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« Reply #15 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 07:50am »

I got into Genesis in 2006. The first song I ever heard by Genesis was No Son Of Mine when Mum played it on her laptop, hence why I used it for my username. I instantly adored it and wanted to hear more. So eventually, I listened to the Platinum Collection in the car with Dad. I adored the first disc (even the song Calling All Stations) even though it was pop, it was nice stuff and very fun. I became hooked.

I liked the second disc even better as it was twice as adventurous as the first disc, and especially adored Behind The Lines and Duchess. They were such great songs and I heard them again and again. Your Own Special Way, Undertow, Ripples... they all touched me like few songs ever had before. This band was exceptional, and too good to be true.

Unfortunately, Disc 3 didn't go down well - why you ask? Because on the same day in which I heard it (my birthday), my Mum (who is disabled) had her handbag stolen by a group of thieves in London. The handbag was never recovered, leaving Mum in tears and me very miserable. Thus, on the way home, the three long songs Supper's Ready, The Musical Box and The Knife constantly reminded me of that ruined day every time I tried to listen to them. And because Supper's Ready was 22 minutes, a song length which seemed extremely, painfully long to me back then (now, it's just "very" long and I can easily listen to it all), I couldn't get past the first six minutes without turning it off and going back to Disc 1 and Disc 2.

By the end of 2006, I started to hear the studio albums. And what a joy it was to hear them! Trick, Wind and WCD became instant mega-favourites, and I also liked Duke and Invisible Touch (though I loathed Misunderstanding, and I still don't like it now - similarly, Anything She Does was a no-no for me). Selling England took a while to get used to, but eventually I began to enjoy it and accept Gabriel's creepier, less friendly-sounding vocals. I loved The Cinema Show best because the keyboard solo sounded truly out-of-this-world to me, inspiring me become a keyboardist.

In 2008, Mum picked up CAS from an "everything-must-go" music sale for a cheap price. And I hated it, and frequently thought of Ray Wilson as the enemy. I didn't play it again until mid-2010, and still hated it when I did. This album made me even more anxious to get into the Gabriel era. The Collins era albums were so brilliant to me that I felt that they were all I needed at the time.

And as time went on, Genesis became the band I listened to most often along with The Beatles. I realised that they were definitely my second favourite. Every moment I spent with Genesis, I felt so happy and full of energy, like I could do anything. And the lyrics always greatly interested me, filling me head with bizarre ideas about what each song could mean. However, I still constantly avoided the Gabriel era. It just seemed like weird, creepy territory to go into without the soft, welcoming voice of Phil. I listened to Selling England the least of all the albums we had as a result, and I was never excited when Dad played it in the car. (I much like the album now though!)

January 2011 - I bought ATTWT on iTunes (my first iTunes purchase) and it was much better than I expected, now my third favourite Genesis album. Next month, I joined the forum and though I made some friends on here, I realised how far behind everyone I was in comparison which made me feel very out of place and ashamed of myself for avoiding Gabriel so much.

Thus, through persuasion and reasoning, I finally began my journey in getting into the Gabriel era and hearing lots of new and brilliant progressive rock bands alongside this. By the end of 2011 I had heard every Genesis album, and now I never seem to get tired of them and their magnificent music.

There we go. smiley
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« Reply #16 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 11:15am »

on Jun 8th, 2012, 07:50am, NoSonofVine wrote:
I got into Genesis in 2006. The first song I ever heard by Genesis was No Son Of Mine when Mum played it on her laptop, hence why I used it for my username. I instantly adored it and wanted to hear more. So eventually, I listened to the Platinum Collection in the car with Dad. I adored the first disc (even the song Calling All Stations) even though it was pop, it was nice stuff and very fun. I became hooked.

I liked the second disc even better as it was twice as adventurous as the first disc, and especially adored Behind The Lines and Duchess. They were such great songs and I heard them again and again. Your Own Special Way, Undertow, Ripples... they all touched me like few songs ever had before. This band was exceptional, and too good to be true.

Unfortunately, Disc 3 didn't go down well - why you ask? Because on the same day in which I heard it (my birthday), my Mum (who is disabled) had her handbag stolen by a group of thieves in London. The handbag was never recovered, leaving Mum in tears and me very miserable. Thus, on the way home, the three long songs Supper's Ready, The Musical Box and The Knife constantly reminded me of that ruined day every time I tried to listen to them. And because Supper's Ready was 22 minutes, a song length which seemed extremely, painfully long to me back then (now, it's just "very" long and I can easily listen to it all), I couldn't get past the first six minutes without turning it off and going back to Disc 1 and Disc 2.

By the end of 2006, I started to hear the studio albums. And what a joy it was to hear them! Trick, Wind and WCD became instant mega-favourites, and I also liked Duke and Invisible Touch (though I loathed Misunderstanding, and I still don't like it now - similarly, Anything She Does was a no-no for me). Selling England took a while to get used to, but eventually I began to enjoy it and accept Gabriel's creepier, less friendly-sounding vocals. I loved The Cinema Show best because the keyboard solo sounded truly out-of-this-world to me, inspiring me become a keyboardist.

In 2008, Mum picked up CAS from an "everything-must-go" music sale for a cheap price. And I hated it, and frequently thought of Ray Wilson as the enemy. I didn't play it again until mid-2010, and still hated it when I did. This album made me even more anxious to get into the Gabriel era. The Collins era albums were so brilliant to me that I felt that they were all I needed at the time.

And as time went on, Genesis became the band I listened to most often along with The Beatles. I realised that they were definitely my second favourite. Every moment I spent with Genesis, I felt so happy and full of energy, like I could do anything. And the lyrics always greatly interested me, filling me head with bizarre ideas about what each song could mean. However, I still constantly avoided the Gabriel era. It just seemed like weird, creepy territory to go into without the soft, welcoming voice of Phil. I listened to Selling England the least of all the albums we had as a result, and I was never excited when Dad played it in the car. (I much like the album now though!)

January 2011 - I bought ATTWT on iTunes (my first iTunes purchase) and it was much better than I expected, now my third favourite Genesis album. Next month, I joined the forum and though I made some friends on here, I realised how far behind everyone I was in comparison which made me feel very out of place and ashamed of myself for avoiding Gabriel so much.

Thus, through persuasion and reasoning, I finally began my journey in getting into the Gabriel era and hearing lots of new and brilliant progressive rock bands alongside this. By the end of 2011 I had heard every Genesis album, and now I never seem to get tired of them and their magnificent music.

There we go. smiley

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« Reply #17 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 11:23am »

on Jun 8th, 2012, 11:15am, Down And Out wrote:
Nice tale NSOV. smiley

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« Reply #18 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 11:57am »

on Jun 7th, 2012, 1:35pm, Dust wrote:
Well, this story has been told many times in these pages....

I arrived at college in 1978, with little knowledge of Genesis other than having heard "Your Own Special Way" on the radio. After a couple of days there, the guy in the room next to mine--the coolest person I've ever known, by the way--was playing "Squonk" on his stereo. I stuck my head in the doorway and asked, "What is that?"

He smiled mischievously and said, "Come in and have a seat, my son." He played all of A Trick of the Tail. When it was over I didn't move. So he played Wind and Wuthering. Followed by Seconds Out. I was transfixed throughout. Over the next two weeks I delved deeply into all of the previous albums.

And the rest, as they say, is history.


Just imagine how much differently the future would have turned out if the guy in the room next door was a huge fan of KC and The Sunshine Band. grin
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« Reply #19 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 12:10pm »

On January 31st 1983 a friend of mine played to me the third side of the three sides live album. I was blown away, taped the album to cassette and played it to bits. Spent the following two years to buy all Genesis albums.
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« Reply #20 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 12:44pm »

on Jun 8th, 2012, 11:57am, HENRY wrote:
Just imagine how much differently the future would have turned out if the guy in the room next door was a huge fan of KC and The Sunshine Band. grin

Nah, that guy was two doors further down. Kid from Brooklyn.

I often reminisce about the music on my freshman hall. 28 guys... we had the Bruce fanatic, the disco king, the surfer dude, heavy metal man, Styx-fan (my roommate), Jim-Morrison-clone, punskter, jazz saxman, classical afficianado (though he was always in the library studying), and one kid who only listened to Bad Company.

I showed up to school with my Beatles and my Bowie and my Steely Dan and the beginnings of a nice new wave assortment, but trust me... I'd have found the Genesis and Pink Floyd, whichever room it came out of. smiley

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« Reply #21 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 12:46pm »

on Jun 8th, 2012, 12:44pm, Dust wrote:
I showed up to school with my Beatles and my Bowie and my Steely Dan and the beginnings of a nice new wave assortment


I would have loved, being your room mate.

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« Reply #22 on: Jun 9th, 2012, 07:38am »

I know I've told this story before...but, since you asked... smiley

Going by what my dad (Mighty_Mellotron) told me, I had a fixation with the In The Air Tonight video when I was a baby.

Then in 1990, at the tender age of 3, I remember hearing Thats All and liking it. I'm guessing I must've made a subconscious connection, thinking "I've heard that voice before" and it went from there. grin

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« Reply #23 on: Jun 10th, 2012, 1:57pm »

There are two Genesis-related songs that i remember hearing as a young child: That's All and Big Time (PG solo)
As a young child i also watched my friend's father play the game MYST.
I played it again in the past couple years and got into it. I started playing the rest of the series, though i have yet to finish. PG's music featured in two of these: Uru- Burn You Up, Myst 4- Curtains. (I have played all through uru but still have not gotten to that part of 4.) Anywhosel. Eventually as i got more and more of PG's solo career i got Nursery Cryme on iTunes, Lamb later on cd. I also ordered foxtrot but it never came. Eventually with money i got as a gift i got the green boxset, then a friend of mine said his favorite album was Trick. I eventually got the red boxset and the other albums digitally. So now i have FGTR and Trick-Abacab as files, all others as boxsets, the first archive, and the hits on cd. Not metioning my even bigger PG solo collection, a few collins albums, and one each of M&M and Banks.
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« Reply #24 on: Jun 13th, 2012, 8:20pm »

I got into Genesis through my dad playing them constantly when I was 3 or 4. I still remember seeing him lift this huge disc onto the stereo and wondering what the hell it was. If I remember correctly it was paperlate that sprung into life and that's what got me mad on drums. As I grew up all I listened to was Genesis, mainly the three man era as I never knew anything about Peter Gabriel or Steve Hackett until I turned about 10/11.

I must have sat for hours upon hours learning the music, the words everything!! It was brilliant! Then as curiosity got the better of me I bugged my dad for ages about who the hell was Peter Gabriel, until he finally put Foxtrot on and said "Here...listen to that!" shocked grin
I was absolutley astounded to the point of disbelief! The sound was different but the quality of music was still there. I loved this band even more! Then came Supper's Ready, Selling England, ATOTT, Seconds Out, TLLDOB... Unbelievable. shocked

Hearing tales from my dad about standing in the pouring rain at the Six of the Best show or his travelling up and down the country to see the Duke, Abacab and Mama tours are both great and depressing as it really really annoys me that it's something I'm never going to get the chance to do. Oh how I wish I could travel back in time... cry
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« Reply #25 on: Jun 14th, 2012, 06:46am »

on Jun 8th, 2012, 07:50am, NoSonofVine wrote:
eventually I began to enjoy it and accept Gabriel's creepier, less friendly-sounding vocals...
However, I still constantly avoided the Gabriel era. It just seemed like weird, creepy territory to go into without the soft, welcoming voice of Phil...
I finally began my journey in getting into the Gabriel era...

Having been brought to the band via DUKE, I have to say the Gabriel era took me a while to warm up to as well. I know at some point I found NURSERY CRYME and FOXTROT in my stepfather's badly kept record collection and was somewhat puzzled as to how they could be related to the later Genesis I'd just started getting to know. (I should note that these LPs were cheap U.S. editions whose packaging didn't name any of the band members.)
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« Reply #26 on: Jun 14th, 2012, 09:07am »

on Jun 8th, 2012, 11:15am, Down And Out wrote:
Nice tale NSOV. smiley


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« Reply #27 on: Jul 11th, 2012, 01:59am »

My best friend at school had already seen the light and in 1973 not that long after it came out he lent me 'Genesis Live' for the weekend, I was around 14... well some time over that weekend my parents went out and I was able to turn the record player volume up a few notches (my Dad hated pop/rock music so I could never play stuff loud when they were in or I'd get "turn that bloody row down!" shouted up the stairs!).
Anyway about halfway through 'The Knife' I got my Genesis epiphany and have never looked back!!
Well I say that, I guess I did lose the faith a bit in the late 80's and early 90's but hey ho!
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« Reply #28 on: Jul 11th, 2012, 02:30am »

In May 1972 I was tempted along to the Red Lion, Leytonstone in East London by some acquaintances to see a band called Genesis. We arrived early, waiting by the entrance that led to the upstairs room where the Chez Club met every weekend when a van pulled up and some young guys got out and started unloading gear. We offered to help them get the equipment up the steep, narrow stairs. My mate, Trevor Tinker was helping lug a mellotron up the staircase when he lost his grip and it slid down and hit the bottom with a resounding thump! Once all the gear was safely in the upstairs room, we were banished again while the band did a soundcheck. It turned out to be a magical evening, after the support band Cottonwood had played their folky set, Genesis took the stage in darkness as ominous mellotron chords rung out despite Trev's earlier accident!), reminding me of the music from 'Clockwork Orange' - it turned out to be a new number, 'Watcher of the Skies'. I was completely unfamiliar with the band's music but their performance drew me in and I still have vivid memories of that first encounter with Genesis, they played 'Musical Box', 'The Fountain of Salmacis', 'Twilight Alehouse', 'The Return of the Giant Hogweed' (with magnesium flashpots!) and a charming version of their then new single 'Happy the Man' with Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins both at the same mike out front, Phil bashing a tambourine as he sang. The seated guitarist, Steve Hackett, reminded me a bit of Robert Fripp who I'd seen with King Crimson and for the encore number, an incredibly powerful piece entitled 'The Knife', even the guitarist stood up! It was an amazing evening and I've been a fan ever since, over 40 years now. I saw them many times during the '72/'73 period, a golden age, Ah! what I'd give for a time machine...
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« Reply #29 on: Jul 11th, 2012, 05:23am »

on Jul 11th, 2012, 02:30am, watcher wrote:
In May 1972 I was tempted along to the Red Lion, Leytonstone in East London by some acquaintances to see a band called Genesis.
.... I saw them many times during the '72/'73 period, a golden age, Ah! what I'd give for a time machine...


Good story.
If you ever get that time machine, I'd like to accompany you. smiley
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