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xx Your Genesis Backstory
« Thread started on: Jun 6th, 2012, 3:34pm »

This should be fun...

We all have a story, whether your parents got you into Genesis or we found them on our own. Or you could have followed them since In The Begining (See what I did there) Either way it should be fun to hear your story!

So how did you find out about this band?
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 06:53am »

I think we that kind of threads before wink

Well. My dad kept playing Selling England when I was little so the guitar solo in Firth was stuck in my ear. That was the start.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 11:42am »

on Jun 7th, 2012, 06:53am, Schrottrocker wrote:
I think we that kind of threads before wink

Indeed, many times before. But I'll play anyway. wink My dad bought And Then There Were Three shortly after release in 1978, but I didn't seriously get into it until about 1982. I bought the self-titled album in late 1983 and shortly afterwards added Abacab and Duke to "fill in the gaps". I went to university in September 1984 and by the time Invisible Touch came out in 1986, I owned all the official releases. smiley
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 12:59pm »

As a young boy I absolutely loved the Tarzan film and soundtrack and I loved to watch the bonus features with Phil Collins and the music videos. I also really liked "In The Air Tonight", I think we had Face Value on a cassette tape. I also remember hearing "Solsbury Hill" on the radio once when I was about 10 and I enjoyed it and the track name stuck in my head, and we had the greatest hits of Mike and the Mechanics on CD which I rather enjoyed.

When my mum got the Platinum Collection for Christmas 2007, I heard "No Son Of Mine" and said "this sounds like Phil Collins!" I enjoyed that song and some of the ones following it, but I didn't hear the album again for a while. Then at school one day we had an activity in a French lesson where we had to ask various questions to people in the class, one of which was "what is your favourite band" (in French of course!! wink) I asked this question to my French teacher and he said "Genesis". I had recently got an iPod at this point, and so this event persuaded me to find our Platinum Collection and put it on my iPod. I quickly fell in love with "No Son of Mine", and eventually, after some listens, managed to fall in love with every other track on the three discs. After many many listens to that set, I bought A Trick Of The Tail and Three Sides Live from HMV and the rest is history tongue

It was with huge surprise that I discovered later that the initial lead singer was the guy who sang "Solsbury Hill", and that Mike was the Mike from Mike and the Mechanics!! grin
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 1:00pm »

I'm sure I've posted about this before as well, but always happy to repeat myself as my husband will attest....

In the sixth form my best friend and I were going out with two chaps (one each!) who were also best mates, the chaps being into 'prog' generally. (I seem to recall a fondness for Rush on their part, too). They introduced both of us to 'ATTWT' - this would have been the early 80's, so Duke and Abacab would have been released, but they probably thought we'd like 'Follow You Follow Me'. Indeed we did, and we also liked 'Undertow' although as I have become better acquainted with the Genesis back catalogue there are other songs, and albums I've grown to love more. I then got Duke and Abacab.

I remember buying 'Genesis' as it was released as I started university and saw the Mama tour at the NEC in early '84 - a bit awkward as I'd split up from the boyfriend who introduced me to the band, during my first term at university, but he'd got the tickets so we went together.

My final summer at university was memorable for the release of 'So' and everyone exclaiming over that video, and Invisible Touch. I do recall long summer days after final exams spent with friends loitering in record shops in Birmingham, and you were hard pressed to find them playing anything other than Sledgehammer, Land of Confusion or Invisible Touch, or so my rose tinted memory has me believe.

The rest I have to say is a bit hazy - I can't remember exactly when I worked backwards and bought the older albums (well, they were CDs by then) suffice it to say I've got them all now. Apart from 'The Way We Walk - the shorts'. And having just re-acquainted myself with the tracks on it I still don't feel the need to acquire it!
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 1:35pm »

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.
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xx Re: Your Genesis Backstory
« Reply #6 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 4:08pm »

Well I'm a veteran of forum sites, I've come to realize that as soon as something hits the third page, it's pretty much lost.


As for me, when I was VERY little, I remeber being in love with The Brazillian. Both of my parents are huge Genesis fans and they would play The Brazillian every now and again and I remeber sitting in my parent's room looking at the CD case for Invisible Touch not really knowing what is was.

I soon forgot and got into other tunes until one night, my dad and brother told me to listen to this one song, turns out it was "Scenes From a Night's Dream" I very quickly fell in love with it and I call it my first offical song. (I didn't know The Brazillian was by Genesis when I was listening to it) But I still wasn't what you would consider a fan.

One night, we took a cruise down Hollywood and my parents where playing The Old Medely from The Way We Walk. I was VERY interesed in this tune, but I think a little miscommunication brought on my love for this band. I asked them for the title of the song, (I was expecting to get the title for the whole song) but my parents gave me the title of the song that was being played. "Dance on a Volocano". I thought that it was the title of the whole song, went home and bought it on iTunes. And low and behold, I fell in love.

I kept the few songs I had a secret, but I was curious about this band and wanted more. So I would casually ask my mom and dad to play me some. That's when I got into "All In a Mouse's Night", "Whodunnit", "Robbery, Assult, and Battery", "Just a Job to Do", and "Abacab" (Found out about that one when I discovered my mom's old licence plate that read "ABACAAB")

My love really got intense and also very secret after my parents went and saw the LA leg of the 2007 tour, they bought the Chapter and Verse book and I began to read. I quickly discoverd a whole lot more to the band that I didn't know (Like Peter and Steve), quicly devolped a crush on Tony (Still have one), and started discovering more of the band on my own.

And time went by and now I'm a member of a Genesis forum.
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 4:14pm »

Aged about 9 or 10 in 1979 I was staying at a friends house.

The oldest son who was 11 years older than me had an extensive record collection, decent headphones and a really good 'music center';Record player radio and cassette player,remember them!

I decided one night to pick an album at random and listen to it from start to finish.
The album I grabbed was 'Duke'...It seemed strange to my young ears but not too bad overall.

A year or two later a school friend who had recently arrived from New Guinea handed me two tapes he said he thought I might like....one was very early U2,long before thy achieved fame and the other was a Genesis compilation C60 or C90 comprising The Musical Box,Suppers Ready,Fountain of Salmacis,One for the
Vine,Your own Special Way,Horizons...

I was hooked-I couldn't believe the band weren't from the 1960's they seemed to me to sound rooted in that era.
Also I couldn't tell the difference between Phil Collins and Gabriel...Something a slightly older school friend instantly scoffed at.....
I was at that time the biggest Beatles fan you had ever met-but I got a strange feeling about Genesis-I thought 'this is going to be MY band!'

School dinner hours were spent heading for the village record shop,scanning and digesting all the albums /artwork/liner notes...
Who was this Hackett chap then?He looked simply ancient! Were did Phillips fit in and who was this Richard Macphail chappie grinning at me on the rear cover of one record?

So many questions.so much homework at the school library...Who was Father Tiresias,Pythagoras and Where was Mount Ida?
Then a new album by Genesis was released simply titled 'Genesis' with Yellow shapes on the cover...
This record along with 'Thriller ' became the soundtrack to my young adolescent love life.

I finally caught up with all of the bands previous albums-indeed one day I found a £5 note fluttering in the wind and immediately raced to the same village record store and bought Abacab on record-I was expecting so much from Abacab after hearing some of the songs on three sides live,but I was strangely disappointed by this record-no lyrics, no solos,although the band did look fetching in their polo shirts and trainers on the inner sleeve photo!.....

Then after Genesis a long wait ensued before their next release,Invisible touch which except for one or two tracks I found rather disappointing.....

The years years passed by(as Pink Floyd rightly stated)....Recently married in a new flat in the early 90's I had recently set up my stereo system in accord with the advice I had gleaned from what Hi-Fi... and then a song came on played by Bob 'Whispering'Harris...

I just knew instantly from the sound of the keyboards/drums etc it was Genesis.....it was 'No son Of Mine'
I enjoyed this album a bit more than Invisible Touch,especially 'Fading Lights'.

A year or two later I went to see Steve Hackett in a little theater-he was fantastic.
Also discovered Anthony Phillips and joined the waiting room around this time.Alan was kind enough to ring me and we had a good chat for ages on the phone.I actually met him at the Liverpool Gabriel concert in 2002,and I think I sat behind him also at Barclay James Harvest concert-but It may have been his double!

A lot of things seem to come and go in this transient life of ours,but for me two things always remain the same:my love of Genesis and also their oft mentioned partners in prog Yes...(the Union Concert in London 1991 was one of my best concerts ever)

Following bands like Genesis and Yes and all their many associated members always seems to give me something on the horizon to look forward to and discover.

I hope all these guys really appreciate just how much they are appreciated and how much however cliched,they really have been the soundtrack to our lives!...
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 4:37pm »

Likewise, I've told this story before but being as you asked so nicely!....... cheesy

I have two older brothers who naturally were 'in to' bands before I was and therefore influenced me strongly - Free, Pink Floyd and Genesis amongst those influences. Anyway, back in the day of vinyl, I used to rush home from school at lunch-time so as to play my 'middle brother's' copy of 'Trick of the Tail' (he used to stay at school all day as he had started 'courting' a girl and would spend lunch-times with her!). While the cat's away, the mouse will play! wink laugh After repeated playing, the album began to show signs of wear and tear shocked (sacrilege now!!) embarassed - especially on the tracks Ripples and Entangled! Needless to say, my brother eventually discovered the 'damaged goods' and confronted me over it! cool I couldn't really deny it - but try I did! laugh This seemed to naff my brother off and in a very cross voice he said, 'You might as well have it now that you've ruined it!' (Result!!) grin Thing is, on inspection, he had defaced the front cover and drawn a line across the 'T' making it into an 'F'!! grin The album is now affectionately known as 'A F**k of the Tail' in our household now! grin

That album started a love affair with Genesis that has lived with me ever since. I moved forward with them as their career evolved - attending every tour at least once from Knebworth '78 onwards.......At that time I also worked backwards through their catalogue and fell in love with the Gabriel era to the point, it's now the stuff I favour. I consider myself an all-eras fan though because I grew up with the Genesis of the '80's and still hold those tunes fondly in my heart.

Happy days! grin
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 5:09pm »

In 1986 I entered high school and I joined a theater club at school. (I was terrible at theater but my parents thought it would be good for me to overcome my shyness.) We were rehearsing a play based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the soundtrack we used for the play happened to be Selling England by the Pound. I had never heard such magical and fairy-tale like music! Unfortunately I was too shy to ask anyone what the band or the album were called, but I overheard someone saying it was Genesis. So I went to the record store looking for them and I came across Nursery Cryme (on vinyl) and bought it. I liked it very much, but was surprised by its aggression and rawness compared to SEBTP (as were my parents when I played it on the stereo… smiley). Next I bought Invisible Touch (on tape) and again I was surprised (less pleasantly) by the disco beats on the first song (although I loved ‘Domino’). Then finally (after about a year) I managed to ask someone what the album was called that we had used as a soundtrack, got SEBTP and finally could listen to it again in full. That sealed my fate as a Genesis fan…
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 6:13pm »

Most of the bands I listened to in my early teens were peer approved and introduced to me by friends.
Initially, that was fine because the bands I was introduced to at the start included things like Led Zep, Floyd, Rush, the Stones, Sabbath, Nazareth – bands that I still enjoy today.
Then almost overnight, my circle of friends' taste in music shifted in unison towards bands like Motorhead, Judas Priest and ACDC.
I felt a bit like an outsider at that point. I didn’t mind some ACDC, but much of the rest, I just couldn’t get into.

I felt I needed to discover my own music, something that reflected my own unique tastes and not just something that was handed down to me.
I started listening to late night FM radio, this was back in the day when they would occasionally play one or both sides of an album and DJs would talk about bands and you could actually learn something.

One of the first bands that really made impact on me was a group I had never previously heard of, but had just released a new album entitled And Then There Were Three.
They played a couple of tracks and I recall saying to myself, "Now, THAT is a singer I could listen to all day."
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 06:39am »

I've told my tale before so I'll make it quick:

I was initially drawn to Genesis by the combined force of "Turn It On Again" and "Misunderstanding" on the radio, having previously only heard of them via FYFM.
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« Reply #12 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 06:52am »

A friend and I was walking somewhere(either through the local woods or from the train station to his sisters) and he kept reciting various lines from early Genesis,mainly from Supper's Ready,which intrigued me.Around the same time,my cousin taped me Wind And Wutthering,which I played constantly,until the tape expired, which meant I had to buy the album smiley
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 8th, 2012, 07:12am »

on Jun 7th, 2012, 06:53am, Schrottrocker wrote:
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Yes we have!! cheesy

...For me it was about 1976/77 sitting in my teenage brother's bedroom listening to/looking through his extensive Genesis LP record collection!

I was only about 6 or 7 at the time but was completely mesmerised by the outer and inner sleeve of A Trick of The Tail and even more so by the songs shocked - which were like stories to me!

...A great age to get into the band!

Upstairs my older brother would be listening to his rock music and downstairs my older sister would be listening to her ABBA records!! grin...Funnily enough both types of music rubbed off on me! wink
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on Jun 7th, 2012, 4:37pm, ChocolateSurprise wrote:
Likewise, I've told this story before but being as you asked so nicely!....... cheesy

I have two older brothers who naturally were 'in to' bands before I was and therefore influenced me strongly - Free, Pink Floyd and Genesis amongst those influences. Anyway, back in the day of vinyl, I used to rush home from school at lunch-time so as to play my 'middle brother's' copy of 'Trick of the Tail' (he used to stay at school all day as he had started 'courting' a girl and would spend lunch-times with her!). While the cat's away, the mouse will play! wink laugh After repeated playing, the album began to show signs of wear and tear shocked (sacrilege now!!) embarassed - especially on the tracks Ripples and Entangled! Needless to say, my brother eventually discovered the 'damaged goods' and confronted me over it! cool I couldn't really deny it - but try I did! laugh This seemed to naff my brother off and in a very cross voice he said, 'You might as well have it now that you've ruined it!' (Result!!) grin Thing is, on inspection, he had defaced the front cover and drawn a line across the 'T' making it into an 'F'!! grin The album is now affectionately known as 'A F**k of the Tail' in our household now! grin


Happy days! grin


I always like hearing that story! - Typical brother's!!!

I remember one of my brothers drawing on my sister's Osmonds LP out of dislike for the Osmonds!!! - Mind you - I think I would've done the same!! - Ha! cheesy
She was only about 9 or 10 at the time and cried for hours!! rolleyes
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