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First up is Genesis

Post  misery guts on Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:53 am

Formed in the late 1960's by college friends, they expanded their sound in the following decade, but suffered line-up changes. Global success came in the 1980's, but an ill-advised change in the 1990's didn't work. They moved from Prog to Pop, and the individual members had varying degrees of personal and professional success, and they continue to inspire interest to this day. Here are just a few of their highlights:

I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

Follow You, Follow Me

Land of Confusion

Jesus, He Knows Me

Congo

Peter Gabriel
Phil Collins
Mike Rutherford
Tony Banks
Steve Hackett
Ray Wilson
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:27 pm

The Genesis Songbook
From 2000, a gentle amble through a familiar story of the college boys whose line-up proved changeable, who were able to replace Peter Gabriel with Phil Collins to great success. When Phil left in 1993, their next replacement proved less successful. Of course, hindsight shows that Phil returned after this was made, and the band toured again & again, despite Phil's hearing difficulties.

Genesis: A History
An hour & a half, possibly from 1990-1. Jonathan King is free to comment on their early stuff, and Peter Gabriel has a lush thick hairdo. The transition from the Gabriel era to the later Collins-led stuff is well presented, and this was a typically entertaining work.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:09 pm

Behind The Music: Genesis
The familiar story of how guys met at public school, went through line-up changes, but produced a solid popular sound for the masses. It's a shame that Ray Wilson is the Jonah of the story, but it seems the fans forced him out more than anything else.

Discovering: Genesis
The critic-packed show returns for a new series with a look at the highs and lows, obscurity and mainstream glories. I don't think their Ray Wilson era really deserves the drubbing it always gets, but OTOH, I can see why it didn't achieve what they hoped it would.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:21 pm

Genesis: When In Rome - 2007
An enthralling hour & half show at the Circo Massimo, to a supposed crowd of half a million. Apparently the full show is a lot longer, but this was good anyway, and mixed the hits with stuff for fans, ending here with 'Invisible Touch'.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:21 pm

Genesis: Together and Apart
Coinciding with the recent R-Kive boxset/compilation thing, this new doc covered the usual ground. Celebrity fans like author Mark Billingham and comedian Al Murray made a change, as did an appearance for their 1st producer, rogue Jonathan King, who at least had the grace to admit they did much better for themselves than he could do for them. No mention of Ray Wilson or the Calling All Stations album which they didn't really give much chance to, though. Tony Banks came across as the most difficult band member.

TOTP2: Genesis
Put together with the above, it managed to include a solo hit from Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & The Mechanics, which suggests someone's heart wasn't in it. The inevitable non-TOTP footage also highlighted the slackness of the project, plus the (admittedly superior) videos for Land of Confusion and I Can't Dance. Somehow rare clips of Paperlate or Many Too Many didn't quite balance it out.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:26 am

Genesis: The Gabriel Years Part One - From Revelations to Nursery Crime
I'll be amused to see how many editions this series might run to. Especially given that this one covered 3 albums, and whizzed through the first 2 in about 10 minutes, leaving the rest of the hour for their 3rd album, where the classic line-up with Collins and Hackett included began to make its mark. There was an archive clip of Jonathan King, but mainly it was the usual faces singing praises, how their musical invention was typically English, and Peter Gabriel's dressing up was a by-product of his songs. The more certain albums are written off, though, the more intriguing they become.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:49 am

Genesis: Three Sides Live
A gig from Nov 1981, interspersed with some bts chat to Hugh Fielder. The performance is of course really good, from Behind The Lines through to Turn It On Again. Whether the premise that Phil could be considered on an equal footing to Mike & Tony is credible is up to the viewer, I guess.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:27 am

Genesis: Turn It On Again - 1976-1980
What happened when Peter Gabriel left, what happened after Steve Hackett also decided to leave, and how the prog purity was replaced by pop persistence. For some, this was when Genesis went crap. For others, it was when they finally came good.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:41 pm

Genesis - Turn It On Again 1980-2000
So, clearly the 3rd part of 3. This amusingly spent 25 mins on Duke, and then skipped forward mightily so that Ray Wilson could give his side of the story on his all-too-brief time in the band. The panic of Rutherford & Banks because the Americans didn't like the album is amusing, and Wilson feels that by the end of the tour promoting it, they were properly connected - so that the next album would have cleaned up. But the others chickened out.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:09 am

Neil McCormick's Needle Time: Tony Banks
It took a long time to get to the point, which was a new boxset compiling his solo albums. To get there, we had a runthrough of the career of Genesis, how he found he could play the piano by ear, how the band paid their dues in clubs, how it was easier to write longer compositions than shorter ones, felt Peter Gabriel had been introverted like himself, how Phil calmed down the excesses of Peter's stagecraft, the impact of Phil's own solo career, the direction his own solo career took over time, a reissue series of his albums in new 5.1 sound, criticism of modern music for overuse of chord sequences, the slim chances of more Genesis shows, and how happy he was to still be working. Quite a delightful picture.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:54 am

The Anthony Phillips Story - Part 1: The Genesis Years
The Anthony Phillips Story - Part 2: The Post-Genesis Years

One of many CherryRed.tv interviews now being broadcast, this covered in pretty heavy detail how Anthony came to help form Genesis, why he left, and what he did since. Often portrayed in histories as the Syd Barrett or Peter Green of the story, he was actually really chatty and interesting, and not at all marble-deficient. He found Hank Marvin an inspiration to playing guitar, and felt their first Jonathan King-connected LP at least gave them some practice to get an act together, which they improved on the road. He suffered with illness and had to duck out of the band. He released a few solo albums afterwards, albeit with mixed commercial results. He found punk to be pretty poor. He did find an unlikely goldmine in releasing albums of extra instrumental material, some of which was dubbed New Age. All in all, he made for a good interview.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:12 am

The Steve Hackett Story
Much like the above, though obviously only 1 edition. He's worked with Yes member Chris Squire on a project colloquially dubbed "Squackett". He's busy with lots of projects. He played harmonica before he picked up the guitar, and was inspired by Segovia as much as he was by Clapton and others. He did an LP as part of Quiet World, before joining Genesis. He often felt like an outsider, and his inherent modesty led to frustration. When he left, it was to obtain more autonomy. As he wasn't a natural singer, he worked with Ritchie Havens, and Lis Frazer, and even a pre-fame Randy Crawford. He found his early solo work contrasting with the punk trend. Was part of GTR Project in the 80s, with mixed fortunes. Also worked with Steven Wilson. Retains his enthusiasm for music and had no plans to retire, with plenty of live work. He came across very well.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:35 am

Genesis - Up Close & Personal
The usual format, albeit heavily focused on the Peter Gabriel years, then quite a bit on Steve Hackett, before closing out with the turn towards more commercial success, only up to the "Duke" album.
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