Genesis (English rock band)

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Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups throughout its history, of which eleven musicians became full time members. Its most recent formation comprised two founding members — keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford — and drummer/singer Phil Collins, who joined in 1970. Genesis are one of the best selling music artists of all time with 21.5 million certified units sold in the US and approximately 130 million albums worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Formed by five pupils at Charterhouse School, Genesis were initially regarded as a "pop experiment" as evident by their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation (1969). They evolved into a progressive rock band with Trespass (1970) and Nursery Cryme (1971), which showcased longer tracks, fantasy inspired lyrics, and complex song structures and instrumentation - the latter featured the debut of Collins on drums and new lead guitarist Steve Hackett. Their success continued with Foxtrot (1972), which features the 23-minute track "Supper's Ready", and Selling England by the Pound (1973). Genesis concerts during this time became theatrical experiences with stage design, pyrotechnics, story telling, and singer Peter Gabriel wearing make-up and costumes. In 1975, after touring in support of their double concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), Gabriel left the band. Collins would handle drums, percussion, drum machine (starting in 1980) and lead vocals on their subsequent studio albums, of which three more were released in the 1970s: A Trick of the Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1976), and ...And Then There Were Three... (1978). The single "Follow You Follow Me" from the latter was a major international success and represented a change in their musical direction, becoming more pop-oriented and commercially accessible.

In 1980, Genesis scored their first UK No. 1 album with Duke (1980). Their commercial success grew with further UK No. 1 albums Abacab (1981) and Genesis (1983), which coincided with Collins's increasing popularity as a solo artist. The band peaked with Invisible Touch (1986), their best-selling album, from which all five singles released entered the top five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Invisible Touch" reaching the No. 1 spot. In 1991, after a five-year break, Genesis continued their mainstream success with We Can't Dance (1991), which contained the worldwide hit single "I Can't Dance". In 1996, Collins departed the band, which led to Ray Wilson taking his place on vocals. Wilson, Banks and Rutherford released Calling All Stations (1997), which sold well in Europe but peaked at No. 53 in the U.S., their lowest charting album since 1974. Following a European tour in 1998, the band went on hiatus.

In 2006, Banks, Rutherford and Collins reunited for the 2007 Turn It On Again Tour, which included a free concert in Rome that was attended by 500,000 people. The future of the band remains uncertain; Collins stated that he was retiring from the music industry in 2011 but has since indicated he is considering a return, whilst Banks indicated that Genesis had come to an end during an interview in 2012. In 2014, Gabriel, Banks, Rutherford, Collins, and Hackett reunited for a BBC documentary, Genesis: Together and Apart.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1969 From Genesis to Revelation 3 27
1970 Trespass 4 13
1971 Nursery Cryme 4 14
1972 Foxtrot 4.65 14
1973 Selling England by the Pound 4.3 23
1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 4.45 20
1976 A Trick of the Tail 3.85 20
1976 Wind & Wuthering 4 13
1978 …and Then There Were Three… 3.35 14
1980 Duke 3.35 13
1981 Abacab 3.75 14
1983 Genesis 3.8 13
1986 Invisible Touch 4.15 12
1991 We Can’t Dance 2.75 7
1997 ...Calling All Stations... 3 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1974 70's Pop Sound 1
1975 Reflection: Rock Theatre 2
1991 Turn It On Again: Best of ’81–’83 2
1998 Archive 1967–75 3 3
1999 Turn It On Again: The Hits 3.5 8
2000 Archive #2 1976–1992 3
2004 Platinum Collection 4.35 4
2007 1976–1982 4 2
2007 1983–1998 2 2
2007 14 From Our Past 4 1
2008 1970–1975 5 2
2014 R-Kive 2
Romantic Ballads 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Genesis Live: Follow You, Follow Me 1
2009 Live 1973–2007 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1973 Live 4 10
1977 Seconds Out 4 7
1982 Three Sides Live 7
1992 The Way We Walk, Volume 1: The Shorts 4 4
1992 In Concert 1976 1
1993 The Way We Walk, Volume 2: The Longs 3
2007 Genesis 1
2007 Live Over Europe 2007 2
2009 Live at the Rainbow 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1968 The Silent Sun 3 1
1968 A Winter’s Tale 3 1
1971 The Knife 5 1
1973 Watcher of the Skies 5 1
1974 The Carpet Crawlers / The Waiting Room 5 1
1978 Follow You Follow Me 1
1980 Duchess 2 1
1980 Misunderstanding 1
1980 Turn It on Again 1 1
1981 Abacab 1 1
1981 Keep It Dark 1 1

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