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« Reply #15 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 07:09am »

I had heard "Your Own Special Way" and "Deep in the Motherlode" on the radio, but when I arrived at college in 1978 it was the sound of "Squonk" playing in my hallway that grabbed me and drew me in.
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« Reply #16 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 09:29am »

First Genesis song I ever heard was "Trick of the Tail" on the radio in Chicago, and I really liked it. A friend of mine had the album, which I then borrowed. It took several listens, but eventually I was hooked. Probably the first song that really hooked me was "Ripples"
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« Reply #17 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 5:19pm »

I Know What I Like – the filmed version from 1973 shown in a TV documentary. Combination of great catchy song & weird visual imagery. Just hearing it wouldn’t have made such an impression.
By that time I’d had for many years - & liked – the CD of We Can’t Dance, but it didn’t have that elusive “hook” quality.

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« Reply #18 on: Jun 18th, 2017, 9:38pm »

I suppose it would be invisible touch for me. I was in kindergarten when that song came out, and my parents listened to the hits radio station all the time then. I had no idea that several of the Genesis and Phil Collins songs I heard so much were all from the same guy(s)!

But I would say the song that truly made me become what I would call a fan today, was Take Me Home. I saw part of the video for it on a radio station commercial when I was in sixth grade, and from that point forward I explored more and more of Phil Collins' works – embarking on a vast multi-year journey throughout my high school years into his and genesis' back catalogue. Great times!
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« Reply #19 on: Jun 19th, 2017, 06:50am »

The Knife from Genesis Live is what opened my ears to Genesis in the early weeks of 1974. That album was my induction and repeatedly playing The Knife is what made me a fan and to hear more of their stuff.

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« Reply #20 on: Jun 19th, 2017, 5:08pm »

Firth of Fifth, particularly the piano intro.
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« Reply #21 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 09:38am »

Driving The Last Spike. My dad had it on cassette when it first came out. I was 7, and I remember hearing DTLS and being mesmerised, one by how long it was, and two, how epic it was! I've probably heard it more times than days I've been alive, and it still gives me chills when "oh but I can hear my children's cry" kicks in.

That was the song that got me properly in to music, and Genesis/Phil Collins. I remember getting picked on a lot in school because I was listening to ATTWT and Hello I Must Be Going, when I should have been listening to Inner Circle or The Prodigy or whatever.
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« Reply #22 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 6:12pm »

It was gradual. I always knew about their 80s stuff. I had caught part of their When in Rome show on TV and heard I Know What I Like and instantly loved it. I bought the Hits album because I saw that it was on there. I noticed that that song was completely different from any other song on that CD. Soon after I was at my friend parents house and I noticed a Genesis CD among their CD collection. It was Selling England and I saw the I Know What I Like was on there so I put it on the stereo. The fist song didn't capture me (my mind was not ready for that epicness yet) so i skipped it to the one I knew. When it ended Firth of Fifth began and I thought this is interesting. Still I was not prepared mentally for what I was hearing.

Years later I randomly saw the When in Rome concert again and I watched the whole thing. Hearing the bridge part to Firth of Fifth again...this time under the influence of a substance now legal in some states wink I was blown away and though I need to hear more. For some reason I decided to check out Trick of the Tail first because I liked the cover. Upon hearing DANCE ON A VOLCANO my musical life was changed forever.... That was the one that made me fall in love with their music. And from that time on they have been my favorite band.
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« Reply #23 on: Jun 20th, 2017, 10:23pm »

For me, it was "Turn It On Again". It was the first Genesis song that I had ever heard. I was exposed to it when I was about seven years old. My dad had it on a CD he made of various seventies and eighties rock songs. He would play it a lot while driving. The song still remains to be my favorite Genesis song (for the nostalgia and the quality of the song itself).

Eventually, it was the culmination of all of the band's hits that made me explore the albums. I was already familiar with five out of the eight songs (the hits) on Invisible Touch, so I decided to give the whole album a listen. I ended up loving the entire album ("Domino" became a favorite of mine). Invisible Touch ended up being my gateway album to Genesis' discography and music (beyond radio hits) in general.
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« Reply #24 on: Jun 22nd, 2017, 7:00pm »

The Return of the Giant Hogweed - just seeing the title, before listening to the song, I knew Genesis would become my favourite group!
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« Reply #25 on: Jun 23rd, 2017, 09:02am »

on Jun 18th, 2017, 07:09am, Dust wrote:
I had heard "Your Own Special Way" and "Deep in the Motherlode" on the radio, but when I arrived at college in 1978 it was the sound of "Squonk" playing in my hallway that grabbed me and drew me in.


I would've loved to have been part of a time period where stuff like Genesis is what was playing around campus while I was in school! I got made fun of a bit for being a Phil Collins/Genesis fan, as I was in high school in the late 90's, when grunge and boy/girl bands were the thing. Anyone who didn't listen to that wasn't cool.

on Jun 18th, 2017, 07:09am, rael1974 wrote:
For me, it was "Turn It On Again". It was the first Genesis song that I had ever heard. I was exposed to it when I was about seven years old. My dad had it on a CD he made of various seventies and eighties rock songs. He would play it a lot while driving. The song still remains to be my favorite Genesis song (for the nostalgia and the quality of the song itself).

Eventually, it was the culmination of all of the band's hits that made me explore the albums. I was already familiar with five out of the eight songs (the hits) on Invisible Touch, so I decided to give the whole album a listen. I ended up loving the entire album ("Domino" became a favorite of mine). Invisible Touch ended up being my gateway album to Genesis' discography and music (beyond radio hits) in general.


It seems your introduction and journey into Genesis was very similar to mine!
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« Reply #26 on: Jun 23rd, 2017, 09:30am »

I first heard them in the mid 70s when my brother was playing them. I don't remember what I 'started' with but probably the first one that hooked me was the closing section of The Musical Box. In particular the start of the "I've been waiting here..." section when the hammond comes in, with that almost church-like quality and what I still think is one of PG's best vocal pieces. For such a young singer, he had a voice that really did seem like that of an old man, with a mix of plaintiveness and bitterness, then he gradually loses control. And for some reason, the line that always does it for me, unremarkable as it is written down, is "Casting doubt on all I have to say". It's not the words, it's his delivery. I'm not sure how or why, but his intonation and the way it scans lift those few very normal words to some other level. Then as it really kicks off, those huge, HUGE, ringing Hammond chords (which seem disappointingly more muted on the 2008 remaster).

Of course, at the time I was about 10 and never thought about it in the above terms, this is just how my adult self analyses it now. But those couple of minutes of music made a big impact on me.

Then for a couple of years I gradually listened more and more to them; the other main ones to make a significant impact on me were The Carpet Crawlers, The Waiting Room (then subsequently all of The Lamb), Inside & Out, and Down & Out. Then my first ever album of my own, Selling England. By then I was 100% a fan.
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on Jun 23rd, 2017, 09:30am, Backdrifter wrote:
probably the first one that hooked me was the closing section of The Musical Box. In particular the start of the "I've been waiting here..." section when the hammond comes in, with that almost church-like quality and what I still think is one of PG's best vocal pieces. For such a young singer, he had a voice that really did seem like that of an old man, with a mix of plaintiveness and bitterness, then he gradually loses control. And for some reason, the line that always does it for me, unremarkable as it is written down, is "Casting doubt on all I have to say". It's not the words, it's his delivery. I'm not sure how or why, but his intonation and the way it scans lift those few very normal words to some other level. Then as it really kicks off, those huge, HUGE, ringing Hammond chords (which seem disappointingly more muted on the 2008 remaster).


The whole song is an absolute gem imo but I agree, that moment stands out as one of best Genesis moments ever.
The chords are uplifting and menacing at the same time and then the voice....Such character and personality, incredibly theatrical. Everythings woks; the organ, the lyrics, the vocal line, the incredible delivery, the crescendo.
Powerful stuff.
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« Reply #28 on: Jun 24th, 2017, 8:01pm »

on Jun 23rd, 2017, 09:02am, Billys_Number wrote:
It seems your introduction and journey into Genesis was very similar to mine!


Yeah, it seems like a lot of fans here got started with "Turn It On Again".
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« Reply #29 on: Jul 2nd, 2017, 07:29am »

i became a genesis fan gradually, but the closest thing to a song that hooked me in forever was squonk. i instantly loved it when i first listened to it on 'seconds out'.
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