous albums, which "old" Genesis fans didn't necessarily like, but opened up new audiences. On The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway the band practiced a kind of division of labor: Gabriel wrote the story and the lyrics (with the exception of the lyrics for The Light Dies Down on Broadway, for which he received support from Banks and Rutherford), the other band members composed the Music (with the exception of Counting out Time and Carpet Crawlers, which Gabriel was involved in).

On November 12th, Genesis went on a world tour with their work, and since The Lamb ... was a concept album, it was performed in full. The group made extensive use of light and laser effects ; Most of the effect devices used at the time were custom-made by Theo Botschuijver from the Netherlands. A special hand laser enabled Peter Gabriel to bother the audience with various lighting effects, while his slipperman costume represented the highlight of his masquerades, which was not appreciated by everyone. Collins later recalled, “He was in that 'Slipperman' costume and was trying to get the microphone close to his mouth somehow, getting tangled and getting breathless. Towards the end I found that the vocals couldn't really be heard. ”Already at the beginning of the tour, in December 1974, Peter Gabriel had announced to his bandmates that he would be leaving.

Peter Gabriel's farewell

Peter Gabriel as solo artist, 2004

The reasons for Peter Gabriel's departure from Genesis were complex: the band was increasingly perceived by the public as "Gabriel and his teammates", which had led to internal tensions. These intensified when, in the middle of the writing process for The Lamb , the front man wanted to accept an offer from director William Friedkin for a joint film project. When there were complications with the birth of Gabriel's first daughter at the end of July, shortly before the album was recorded, the mutual alienation was perfect: The other (childless) band members showed little understanding for Gabriel's desire to take more care of his wife and child instead of devoting all of his time to the band, whose breakthrough in the USA was palpable. According to the singer's statement later, he felt “dehumanized” by the circumstances at the time.

Gabriel's departure finally took place on May 22, 1975 with the last concert of the The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour in Besançon , France , but was not made public until August. Originally the musician wanted to say goodbye to the rock business forever, but in the same year he took up the first demos with solo material again. In the spring of 1976, a session took place in London's Trident Studios in which Gabriel recorded early versions of his pieces Here Comes the Flood , Slowburn and Flotsam and Jetsam together with Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and John Goodsall from Brand X, among others . The song Solsbury Hill from his first solo album Peter Gabriel (1977) was an allegory about his departure from Genesis, in which he thought of his ex-colleagues with lines like "no-one taught them etiquette". Despite the harsh interpersonal conflicts at the time, Gabriel and Genesis have remained friendly to this day - in later years the band subsequently expressed full understanding for his decision to give priority to the family.

The Phil Collins era

Fourth phase

Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins in a live concert at the Empire Theater, Liverpool (1980)
Bill Bruford in Germany at the Moers Festival (2004)

In the search for a successor to Peter Gabriel, the remaining band members tried out numerous singers before they realized that the right man for the job was already in their own ranks: the drummer Phil Collins, who was also a background player from the start. Singer had convinced the band, eventually took the position of lead singer. According to his own statements, however, Collins initially felt exposed with this position and actually did not want to leave the "protective wall of his drums" at all. The first album of the post-Gabriel era, A Trick of the Tail , produced by David Hentschel (formerly the sound engineer for the Nursery Cryme album ) , was well received by fans and critics in 1976 and sold better than all previous Genesis albums. At the end of the instrumental piece Los Endos a self-quote from the suite Supper's Ready, coined on Peter Gabriel, could be heard: “There's an angel standing in the sun… freed to get back home” . In the opinion of many, Collins' voice sounded "more like Gabriel than Gabriel himself". During the live performances of the Trick tour, the former Yes / King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford took over from Collins so that he could concentrate on singing. Nevertheless, Collins already introduced the first drum duets together with Bruford, which later became the trademark of Collins' solo performances. His approach as a front man in live performances differed not only in his drums from Gabriel's theater-inspired performances, his interpretations of the Gabriel pieces sounded livelier. Years later, at the Milton Keynes Reunion concert in 1982, Gabriel Collins revealed that he sang the songs better than himself, but never like him.

In December 1976 the album Wind & Wuthering was released in Great Britain, in January 1977 worldwide. It was the first of two Genesis albums recorded at Hilvarenbeeker Relight Studios. The album title was borrowed from Emily Brontë's novel Sturmhöhe (English Wuthering Heights ), whose last lines "how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth" also inspired the title of the seventh and eighth tracks on the album. The album included u. a. the complex, multi-part suite One for the Vine . The jazz fusion musician Chester Thompson , who previously played for Weather Report and Frank Zappa , has been on the drums at the live performances since 1977 . In the studio and in longer live instrumental parts, Collins played drums in addition to Thompson until the last recording in 2007.

The two prog albums, A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering , which were created under the four-man line-up, contributed to Genesis' image as a “bombast rocker”. The extremely voluminous sound of the legendary Moog-Taurus bass pedal by Mike Rutherford contributed significantly to the unmistakable, powerful sound of Genesis. The increasing popularity of punk is often seen as a counter-movement.

Steve Hackett left

Steve Hackett at a concert in Braunschweig, 2005

The guitarist Steve Hackett felt that his artistic freedom in the band was severely restricted, especially by Tony Banks and an increasing keyboard orientation of the Genesis sound. Hackett was also the first band member to release a solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte, in 1975, with which he was able to achieve respectable success. When recording Wind & Wuthering , he wanted a quarter of the album to be able to accommodate his song material, which, according to Collins, was "a stupid way to work in a band context." Banks, Collins and Rutherford tried to appease him by giving him additional compositional leeway on the two instrumentals Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers ... / ... In That Quiet Earth (originally a single song). Hackett's own composition Please Don't Touch was not liked by his colleagues and was replaced on the album by another instrumental title, Wot Gorilla ? , while Blood on the Rooftops, written by Hackett together with Phil Collins, never performed live the band was played. Following the release of Spot the Pigeon - EP (1977), including other pieces of the Wind & Wuthering consisted sessions, Hackett left the band finally, when she was just about the live album Seconds Out mix down.

From prog rock to mainstream rock

The group chose the trio continue as indicated by the title of their 1978 album ... And Then There Were Three ... being reflected. From here on Mike Rutherford took over the guitar playing for the studio recordings and took turns on guitar and bass with Daryl Stuermer during live performances . With the first album in a trio line-up, a reorientation away from ten-minute prog epics to shorter, more radio-friendly songs began. With Follow You, Follow Me , the band landed their first hit in the US, which contributed significantly to the fact that And Then There Were Three wasgold-plated ” in the United States .

In 1979, according to the band, the greatest threat to the continued existence of Genesis came since Anthony Phillips' departure nine years earlier: Phil Collins moved to Vancouver , Canada to save his broken marriage. Two months and a divorce later, however, he returned to Great Britain and processed his experiences in the album Duke (1980). Collins later commented that the failed marriage had accelerated his development as a songwriter. Duke was actually the first Genesis album on which Banks, Collins and Rutherford had equal compositional shares. While they tried to write shorter and more concise songs on And Then There Were Three , Duke represented the actual transition Genesis' from progressive rock to the mass-compatible and extremely successful pop rock of the 1980s. Their progressive sound only remained marginal available; However, it was never completely ignored, but at most adapted to the more modern sound of the eighties. The use of a drum computer was a consistent feature of future Genesis and Collins solo albums. The more commercially designed music received good reviews in the mass media. Duke was Genesis’s first number one hit on the BBC album charts, and Turn It On Again and Misunderstanding were two songs that the band loved and played.

Rise in superstar spheres

Chester Thompson, 2007 at the Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh
Daryl Stuermer at a Phil Collins concert in Düsseldorf (2005)
Phil Collins at a concert in Düsseldorf (2005)

At the beginning of the 1980s, for the first time in their history, the band had greater financial means and was able to set up their own recording studio The Farm in Surrey , where all other albums were recorded. It all started with the minimalist album Abacab in 1981 , with which the band tried to throw off a large part of their bombast and break new ground with the arrangements. For the song No Reply at All , the brass section of the group Earth, Wind and Fire , appearing as Phenix Horns . Indicative of Abacab the use was of the Collins typical gated - reverb -Drumsounds, which is characterized by Hall, volume and compression effects and the beginning of the same year already contributed to the success of Collins' worldwide hit In the Air Tonight , and his debut album Face Value had contributed . This particular sound was originally developed by Peter Gabriel, co-producer Hugh Padgham and Collins while recording Intruder, the first song on Gabriel's 1980 album. The gated drum sound should also become the trademark of all future Genesis and Collins albums.

In 1982 the band released the live double album Three Sides Live . The US version of this album consisted of three ( vinyl ) pages of live material (hence the album title) plus a page of studio recordings, including the song Paperlate, on which the "Earth, Wind and Fire" blowers again are heard. In Great Britain, three of the unreleased titles on the studio side had already hit the market with the EP 3 × 3 . Therefore, the British version of Three Sides Live contained additional live material, although it was older and came from previous tours.

On October 2, 1982, a one-time reunion concert took place in Milton Keynes under the name Six of the Best , in which both Peter Gabriel and (in the encores) Steve Hackett took part. The organization took place under great time pressure; the concert proceeds should benefit Gabriel's financially troubled WOMAD project. Unfortunately for the fans, there are no official recordings of this performance.

The album Genesis , also known in fan circles as Shapes or Mama Album , was the third number one album in Great Britain in 1983. It included radio-friendly titles like Mama and That's All . With Home by the Sea, which was particularly popular in Asia due to its pentatonic scale , there was a reminiscence of the times of long and epic songs. The piece Just a Job to Do became the theme song for the ABC detective series The Insiders (1985). At this time, the band members' interest had shifted more to their respective solo careers, which is also illustrated by the fact that the album sessions at that time, atypically, did not produce any additional material in the form of outtakes or single B-sides.

In 1986, when solo artist Phil Collins' popularity was at its peak, Genesis released their best-selling album, Invisible Touch . The album spawned five US top 5 singles: Invisible Touch , In Too Deep , Land of Confusion , Tonight, Tonight, Tonight and Throwing It All Away . Despite a rather meager number 15 in the British charts, the title song was the only Genesis title ever to reach number one in the US Billboard charts (Hot 100). Earlier this year, Collins had seen a foul of himself on Spitting Image , a British satirical show, and was so impressed that the show's creators were hired to produce the music video for Land of Confusion . The video became a bitingly sarcastic commentary on the Cold War , starring Banks, Collins and Rutherford and others. a. Ronald Reagan disguised as Superman was also depicted as rubber dolls. The clip was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award , which then went to Gabriels Sledgehammer . Anheuser-Busch used Tonight, Tonight, Tonight (as well as Collins' In the Air Tonight ) for their beer commercials, while In Too Deep found its way into the film Mona Lisa . The instrumental piece The Brazilian was used in the cartoon When the Wind Blows . On the tour for the album in 1987, Genesis was the first band to play four nights in a row in front of a packed house at Wembley Stadium . Genesis was also the first band to use Vari * Lite lighting effects, JumboTron video screens and the Prisma sound system, which are now standard at rock concerts in large arenas.

At the Prince's Trust Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1988, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel played live together for the first and so far last time since 1982. Collins was the drummer of the house band that evening, which then accompanied Gabriel to his hit Sledgehammer .

Genesis entitled Land of Confusion in Knebworth, England (August 2, 1992)

After a long break filled with solo activities - in addition to Collins, Mike Rutherford had also been successful with his second project Mike & the Mechanics since the mid-1980s - the group reunited in 1991 to release We Can't Dance , Collins' last studio album to date with Genesis. It contained mostly successful singles like No Son of Mine , I Can't Dance , Hold on My Heart , Jesus He Knows Me , Tell Me Why and Never a Time , as well as longer pieces like Driving the Last Spike and Fading Lights . Collins wrote the song Since I Lost You on the occasion of the death of Eric Clapton's son Conor. For the album, the band first worked with Nick Davis , who has since produced all of the band's new releases as well as remastered and remixed the older material. Previously, in 1988, he was responsible for the Mike - & - the Mechanics album Living Years as a sound engineer . The release of the album was followed by a tour of the usual gigantic proportions. It has been documented through two live albums entitled The Way We Walk .

In March 1996, Phil Collins announced his departure from the band:

“After more than 25 years with Genesis, I have come to believe that it is time to change the direction of my musical life. What counts for me now is film music, some jazz projects and of course my solo career. I wish the guys at Genesis the very best for their future. We'll remain best friends. "

- Phil Collins

Album and tour with Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson in the summer of 2010

Rutherford and Banks decided to move on but now needed more than just one new member. In fact, Genesis had not only lost Phil Collins, but also the live musicians Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson. The band asked Stuermer, who had already committed to a tour with Collins. Thompson was interested in the free position on drums, but he made his commitment dependent on a full membership in the band, which Banks and Rutherford did not want to grant him. In the end, two drummers were hired, who then shared the work on the new album: Nir Zidkyahu , an Israeli session drummer who had played for the band Hidden Persuaders, and Nick D'Virgilio from Spock's Beard . The two drummers played very differently, D'Virgilio preferred softer, subtle rhythms in contrast to Zidkyahu's dynamic and bombast-like playing.

As the new lead singer, Banks and Rutherford hired the earlier one after wild speculation by fans (about Paul Carrack of Rutherford's side band Mike & the Mechanics , ex- Marillion singer Fish , with whom Banks had already worked, and even a return from Peter Gabriel) Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson . According to producer Nick Davis, the only other serious contender had been David Longdon (now singer with Big Big Train ). Kevin Gilbert was invited to audition, but tragically died shortly before. Itself had also applied Francis Dunnery ( It Bites ) and Nick van Eede ( Cutting Crew ).

The album … Calling All Stations… (1997) sold well in Europe, the most successful single Congo came in at number 29 in the British charts. Nir Zidkyahu took over the drums at the live concerts, and Anthony Drennan, who was with Paul Brady and the Corrs had been hired as a session guitarist. In the US, the album with Wilson was a commercial failure, not even reaching the top 50 on the Billboard charts. The planned US tour had to be canceled by Genesis due to lack of demand. Further planned albums with Ray Wilson were no longer realized.

Between the 1998 European tour and 2006, the band was no longer active apart from archive publications and various solo projects. Rumors of a reunion kept popping up at more or less regular intervals, but they always turned out to be false. In mid-1998, all available band members of the early years (the "classic 5" plus Anthony Phillips and John Silver) gathered to give interviews and pose for press photos on the occasion of the publication of Archive I - 1967–1975 . In October 1999, the compilation Turn It On Again - The Hits contained a new recording of Carpet Crawlers produced by Trevor Horn , which was recorded separately by the entire original line-up of the piece. In 2000 the trio Banks / Collins / Rutherford gave a private concert for band manager Tony Smith in the form of a short acoustic set at the London Hilton Hotel.

The return of Phil Collins

Lighting and stage technology for Turn it on Again - The Tour
Phil Collins live in Linz on June 19, 2007
Tony Banks, 2007
Mike Rutherford, 2007

After numerous speculations about a reunification, the press announced in October 2006 that a tour through Europe and the USA with the line-up Banks / Collins / Rutherford was actually planned for 2007. The original plan had been to bring The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett back onto the stage, but Gabriel was not available for a new edition of Genesis in five cast due to his own activities. Since the four-version of the band in 1976/77 was only a short transition phase, Banks / Collins / Rutherford decided to perform as a trio instead. In a short note on his website, Steve Hackett showed understanding and conveyed his best wishes for the reunion tour.

On November 7, 2006, Turn it on Again - The Tour was officially announced at a press conference in London, and will start in Helsinki on June 11, 2007, almost exactly forty years after the band was founded . The tour included a total of 22 concerts in Europe, nine of them in German stadiums ( Hamburg , Hanover , 2 × Düsseldorf , Stuttgart , Berlin , Leipzig , Frankfurt and Munich ). Within nine hours, 200,000 concert tickets were sold in Germany alone. The European section of the tour concluded on July 14th in Rome , where the band was seen in the Circus Maximus with free entry by around half a million spectators. From September 7th ( Toronto ) to October 13th ( Los Angeles ) they went to Canada and the USA for 24 concerts . The band was strengthened again by their old companions Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson . The set list included pieces from 1973 to 1991. The second of the two concerts in the LTU Arena in Düsseldorf was broadcast live on June 27, 2007 in cinemas in Great Britain, Sweden and Spain. All concerts were recorded live and published on CD. The live album Live over Europe 2007 was compiled from this material from the tour and the tour was documented together with the live DVD When in Rome .

Genesis box sets

In 2007 the band also released two box sets with digitally remastered and remixed original albums. The first box covers the creative period 1976–1982 and contains the albums A Trick of the Tail , Wind & Wuthering , … And Then There Were Three… , Duke and Abacab , the second box covers the years 1983–1998 and contains the albums Genesis , Invisible Touch , We Can't Dance and … Calling All Stations… .

As a special feature, the recordings were published on hybrid SACD and DVD-Video and are available on DVD in 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital sound. The DVD also contains the music videos from the respective albums and the group's live performances. Both box sets also contain a bonus hybrid SACD and bonus DVD with the non-album tracks of the respective period, rare video recordings and current interviews.

At the end of 2008, the box set 1970–1975 followed in the same extensive equipment , which covers the albums Trespass to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway . The “icing on the cake” includes the Jackson tapes from 1970, in which later pieces by the band were already embryonic, as well as all the original slides on DVD that were shown at The Lamb shows in 1974/75 . The box sold the best of all and took a remarkable 22nd place in the German charts.

In September 2009 the fourth box set 1973–2007 Live was released , which contains the remixed live albums from Genesis including bonus material (minus Live over Europe 2007 ). A fifth box set, 1981–2007: The Movie Box , followed in November.

Since 2009

In April 2009, Phil Collins had to undergo a cervical surgery; since then he has felt numb in his hands so that he can barely play the drums.

In December 2009, Genesis' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced. The procedure took place in March 2010 in the presence of Banks, Collins, Rutherford and Hackett. Gabriel excused his absence by saying that he had to prepare his live tour.

In March 2011, an interview with Collins was interpreted by the media as the end of his musical career.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in September 2011, Peter Gabriel said that a reunion with the classic line-up was still a possibility - albeit a very unlikely one - and stated: “ I will never say never, but it's in the outdoor section of the betting company . "

In an interview with BBC Breakfast on May 4, 2012, Banks said that Genesis is unlikely to make a comeback, stating, “ I think we probably won't. Phil moved a bit away somehow. We did that last tour three or four years ago as a kind of goodbye. That was the idea of ​​it. "

Steve Hackett went on a world tour with the music of his ex-band from April 2013 to March 2015. On the pieces The Carpet Crawlers , I Know What I Like and Firth of Fifth he was occasionally supported by Ray Wilson.

In an interview in November 2013, Phil Collins surprisingly indicated that he would soon be releasing solo material again or even reviving Genesis: “ I started thinking about doing new things, some shows, even with Genesis. Everything is possible. We could tour Australia and South America. We haven't been there yet. "

In 2014 Mike Rutherford published Rhythms of Life - The First Genesis Autobiography (original title The Living Years ) as the first band member of Genesis, an autobiography that largely describes the development of the group from his perspective and memory.

The 3-CD collection R-Kive was released in autumn 2014 . In addition to Genesis titles, it also contains selected pieces of music from the repertoires of Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford.

In March 2020, Collins, Banks and Rutherford announced that they would give a series of concerts together again in the fall of that year. The tour is supposed to be titled The Last Domino? wear.

Inspiration and influences

Genesis were influenced by a wide range of music from classical music to mainstream rock and jazz . The arrangements of their first album From Genesis to Revelation were based on The Moody Blues and the family debut album Music In A Doll's House (1968). In the following year, the entire band at the time was fascinated by King Crimson's debut album In the Court of the Crimson King (1969), which left a clear mark on their music. Other important early influences mentioned by the musicians were bands with classical echoes such as Procol Harum and The Nice , but also the folk rock band Fairport Convention .

Banks called Alan Price of the Animals as "the first person to me the organ in the rock context had become aware of". His classical influences include the pianist Rachmaninoff , the composers Ravel , Mahler and Shostakovich . Collins was fond of Buddy Rich and the jazzy Mahavishnu Orchestra , which found their way into his drum style. Gabriel was inspired by personal favorites like Nina Simone , Otis Redding and Familys Roger Chapman . All members of the five-man line-up were also fans of the Beatles, even if their influence is seldom to be guessed (for example with I Know What I Like ).

Cover versions of Genesis songs and influence on other bands

Most of the (ex) members of the band also have Genesis material in their solo concerts. Steve Hackett began a full tour of Genesis tracks from the 1970s in 2013. Gabriel's live repertoire at the beginning of his solo career included The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Back in NYC . Collins played his reinterpretation of Behind the Lines , and later I Can't Dance , Turn It On Again , Misunderstanding and Invisible Touch . Mike & the Mechanics played a. a. Follow You Follow Me and I Can't Dance . Several Genesis songs were performed live by Ray Wilson and are documented on various live albums. Since 2009, Wilson has been touring regularly with the Berlin Symphony Ensemble on Genesis , which can be heard on Genesis Klassik - Live in Berlin and Genesis Classic - Live in Poznan .

The first artist to cover a Genesis song in the studio was Phil Collins with Behind the Lines on his debut album Face Value . In 1992 the German band Mekong Delta recorded a thrash metal version of Dance on a Volcano for their album Kaleidoscope . In 1993 Fish tried his songs from the Mirror an I Know What I Like on his work, which was reserved for foreign compositions . In the same year Carpet Crawlers could be heard in the interpretation of the German band M. Walking on the Water on their EP Pictures of an Exhibitionist . The 1998 posthumously released album Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk by Jeff Buckley contained a cover version of Back in NYC . Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater recorded a rearrangement of Dance on a Volcano with singer Neal Morse ( Spock's Beard ) for his tribute album The Road Home in 2007 , which received positive feedback from Tony Banks; Rudess also incorporated parts of Supper's Ready in the piece JR Piano Medley . To mark the 40th anniversary of Genesis, Simon Collins covered the song Keep it Dark in 2007 and made it available for free download on the Internet. In 2009, Canadian rapper Classified No Reply at All sampled for his single Anybody Listening .

The track Land of Confusion enjoys particular interest : The Swedish death metal band In Flames covered it in 2003 on their EP Trigger, as did Disturbed in 2005 on their album Ten Thousand Fists . In addition, the Swedish discopop group Alcázar used the chorus of the song for their 2004 hit This is the World We Live In . The Norwegian folk-rock band Katzenjammer's version of the album A Kiss Before You Go (2011) also achieved some notoriety.

There are also entire tribute albums on which various, mostly less well-known musicians covered Genesis pieces. The best known of these compilations are The River of Constant Change (1995, with Galahad and the German tribute band Seconds Out , among others ), Supper's Ready (1995, with Annie Haslam , Kevin Gilbert , Richard Sinclair ) and The Fox Lies Down (1998, with John Wetton , Daevid Allen , The Flower Kings ).

Steve Hackett also paid tribute to his former Genesis Revisited album (US title: Watcher of the Skies ) with guests John Wetton , Bill Bruford , Ian McDonald , Paul Carrack , Chester Thompson , Tony Levin , Colin Blunstone and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996 Band tribute. In 2012 he followed up with Genesis Revisited II , where u. a. Steven Wilson , Nik Kershaw , Francis Dunnery , Simon Collins , Steve Rothery , Mikael Åkerfeldt , Roine Stolt , Neal Morse and again Wetton participated. In 2013 Hackett also recorded a version of The Carpet Crawlers with Ray Wilson .

In addition, the Genesis works were given interpretations from classical to jazz to (pseudo-) Gregorian chant . On Phil Collins' 1999 live album A Hot Night In Paris , the Genesis pieces That's All, Invisible Touch, Hold on My Heart and Los Endos , known as The Los Endos Suite , can be heard in big band garb. Another side of Genesis , presented by Daryl Stuermer in 2000, with smooth jazz versions of some of the band's hits, was also a purely instrumental matter .

The short-term session drummer of Genesis, Nick D'Virgilio , who mainly appeared with the band Spock's Beard , dared to reinterpret the complete double album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in 2008 in collaboration with producer Mark Hornsby . The work called Rewiring Genesis: A Tribute to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was recorded by selected musicians from Nashville with strong jazz echoes.

Martin Levac, ex-drummer of The Musical Box , released the albums A Visible Jazz Touch of Genesis (2011) and A Visible Jazz Touch Of Genesis ... Live (2013), the latter with completely different songs.

Only the album We Know What We Like (1987) recorded by David Palmer (meanwhile Dee Palmer) with the London Symphony Orchestra and guest musician Steve Hackett and the two-part project Genesis for two Grand Pianos (2002 / 05) by pianists Yngve Guddal and Roger T. Matte.

In 2010 Tolga Kashif and the London Symphony Orchestra presented The Genesis Suite, inspired by Genesis compositions . The pieces from Genesis used (1. Land of Confusion / Tonight, Tonight, Tonight , 2. Ripples , 3. Mad Man Moon , 4. Follow You Follow Me , 5. Fading Lights , 6. Entangled , 7. Undertow / Blood on the Rooftops ) were not rewritten for orchestra, but newly composed and only contain traces of the originals. The work is more based on the Genesis Suite by Nathaniel Shilkret from 1945.

As a pioneer of the progressive rock genre, Genesis are cited as an influence by numerous neo-prog rock groups that have emerged since the early 1980s: Marillion , IQ , Dream Theater , echolyn , Spock's Beard , The Flower Kings , Änglagård , Phish , Pendragon and Opeth , as well as older bands like Ange , Camel , Rush , Goblin , Kansas and Saga .

Tribute bands such as The Musical Box , ReGenesis or Duke regularly perform mostly older Genesis material from the Peter Gabriel era. Based on this era, albeit with their own compositions, the Italian retro-prog band The Watch also plays , whose singer also shares a great vocal resemblance to Gabriel.

Album cover

The album covers from Genesis reflect the music themes of the respective album and are usually elaborate and complex. The first album had an all black cover that said From Genesis to Revelation in broken gold font in the upper left corner. The name of the band was otherwise not mentioned. The cover of this album changed with almost every one of the numerous re-releases.

The covers of the following three albums were all by Charisma Records graphic artist Paul Whitehead: The Trespass cover is based on an illustration by Willy Pogány from 1911 for the book "Tannhäuser: A Dramatic Poem", the cover by Nursery Cryme was through the story surrounding the song The Musical Box influenced that by Foxtrot shows a female character in a red dress with the head of a fox. Whitehead stated in an interview that the Jimi Hendrix song Foxy Lady had inspired him for this performance, which in turn inspired Gabriel to one of his first costumes.

After Whitehead moved to Los Angeles, Genesis used an existing drawing by Betty Swanwick for the next album Selling England by the Pound , to which the artist only added the lawnmower. The band later hired the renowned designer company Hipgnosis , whose artists had already designed the covers for The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd and Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin . The first Hipgnosis album cover for Genesis was created for The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway . Here, for the first time on a Genesis album, a real person was depicted who, according to the cover text, had the simple name Omar and portrayed the protagonist Rael.

The remaining Genesis album covers of the 1970s were designed by various Hipgnosis artists, especially Colin Elgie. The cover of A Trick of the Tail featured some of the song characters: Robbery's Robbery, Assault and Battery, the Squonk, the beast from the title track, and Ripples, a metaphorical image of an old man reminiscing about his youth . Duke was illustrated with caricatures by Lionel Koechlin from his children's book L'alphabet d'Albert . Abacab and Genesis designed the Bill Smith Studio. Assorted Images, who had previously created covers for Duran Duran and Culture Club , were responsible for the cover of the best-selling Genesis album Invisible Touch . The We Can't Dance - watercolor , reminiscent of Wind & Wuthering , comes from Felicity Bowers. The covers of Calling All Stations and the compilation Turn it on Again: The Hits were written by Wherefore Art? designed.


Because of their "progressive rock" roots and their public school background, Genesis differed from other rock musicians of their time. Most of the criticism that the band was exposed to in the early 1970s was directed against progressive rock in general, which many rejected as too cerebral and too complex. Fans of more conventional rock music and even Genesis fans were also alienated by Gabriel's increasingly theatrical appearances and masquerades. When in 1976 the triumph of punk described in 1977 an article of: Genesis were sometimes viewed as powerless and boring began Q magazine, the fans a performance by the band Ray Lowry cartoon GENESNOOZE (Engl. Snooze = nap) "either asleep, dying [or] comatose ”.

But even with their switch from longer and more complex pieces to more compact and accessible pop songs, Genesis could not please many earlier fans and especially numerous critics after the departure of Gabriel and Hackett. As the band moved closer and closer to the popular pop sound, they celebrated much greater commercial success than before, but at the same time they had to deal with the accusation of artistic sell-out. A crushing record review in Rolling Stone for And Then There Were Three commented: "In short, this despicable work is nothing more than the former pale shadow performance of the group. Not only is the damage irreversible, it has also been widely affirmed: And Then There Were Three is Genesis' first gold record in the US. ”However, the band never completely abandoned the paths of epic, expansive rock; on each of their studio albums there are songs longer than six minutes.

Collins in particular was often criticized for Genesis' transition from a prog rock group to a mainstream pop rock band, whose music hardly differs from that of the solo artist Collins. “I don't think we have falsified ourselves,” said Collins in a 1990 Music Express interview. “At some point I'll take the blame for the change on myself, but I just think that we've gotten older and turned to other musical things.” In fact, since 1978 all three band members have been jointly responsible for the sound and the gradual musical development so that the criticism directed solely at Collins is only partially applicable. The often-expressed assumption that it was Gabriel's departure that made the change in Genesis possible is questionable, because Gabriel soon used more conventional song structures as a solo artist. So z. B. with the commercially very successful song Sledgehammer .


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks / months, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / monthly data
(Year, title, rankings, weeks / months, awards, notes)
1969 From Genesis to Revelation - - - - US170 (4 weeks)
First published: March 7, 1969
1970 Trespass - - - UK98 (1 week)
First published: October 23, 1970
1971 Nursery Cryme - - - UK39

(2 weeks)UK
First published: November 12, 1971
Sales: + 160,000
1972 Foxtrot DE45 (1 month)
- - UK12

(7 weeks)UK
First published: October 6, 1972
Sales: + 160,000
1973 Selling England by the Pound - - - UK3

(21 weeks)UK

(29 weeks)US
First published: October 12, 1973
Sales: + 850,000
1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - - - UK10

(6 weeks)UK

(16 weeks)US
First published: November 18, 1974
Sales: + 850,000
1976 A trick of the tail DE43 (3 months)
- - UK3

(39 weeks)UK

(19 weeks)US
First published: February 2, 1976
Sales: + 900,000
Wind & Wuthering DE19 (3 months)
- - UK7th

(22 weeks)UK

(21 weeks)US
First published: December 27, 1976
Sales: + 800,000
1978 ... And Then There Were Three ... DE2

(13 months)DE
AT17 (1 month)
- UK3

(32 weeks)UK

(33 weeks)US
First published: April 7, 1978
Sales: + 1,650,000
1980 Duke DE2 (27 weeks)
AT14 (1 month)
- UK1

(30 weeks)UK

(31 weeks)US
First published: March 28, 1980
Sales: +1,400,000
1981 Abacab DE6th

(20 weeks)DE
- - UK1

(27 weeks)UK
Double platinum
× 2
Double platinum

(54 weeks)US
First published: September 14, 1981
Sales: + 2,450,000
1983 genesis DE1

(34 weeks)DE
AT2 (3 months)
Double platinum
× 2
Double platinum

(31 weeks)CH
Double platinum
× 2
Double platinum

(51 weeks)UK
Quadruple platinum
× 4
Quadruple platinum

(50 weeks)US
First published: October 3, 1983
Sales: + 5,565,000
1986 Invisible touch DE2

(87 weeks)DE
AT5 (8 months)

(27 weeks)CH
Quadruple platinum
× 4
Quadruple platinum

(96 weeks)UK
Six-fold platinum
× 6
Six-fold platinum

(85 weeks)US
First published: June 9, 1986
Sales: + 8,195,000
1991 We can't dance DE1
Quintuple platinum
× 5
Quintuple platinum

(71 weeks)DE

(47 weeks)AT
Quadruple platinum
× 4
Quadruple platinum

(52 weeks)CH
Quintuple platinum
× 5
Quintuple platinum

(61 weeks)UK
Quadruple platinum
× 4
Quadruple platinum

(72 weeks)US
First published: November 11, 1991
Sales: + 9,735,000
1997 ... Calling All Stations ... DE2

(30 weeks)DE
AT6 (12 weeks)

(13 weeks)CH

(7 weeks)UK
US54 (5 weeks)
First published: September 1, 1997
Sales: + 525,000

gray hatching : no chart data available for this year


Grammy Awards


  • 1988 : Best Concept Music Video ( Land of Confusion, 1986)


  • 1985 :
    • Best performance by a duo or group with vocals - Rock ( Genesis , 1983)
    • Best Instrumental Performance - Rock ( Second Home by the Sea, 1983)
  • 1987 : Best instrumental performance - Pop ( The Brazilian, 1986)
  • 1993 : Best performance by a duo or group with singing - Pop ( I Can't Dance, 1991)
  • 2010 : Best Surround Sound Album ( Box Set 1970–1975, 2008) (for Tony Cousins ​​and Nick Davis)

American Music Awards




  • 2012: Lifetime achievement award - Prog Magazine

Tribute bands

Well-known tribute bands from Genesis are:


  • Mike Rutherford: Rhythms of Life (The First Genesis Autobiography) . Hannibal Verlag, Höfen 2014, ISBN 978-3-85445-457-1 (Original edition: The Living Years )
  • Daryl Easlea: Peter Gabriel (The Exclusive Biography) . Hannibal Verlag, Höfen 2014, ISBN 978-3-85445-459-5 (Original edition: Without Frontiers The Life And Music Of Peter Gabriel )
  • Armando Gallo: Genesis: The Evolution of a Rock Band . Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1978, ISBN 978-0-283-98440-2 (German translation: Genesis , Cologne, Böhler 1978, ISBN 978-3-9800216-0-9 ).
  • Armando Gallo: Genesis: I know what I like . DIY Books, Los Angeles 1980, ISBN unknown (new edition 1987 under ISBN 978-0-7119-1171-0 ; new edition 2014 as an app for iOS / iPads).
  • Hugh Fielder: The Book Of Genesis . Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1984, ISBN 978-0-283-99074-8 .
  • Armando Gallo: Genesis: From One Fan to Another . Omnibus Press, London 1984, ISBN 978-0-7119-0515-3 .
  • Philip Kamin, Peter Goddard: Genesis: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and beyond. With an introduction by Phil Collins . Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1984, ISBN 978-0-283-99093-9 .
  • Janis Schacht: Genesis . Proteus Books, London / New York 1984, ISBN 978-0-86276-257-5 .
  • Dave Bowler, Bryan Dray: Genesis - A Biography . Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1992, ISBN 978-0-283-06132-5 (German translation: Genesis: Die Biographie . Translated from the English by WM Riegel. Goldmann, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-442-42246-9 ).
  • Frank Laufenberg: Genesis is all about the '92 world tour; on European tour from June 28th to August 2nd . Bergisch Gladbach, Bastei-Lübbe 1992, ISBN 978-3-404-72523-6 .
  • Petra Zeitz : Genesis . Rastatt, Moewig 1992, ISBN 978-3-8118-3902-1 .
  • Chris Welch: The Complete Guide To The Music Of Genesis . London, Omnibus Press 1995, ISBN 978-0-7119-5428-1 .
  • Alan Hewitt: Opening the Musical Box - A Genesis Chronicle . London, Firefly Publ. 2000, ISBN 0-946719-30-6 .
  • Robin Platts: Genesis - Inside & Out (1967-2000) . Burlington, Ont., Collector's Guide Pub. 2001, ISBN 1-896522-71-8 .
  • Paul Russell: Genesis - Play Me My Song. A Live Guide 1969 to 1975 . London, SAF 2004, ISBN 0-946719-58-6 .
  • Dave Thompson: Turn It on Again: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Genesis . San Francisco, Backbeat Book 2005, ISBN 0-87930-810-9 .
  • Alan Hewitt: Genesis Revisited: The Genesis Story . Godalming, Willow Farm Press 2006, ISBN 978-0-9554866-1-6 .
  • Chris Welch: Genesis - The Complete Guide to Their Music . Omnibus Press, London 2005, ISBN 1-84449-868-9 (German translation: Genesis - Story and Songs compact . Berlin, Bosworth 2007, ISBN 978-3-86543-317-6 ).
  • Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford: Genesis. Chapter and Verse . Edited by Philipp Dodd, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London 2007, ISBN 978-0-297-84434-1 (German translation: Chapter & Verse. Das Buch Genesis . Hannibal, Höfen 2007, ISBN 978-3-85445-288-1 ).
  • Michael Fuchs-Gamböck, Thorsten Schatz: Genesis - 40 years of rock history . Heel, Königswinter 2007, ISBN 978-3-89880-800-2 .
  • Robin Platts: Genesis: Behind The Lines, 1967-2007 . Burlington, Ont., Collector's Guide Pub. 2007, ISBN 978-1-894959-67-4 .
  • Kevin Holm-Hudson: Genesis and the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music) . Ashgate, Aldershot 2008, ISBN 978-0-7546-6147-4 .
  • Daryl Easlea: Without Frontiers. The Life And Music Of Peter Gabriel . Omnibus Press, London 2013, ISBN 978-1-4683-0964-5
  • Mike Rutherford: The Living Years. The First Genesis Memoir . Constable, London 2014, ISBN 978-1-4721-0981-1

Web links

Commons : Genesis  - collection of images

Audio samples

Individual evidence

  1. Genesis | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 29, 2020 .
  2. ^ Siegfried Schmidt-Joos , Barry Graves : Rock-Lexikon. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1973, 2nd edition 1975, reprint 1978, ISBN 3-499-16177-X , p. 152 f., Here: p. 152.
  4. Phil Collins: There's something else to come - Not dead yet . Publisher: Heyne, 2016, p. 136. ISBN 978-3-453-20121-7
  5. ^ Siegfried Schmidt-Joos, Barry Graves: Rock-Lexikon. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1973, 2nd edition 1975, reprint 1978, ISBN 3-499-16177-X , p. 152.
  6. ^ Genesis on Bataclan in 1973
  8. Interview with Steve Hackett ,, accessed August 31, 2012.
  9. ( Memento from December 23, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Sung by a foreigner . In: Der Spiegel . No. 28 , 1990 ( online ).
  11. [1] Interview with Phil Collins, Classic Rock, January 30, 2019
  12. Golden Slumbers: A Father's Love
  13. Genesis. Inside Genesis 1975-1980. Classic Rock Legends, 2004.
  14. a b Chris Welch: The Complete Guide to the Music of Genesis. Omnibus Press, London 1995.
  15. ^ G2 Definitive Genesis
  16. ( Memento from January 18, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  17. ^ The Waiting Room Online
  18. Vari-Lite - Express Yourself ( Memento from October 16, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  19. Interviews: Ray Wilson: 'I find George Bush quite frightening and capable of scary things.' - Sea of ​​Tranquility - The Web Destination for Progressive Music!
  20. ^ David Longdon
  21. Metro ActiveMusic | Kevin Gilbert ( Memento from January 1, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  22. David Longdon exclusive interview for 'Dusk' - November 2010
  23. Steve Hackett
  24. Phil Collins in an interview with the Hamburger Abendblatt
  27. Interview with Peter Gabriel in September 2011
  28. BBC Breakfast. Interview with Tony Banks. May 4, 2012.
  29. Steve Hackett - Genesis Extended Tour 2014/2015. Genesis News Com, December 26, 2014, accessed July 3, 2018 .
  31. Genesis comeback: Reunion and tour are confirmed! March 4, 2020, accessed on March 5, 2020 (German).
  32. ( Memento from June 18, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  33. ( Memento from February 23, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  34. ( Memento from August 12, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  35. ^ Paul Whitehead Interview
  36. ( Memento from December 22, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  37. ^ Genesis: And Then There Were Three, Music Reviews, Rolling Stone
  38. Phil Collins Interviews, Music Express 1990 ( Memento from February 6, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  39. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US
  40. BBC News: Genesis honored at Progressive Music awards