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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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  • MisterJunior

    ...your instrument but going out there and doing it anyway? I've read countless articles, reader/viewer comments, books, etc., where they say "The Sex Pistols couldn't play their instruments, but they could write a song!" or that The Clash "learned to play their instruments" on Give 'Em Enough Rope, etc. Having literally no instrumental skill and just being an enthusiastic kid who wanted to make music was most certainly not a quality of the earliest Punks. The Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Damned, Buzzcocks, etc., etc., all could play their instruments fine. Sid Vicious couldn't, but he didn't really even play bass on the record anyway. Anyway, I'm rambling. But yes, I hate the idea that presenting music as a spectacle in a professional, entertaining and ambitious way is considered to be an atrocity while wearing ripped jeans and a t-shirt and struggling through a 2-minute song with 1 chord and shouting about your lousy parents is considered desirable.

    27 Jul 12:53am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    I like a lot of Punk too but I hate the scorn Progressive Rock endures from "Journalists" and music fans who can't distinguish objective reality from what basically amounts to a good story. It's a much more exciting story if you present the Sex Pistols as a band who were formed to destroy all the bloated, irrelevant music that had come before than to acknowledge that much of it was a very consciously image-concerned marketing strategy to mask the fact that they were basically just playing slightly sped-up guitar rock. Most of the other early Punks didn't really even HAVE a "mission statement." The Ramones certainly didn't. The Clash was pretty outspoken but how long did they remain "Punk" in the strictest sense? It's really just music writers and fans who have this ridiculous fairy-tale idea of Punk who view the showmanship, technical acumen and ambition of the Proggers as anathema to good taste. By the way, can we please kill off this idea that Punk was about not being able to play...

    27 Jul 12:47am Reply
  • Iliterat

    The "Criticism" section of their Wikipedia article is quite funny. Apparently, punk critics claimed that "rock music was being taken away from the working class" by Genesis and other prog bands, so it had to be reclaimed because working class music fans just can't handle anything more than three-chord pop songs. What a patronising critique, not even close to being rooted in fact - and I write this as someone who likes a lot of punk music, if not the ethos of its worst advocates.

    23 Jul 10:53am Reply
  • petross85

    Lamb is the only one for me

    13 Jul 10:43pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    Yep, what MisterJunior said. There are good songs even on the trio era albums but the best albums they did are from Trespass to W&W (or Seconds Out if you count live stuff).

    7 Jul 8:50pm Reply
  • theironictea

    1969-1976[3] Phil Collins: a fantastic drummer, one of my favourites, but as a composer? Not so much.

    5 Jul 3:03pm Reply
  • Toma400

    All eras [3] Fuck this close-minded syndrome, everything what Genesis did was full of emotions, meaningful work. With Gabriel, with Collins, with Wilson - every underrated era needs more love and more listeners. Don't be close-minded, guys. Find something beautiful hidden deep under every album. :)

    1 Jul 5:46pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering are both very good albums and they had some good material here and there after that. The best albums they did feature Gabriel but he was far from the only key member of the group.

    17 Jun 7:07pm Reply
  • rob-1988

    This group ended with Peter Gabriel leaving it

    13 Jun 9:02am Reply
  • Raddi27

    Trespass is a masterpiece.

    24 May 9:49pm Reply

    Greatest band.

    22 May 1:50am Reply
  • Forzelius

    All 6 albums between Trespass - ATOTT are near perfect masterpieces, but Trespass is probably the most overlooked. it definitely deserves more love and more listeners. [2]

    20 May 3:49pm Reply
  • IgIanBarrett


    17 May 3:26pm Reply
  • KingFahtah

    Phil Collins is the king of rock.

    13 May 12:02pm Reply
  • dethintwosec


    9 May 11:20am Reply
  • nlventura93

    All eras [2] Foxtrot and Lamb the best though

    9 May 7:52am Reply
  • OcellatedGod


    8 May 1:43am Reply
  • android9791

    All eras

    7 May 10:32pm Reply
  • Forzelius

    1970-1974 [2]

    6 May 1:49pm Reply
  • FrithaIV

    My favourite Genesis album changes a lot. It depends on my mood. It was Trick of the Tail for a long time. At the moment I think it's ...And Then There Were Three. Like all three eras of vocalists too, yes even Ray Wilson!!!

    3 May 9:46pm Reply
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