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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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  • 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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  • OcellatedGod

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

    24 Aug 8:06pm Reply
  • Kanouse

    Banks and Rutherford made Genesis go pop, not Collins

    14 Aug 1:19am Reply
  • martijnk79

    I spent 33 or 34 years of my life "hating" Genesis... sorry dad, I was wrong, and I now get why you had "Selling England..." on repeat. It's about as generous as music gets.

    10 Aug 1:57pm Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    I don't hate Collins or pop music (pop is just not my thing), I even think he has some good tunes, but for me Genesis died after "and then there were three". From Duke onward they just became another thing.

    9 Aug 10:34pm Reply
  • friendsweetc

    follow you follow me <3

    4 Aug 2:58pm Reply
  • Prognosis_X

    There's always going to be the hardcore prog fans who said Genesis died when Gabriel left... but for me, Genesis only began. I love Phil Collins and the Phil Collins era of Genesis. And that's coming from someone who appreciates prog in the likes of Rush and Dream Theater.

    28 Jul 4:50am Reply
  • thedeadpools

    "Driving the Last Spike" very underrated. love this song.

    25 Jul 10:04pm Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    But they were still an awesome band even after Hackett left, they were just an awesome pop-rock band instead of an awesome prog-rock band.

    24 Jul 4:48am Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    But even Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering were similar to the Gabriel-era stuff. I blame their stylistic shift on the loss of Steve Hackett more than I do on the loss of Gabriel.

    24 Jul 4:46am Reply
  • BloodoftheKing

    Collins did not ruin the band Gabriel "ruined" the band. He quit the band to do his own thing and with his departure changed the sound of the band. It made the drummer dumb down the music because he had to become the vocalist. Its very hard to be a drummer and a singer especially in a band like genesis. They could not go on playing the music like they used to so they started writing very catchy pop songs that catapulted them into one of the the biggest bands ever.

    24 Jul 4:43am Reply
  • trank_grappa

    "The Musical Box" or "Supper's Ready" give me the shivers - still, after 40 years of listening to these songs! i'd say this is a sign of quality and "doing the right thing". they certainly did! (well, and what came later came later, this is how it goes, everything is subject to change and decay ...)

    10 Jul 8:30am Reply
  • SoundscapeMN

    hey, for the Kevin Gilbert fans who may come here (Kevin was a noted Genesis fan, and his band Giraffe performed The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway live in 1994, and was likely to audition for Genesis in 1996), Kevin's 1st solo record "THUD" could be coming out on VINYL.! Please make a comment (for those who have Facebook) in this Post if you are interested.

    10 Jul 1:26am Reply
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