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question The Song That Hooked You In
« Thread started on: Jun 16th, 2017, 2:39pm »

When you were first getting into Genesis, was there a specific track that really blew you away and made you eager to hear more?

Entangled was the song that made me realise I'd discovered something special. Everything about it is just beautiful; the melody itself, the magical twelve-string arrangement, Phil's ethereal vocal harmonies, the dreamlike outro section with its breathtaking crescendo. Amazing. Listening to Supper's Ready in full about a month later is what cemented my view of them as one of the greatest bands of all time.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 16th, 2017, 3:32pm »

The song that made me discover Genesis was "No Son Of Mine", the first single of the WCD album, released in October 1991. At that time I watched MTV a lot and that song made a tremendous impression on me: it was such a powerful rock song, perfect in every detail and a beautifully made and very touching video. It kind of set the standard for me what a really great rock song should be like. I listened to it a lot, and it still moves me when I listen to it today. It has to be the studio version, however. For some reason the live versions don't connect with me, which is odd, because normally for me it's the other way round.

MTV also played older Genesis videos, so I began to realize that there were treasures to be found! So then I started investigating their discography album by album, and I read everything there was to read about the band - which was not much in the days before the Internet. I still remember reading the album booklets to find out who these guys were: Banks, Collins, Rutherford. It was a very special time and I have very fond memories of my "time of discovery"!

Today I'm an all eras fan, but it was the three man era that got me interested in the band in the first place. It was their live renditions of older songs (a.o. "Old Medley" and "In The Cage Medley") that introduced me to the Gabriel era.

One year later I had a similar experience with Pink Floyd. MTV played the live version of "Time" from the Delicate Sound Of Thunder video. I remember just sitting in front of the TV with my mouth wide open and just feeling it was some kind of magic or a revelation. These things don't happen anymore - I'm old (42) and blasť now ... cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 16th, 2017, 4:18pm »

It was not the song, but the album SEBTP, back in 70s... cheesy cool
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question Re: The Song That Hooked You In
« Reply #3 on: Jun 16th, 2017, 5:41pm »

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« Reply #4 on: Jun 16th, 2017, 6:29pm »

It depends. I have always adored Follow You Follow Me but I was not a Genesis 'fan' probably until Invisible Touch, so I suppose for me it's Land Of Confusion.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 16th, 2017, 6:30pm »

For me, it was Invisible Touch. I was home ill from school and remember turning on MTV and saw the video for the first time. I remember thinking, what a catchy tune and I really like this guys voice. I know this song isn't a favorite of many fans, but I am so grateful I turned on the TV that day because it introduced me to an incredible band and I quickly fell in love with all eras of Genesis.
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 16th, 2017, 9:55pm »

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« Reply #7 on: Jun 17th, 2017, 04:36am »

Firth of Fifth, the guitar solo in particular smiley
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 17th, 2017, 05:01am »

Although several of their later songs hooked me right from the start, the one song that really made my jaw drop at how good it was, was Dance On A Volcano. After hearing that, I new I had discovered something truly special. A 10/10 track, one of my favourites of theirs and one of the best songs ever made.
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 17th, 2017, 06:01am »

In 1980 I was 13, and spending all my time and money on Marvel comicbooks, much to my parents' concern, apparently! Then I heard Turn It On Again on the radio, got hooked on Genesis and music in general, and became, by my parents' assessment at least, a more conventional teenager!

(I still love comicbooks, by the way!)
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question Re: The Song That Hooked You In
« Reply #10 on: Jun 17th, 2017, 06:24am »

The song that made me aware of Genesis was "No Reply At All", but the one that hooked me was probably "One For the Vine".
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question Re: The Song That Hooked You In
« Reply #11 on: Jun 17th, 2017, 08:01am »

Supper's ready in 1980. I borrowed Foxtrot from an older friend in when I was 16 and I returned it quite puzzled but I couldn't get bits of SR out of my head so I borrowed it again.
He just smiled knowingly.....
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« Reply #12 on: Jun 17th, 2017, 09:34am »

I got "hooked in" after hearing Turn It On Again on the radio for the first time when it was new -- especially the ending part where the title is sung.
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 17th, 2017, 10:19am »

For me it was In The Air Tonight. Not right when the song first came out but a few years later in the summer of 1984, at the age of 10. I was at a flea market with a friend and as we walked past a guy with a booth of speakers for sale that were blasting a local radio station, this song was playing. It was familiar so I knew I had heard the song before. Possibly on the radio but I didn't listen to music that much at the time, so most likely from the hit TV show Miami Vice that I used to watch regularly because I found the soundtrack more exciting than the actual plot of the story.

As I heard In The Air Tonight that day at the flea market this piece of music hit me with more power than I had ever experienced before. I had chills down my spine and an exhilaration that I could not describe. I instantly knew I had a favorite song. Only trouble was I had no clue who sang it or what it was called. These being the days long before internet when you could type a few lyrics into a search engine and figure it out.

So as I started listening to the radio more, I hoped to hear my favorite song, and upon occasion that it did come on, I crossed my fingers that the DJ would do his or her job and announce who it was by.

I must have waited a very long time for my answer because two years later in 1986, I was still wondering. This is when I heard another powerful song (my new second favorite) that thoroughly excited me called Tonight, Tonight, Tonight. It had that same intense atmosphere that hooked me with In The Air but being a dorky kid, had no idea these two songs were connected.

Shortly after this I learned the identity of Phil Collins and raced out and bought Face Value. I played the cassette so much I practically wore it out.

Then I discovered the identity of Genesis and bought Invisible Touch, still not making the connection. The moment of epiphany when I knew these guys would be my favorite band for life is when I opened up the sleeve of the Invisible Touch cassette and discovered that the amazing Phil Collins was the singer of this band, making my two favorite songs brothers, but I also recognized the name of Mike Rutherford because I had only months before bought the first Mechanics album for an amazing song called Silent Running.

This started a journey of delving into all the albums and collecting everything Genesis related that has endured for 30 years, and it all started with the amazing In The Air Tionight








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question Re: The Song That Hooked You In
« Reply #14 on: Jun 17th, 2017, 11:26am »

"No Son of Mine" was the first track I heard, and it was enough to get me started. At that time all I had was the Platinum Collection, and I used to listen to the entire 3CD compilation on shuffle mode! shocked I think it was probably "Ripples" that first really blew my socks off.
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