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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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  • Coolbutlame

    There are only two bad Genesis albums: Invisible Touch and Calling All Stations (both have some good tracks, but they don't save anything). Everything else is gold. Stop fighting, you guys.

    18 Apr 3:17am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I actually think the albums with Steve Hackett were still good, even when Peter Gabriel left.

    13 Apr 3:36pm Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    Land of Confusion!! ♥

    9 Apr 11:07pm Reply
  • Kittichan

    Woah, whenever people start their sentences with: "Phil Collins killed Genesis..." I just can't take them seriously. They changed their style of music, sure, but there are three people in this band and all of them have a voice, so I guess all of them agreed to move forward. If you don't like it, don't listen to it. But just stop your whining.

    7 Apr 9:05pm Reply
  • FrameBuster

    Phil Collins didn't kill anything or anyone... After Hackett and Gabriel leaving there were two options: Quit the band or keep on going as a trio.

    4 Apr 2:28pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    v The Genesis that you loved may have died but it was hardly Phil Collins's fault.

    2 Apr 3:53pm Reply
  • Echlackowalex

    Phil Collins killed Genesis,that I loved.The albums with Gabriel and Hackett are much better.

    2 Apr 2:54pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    >implying that Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England and The Lamb aren't part of the Phil Collins era. >implying that Selling England is better than the Lamb.

    18 Mar 11:16am Reply
  • bored1000

    Trespass= Foxtrot> Selling England> The Lamb> Nursery Cryme> Phil Collins era

    13 Mar 6:59pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    There isn't ever a major shift in direction. It's all gradual. While Wind and Wuthering is clearly a much better album than ATTTT (or however many bloody t's that thing has) in terms of style and 'progginess'. And again with Duke you have a much poppier sound but one that's still very much based in prog, just lightlly less than before. It's fascinating to see the gradual change to the pop music of Invisible Touch that arguably started with The Lamb.

    12 Mar 8:12pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    don't forget foxtrot

    11 Mar 1:24am Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    Trick of the Tail is awesome. I love both eras of Genesis

    10 Mar 8:36pm Reply
  • expeditopaz

    I love the 80's Genesis, and started recently to discover their early material. Selling England By the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway are great, great albums.

    8 Mar 6:43am Reply
  • dr_bun

    selling England by the pound will forever be their best imo

    6 Mar 2:34am Reply
  • TylerSymes

    In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock.

    3 Mar 6:22am Reply
  • Drazba

    For me, I first thought that when peter left it was over, but trick and wind had some good things going on, but after Steve left, that was the major shift in direction.

    2 Mar 7:15pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    and imo trick of the tail is awful

    28 Feb 4:52pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    Foxtrot is a masterpiece

    28 Feb 4:32pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    "I pretty much dig all of it ... a little tired of the invisible touch era ... but all the albums have some good stuff on them .. even We Can't Dance and Calling All Stations" We Can't Dance has some great stuff on it. Calling All Stations however...

    27 Feb 8:35pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is the Apocalypse Now of music. ;)

    22 Feb 8:56pm Reply
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