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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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  • PrettyStar

    1977-1991 - my favorite period

    15 Dec 4:22pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Maybe your subconscious is trying to tell you that you like Genesis more than you realize.

    10 Dec 7:16am Reply
  • Devils1674

    I had a dream last night that Genesis was my most listened to band.There is nothing wrong with that, I like Genesis as much as the next person but they are far from the most listened to band.

    7 Dec 4:55am Reply
  • cmufinayn

    I think Phil Collins' bullshit activism a la U2 and populist, derivative music (he's copying Gabriel all along) is much more pretentious than Peter Gabriel's literate Dylanesque poetry and classic inspired edgy sound.

    6 Dec 7:17pm Reply
  • xterra12

    one song uk we love

    6 Dec 5:32pm Reply
  • cmufinayn

    Both very overrated and very underrated band ever. At different periods.

    4 Dec 5:57pm Reply
  • SPaGetTea

    I have the best music library that you ever seen :3

    21 Nov 9:45am Reply
  • Assedor

    This deep and rich music envelops into the atmospheric state of mind and plunges in ambiguous concepts with enormous of interpretations.

    21 Nov 6:05am Reply
  • Pollepard

    Mama = my childhood

    19 Nov 2:15pm Reply
  • Poisonnation

    I just saw Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited show in New York the other day and I was really impressed how well he and his excellent band performed all the classic tunes live. Its honestly the closest thing you'll get to an actual Genesis reunion show. Seems like Hackett is the only member of the original line up who's still interested in keeping these classic tunes alive and relevant, and I highly respect him for that. 

    17 Nov 3:57am Reply
  • Flight123

    OR, if they had gone 'instrumental' - which was a considered option after Gabriel left.... Brand X?

    12 Nov 3:35pm Reply
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  • TylerSymes

    Peter Gabriel era Invisible Touch would still be better.

    9 Nov 12:14pm Reply
  • Abomination317

    I honestly think that, had Peter Gabriel stayed, they still would have ended up with Invisible Touch. It might have been different and there would probably be a different route, but they wouldn't have ended up making something to rival Supper's Ready in the mid-80s.

    7 Nov 10:11pm Reply
  • onthewall2983

    2 Nov 7:17pm Reply
  • 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
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