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Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom (1967 – 1998, 2006 – present)

At least two artists have used the name “Genesis”:
1. A British progessive rock band
2. A 60s psychedelic band from Los Angeles, California
For the Colombian band, please see Génesis.

1. Genesis formed in 1967 in Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom was one of the most popular bands in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. During the 1970s, Peter Gabriel was the lead singer until his departure, when drummer Phil Collins stepped up to the mic and replaced him.

Starting as an amalgam of two bands formed by schoolboys attending Charterhouse School in Godalming, England, the original lineup consisted of Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Chris Stewart, though Stewart was soon replaced as drummer by John Silver and then John Mayhew. By the end of 1970, Phillips and Mayhew had left the band, with Collins joining as drummer, and by early 1971, guitarist Steve Hackett had filled the gap left by Phillips. The lineup of Gabriel, Banks, Hackett, Rutherford, and Collins remained in place until Gabriel’s departure in 1975.

During the period of 1970-1975, the band produced some of the most widely-acclaimed albums of the progressive rock era, including “Nursery Cryme”, “Foxtrot” (featuring the side-long epic “Supper’s Ready”) and the seminal album “Selling England By The Pound”, which generated Genesis’ first foray into the charts with “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)”. This lineup culminated with the band’s magnum opus “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” in 1974. Following the tour promoting the album, frontman Peter Gabriel left the group in mid 1975.


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  • Toma400

    Progressive time is nice, but soft rock time is also awesome!

    19 Oct 4:39pm Reply
  • HerrWolfenstein

    immer das gleiche die schlechtesten titel stehn ganz oben ....tztztz mainstream rotze ...

    19 Oct 9:56am Reply
  • amaroK_usr

    Flight123 yeah I said when it was on, "I wonder if they'll even mention Ray Wilson," and then laughed when they ended with We Can't Dance xD Which was a shame. As much as I really didn't enjoy Calling All Stations, Ray was NOT the problem there. His version of Carpet Crawlers is phenomenal.

    18 Oct 3:28pm Reply
  • Flight123

    Yes, there was a shot of the fans singing along to it. Indeed, if we had all had a chance to edit it there would be a thousand different versions... Much more detail to be found in the books like 'Chapter and Verse'

    7 Oct 1:31pm Reply
  • Ryantalope

    Got to love Carpet Crawlers :)

    6 Oct 4:47pm Reply
  • krisAxe

    True. Ant has been making loads of music too. And Selling England? 20 seconds just to show the album cover and that's it! 90 minutes is not a lot of time to talk about everything, i agree, but you can still cover most events a fairer way, it's just down to the editing

    6 Oct 2:47pm Reply
  • Flight123

    Indeed, or Ant Phillips for that matter. Funny how the last album got air-brushed from history!

    6 Oct 8:20am Reply
  • krisAxe

    Decent documentary, nice to see the guys all together... but what about Steve Hackett's solo career??? Very disappointed

    5 Oct 8:23pm Reply
  • Tr1xx

    @Flight123: I came across the documentary by accident ... very enlightening I must admit

    5 Oct 10:26am Reply
  • Flight123

    All will be revealed in Saturday night's documentary (UK BBC2)!

    30 Sep 1:25pm Reply
  • mikeonet

    40 Jahre: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

    27 Sep 5:23pm Reply
  • Keila_M

    I know what I like, and I like what I know

    17 Sep 4:00am Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Гэбриэл - великий мужик, в 1-й половине 70-х делали гениальную музыку, а вот то, что у них было потом при Коллинзе мне как-то не очень..

    13 Sep 4:45am Reply
  • Prognosis_X

    @ Abomination317. I have to disagree and say that it IS two era's. When the lead singer of a band and/or the most significant member of the band is switched out for someone else, it's a pretty significant change. Who knows what Genesis would've sounded like had Gabriel stayed all those years.

    9 Sep 6:32pm Reply

    they know some harmonies

    8 Sep 11:58pm Reply
  • elf-culture

    love them!

    8 Sep 8:19pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    There are not two eras of Genesis. There is one era that changed over time. And yes Genesis made Genesis go pop.

    31 Aug 9:01pm Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Both eras are good [2] The 80's made Genesis go pop, indeed. Almost all prog bands did the same easy-listening process.

    27 Aug 1:30pm Reply
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    27 Aug 3:51am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    The 80's made Genesis go pop. Quit pointing fingers.

    24 Aug 8:06pm Reply
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