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i had the best experience at the cdepot today. i had trundled around the whole place and picked out everything i wanted except for foxtrot, so i toddled back over to the genesis section, only to find someone else poring through it. i poked around trying to find what i wanted and not disturb her, but had to ask, "you a big genesis fan?" she kind of sheepishly replied that it was more about phil collins, and asked if i knew a song she was thinking of. she sang a few bars. i explained that what she had in her hand was a gabriel era album, and then picked up the album she wanted and handed it to her... then she asked if i worked there. nope! just a big genesis fan, i replied. she smiled really big and thanked me and fairly danced to the register. as i was walking out with my prog haul, she drove up in her (whoah, expensive) car and rolled down the window, phil's voice blasting out, and said, "hey, thanks again!" with a big smile.

for whatever reason, that whole exchange made my entire day. possibly my entire week.

if i come up with something to talk about other than genesis, i'll be sure to let you know. if you think you're sick of it, imagine poor jack.



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May. 7th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
Ha! That's awesome.
May. 7th, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
Very cool
May. 7th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, what was the song?
May. 7th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
in too deep... kind of an obvious choice, being off invisible touch and all, but still. i was just happy to have put all this crap i've been veritably studying to some use, because before this week i sure as hell didn't know much of anything about genesis... :)
May. 7th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
What happened this week?
May. 7th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
i became overwhelmingly obsessed with genesis suddenly.
May. 7th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
For no particular reason? :)
May. 7th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
I think it started with browsing the Genesis Museum, and then snowballed from there, but that site really got me going. :)
May. 8th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
Wow. "Invisible Touch".

Years ago, I was given a stack of LPs, on the basis I was one of very few people to still have a record player. Amongst this stack were a couple of "modern" Genesis efforts.

Invisible Touch, and the 12" single for That's All.

I liked them, because I was in early teenage years, and you can always find space for simple and bouncy music in said years. Then, one day, I flipped over the That's All single. The B side was an epic live version of Firth of Fifth. And thus began my unfortunate slide into symphonic prog...

(Well, actually, Misplaced Childhood is probably far more to blame. But that's not as relevant a reply to a Genesis post.)
May. 8th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting!

I've noticed on the Genesis Forums the past few days as I explore them that there's this ongoing tension between people who were fond of the pop stuff first and then discovered the earlier stuff, and people who were fans "back in the day". The later fans have a rallying cry of, "we'd never have known, if not for the pop!".

I came by long, meandering way of Peter Gabriel's So, which was about the second album I ever bought with my own money. That was 20 years ago; and only in the past year or so did I purchase, on a whim, Selling England by the Pound. I wish I'd been more curious then!

As far as Marillion goes, all I've heard is Script for a Jester's Tear, so I can't comment really. :)

So... let me know if you have any reccomendations. :)
May. 9th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Script For A Jester's Tear is quite representative. It's maybe a little less polished in terms of technique in comparison to the later albums - I suppose a good comparison would be that it's like Queen's Sheer Heart Attack in relation to A Night At The Opera. It might not be the pinnacle of the group's technical ability, but it's a damn good signifier of what's to come.

One of the big things to remember about Misplaced Childhood is that it was recorded in 1985 and contained songs that were hit singles at the time. Therefore it's very much a product of the age. Which in less kind terms means it's dated. A lot. On the other hand, I think it's a very good fascimile of what Genesis might have been doing in 1985 had Gabriel and Hackett remained with the band... very lyrical, synth-heavy music relying a lot on the range and personality of the lead singer, and skating dangerously on the edge of pop music from time to time.

My best recommendation would be to borrow or download a high-quality copy of Heart Of Lothian - being in my opinion the most "representative" track on the album, touching briefly on most of the musical themes that are developed through the record.

Edited to correct the mistake I always make. Misplaced Childhood is from 1985, not '89. The LP copy I have was bought in 1989, which is why I always make the mistake. Apologies for mass screwups and all that...
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