Genesis is an English group formed in 1967 and originally composed of Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Anthony Phillips. A group that can boast of having sold no less than 150 million albums around the world.
They recorded their first album “From genesis to revelation” in 1969, an album that turned out to be a monumental failure. In particular by the fact that some record stores, for lack of information, classify it under the heading "Religious music" ...! Confusion partly linked to the name.
Following the departure of the drummer considered too weak, an advertisement was placed in the specialized musical journal Melody Maker, an advertisement to which a certain… Phil Collins would respond. Who will be retained, impressive by his technique and his fun side.
The new group released the album "Nursery cryme" in 1971, which was to meet with very relative success. Followed in 1972 by the album "Foxtrot" which will meet with greater success, especially in France.
It was from this time that Peter Gabriel began his "shows" on stage, including telling surrealist stories and dressing up in extravagant costumes. And the public likes it, the group's notoriety is felt.
Growing success from 1973 with the release of the album "Selling England by the pound", album carried by their first big hit namely "I know what I like (In your Wardrobe)" which was released in 1974.
The years go by but are not alike. Proof with the year 1975 which coincides with the departure of Peter Gabriel who no longer finds his place within the group. He made a song "Solsbury Hill" which was to be one of his first big solo hits.
With the auditions to find a new singer proving to be very disappointing - too many eccentrics - it is in the end Phil Collins who is chosen to take up the torch. And who will revitalize the group like never before.
New singer and new sound in 1978 for the release of the album "... And then there were three". Album that will produce one of their biggest hits, namely the enormous "Follow you follow me". The group's notoriety is soaring, especially across the Atlantic.
New success in 1980 with the album "Duke" from which the flagship singles "Turn it on again" and "Misunderstanding" were extracted. Followed in 1981 by the album "Abacab" from which the single of the same name will be extracted mainly. Success due in part to the use of new synthetic sounds.
Great year 1983 with the release of the album "Genesis" which met with great success at the international level. Album which will produce one of the most beautiful titles of the group namely the magnificent but equally scary "Mama".
They did it again three years later in 1986 with the release of the album "Invisible touch", an album that remains to this day one of the group's biggest commercial success with more than 10 million albums sold worldwide. And which will produce several mega hits like "Land of confusion" and "Invisible touch".
Five years will pass before the supreme consecration which comes in 1991 with the release of the album "We can’t dance". Huge album which won all the top Charts places around the world and which was going to sell at record levels. From which will be extracted mainly the hits "We can’t dance" in reaction to the Techno wave, as well as "Jesus he knows me" in reaction to televangelism.
Album which will be the last for Phil Collins who leaves the ship, preferring to manage his solo career. Despite the release of other titles later, this departure will spell the end for this extraordinary group which will have left a deep, indelible and high quality mark in the musical history of the 80s.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
The silent sun 1968
Happy the man 1972
I know what I like (In your wardrobe) 1974
Counting out time 1974
Carpet crawlers 1975
Your own special way 1977
Follow you follow me 1978
Many too many 1978
Turn it on again 1980
No reply 1981
Keep it dark 1981
Man on the corner 1982
That’s all 1983
Home by the sea 1983
Illegal alien 1984
Taking it all too hard 1984
Invisible touch 1986
Throwing it all away 1986
In too deep 1986
Land of confusion 1986
Tonight, tonight, tonight 1987
No son of mine 1991
I can’t dance 1991
Hold on my heart 1992
Jesus he knows me 1992
Never a time 1992
Tell me why 1993
Not about us 1998
1968 ... all the very beginnings of a small group that came out of nowhere and in a few decades would become one of the major groups of the end of the 20th century. Just that...
1972 ... evolution is slow but certain. But it is clear that there is still a little work to be done before arriving at the big leagues ...
1974 ... the first classified title of the group. Very 70s, total psychedelic atmosphere. Even if this one will only be classified across the Channel, that's already what they say
1974 ... the dynamic is now well in place and all the group has to do is find THE title that will set them apart from the crowd. Patience, patience ...
1975 ... surprisingly, this title of more than certain quality will go somewhat under the radar. It will not be for this time unfortunately ...
1977 ... then much more interesting until this title. This time, the success extends to both sides of the Atlantic. The group displays a talent already more than obvious. And this is just the start !
1977 ... that's it, the hits machine is well and truly launched. And given what is on the horizon, the group has every reason to believe in a bright future ...
1978 ... the title of the planetary revelation. A HUGE first hit that propels them into the limelight at the speed of light. MAS-TER-FUL !
1978 ... a first Intimist title of any beauty and which shows all the potential of the group in this field. And there is potential. The rest will prove it !
1980 ... a new decade that starts off with a bang with this title that spins at 200 km/h. And who gives them their first success of the decade
1980 ... henceforth, the hits each year will be conjugated in the plural. It will be the last for this year
1981 ... the first mega hit of the decade and probably one of their most iconic. The group now has perfect command of its subject !
1981 ... this title will not really have the same level of success as its predecessor but confirms that the group is now part of the planetary Elite. Just recognition !
1981 ... an astonishing title, indefinable but which works once again. And isn't that the main thing !
1982 ... a very smooth title which will not remain like their Masterpiece but which offers a nice moment of emotions
1982 ... the big hit of the year is this one. As for the next one, it won't be big, it won't be huge. It's going to be AMAZING !
1983 ... and the AMAZING, here it is. A musical monument that will surely remain as one of the most emblematic titles of the decade, if not of the twentieth century. A marvel of inspiration that mixes extreme finesse, distressing moments but also colossal strength with an absolutely incredible touch on the drums by Phil Collins at the end of the piece
1983 ... an exceptional year 1983 which saw them link mega hit to mega hit. An inspiration that is constantly renewed, title after title ...
1983 ... the 'little' hit of the year. It must be said that it would have been absolutely exceptional to align mega hits of the level of 'Mama' ...
1984 ... a year 1984 of transition which will not bring major hits. A good job but nothing more. We will be content anyway ...
1984 ... a nice title full of finesse which will only experience its heyday on the other side of the Atlantic. A year 1984 decidedly very complicated to manage ...
1986 ... the years go by and are not necessarily alike. 1984 will be a very average vintage and 1985 will be a completely blank year. Funny paradox. On the other hand, comeback in 1986 and what a comeback !
1986 ... the group alternates between 'huge' years and 'without' years. This is indeed a 'huge' with a second top hit in the wake ...
1987 ... a return to the beautiful Intimist. Here they sign a remarkably inspired new title that literally floats in the air
1986 ... undoubtedly one of their biggest hits. All carried by an anthology clip. A decidedly incredible year !
1987 ... and what about that one ! Comparable to 'Mama' in the orchestration as well as in the melody, it almost borders on perfection !
1991 ... new break. This time of 4 years, just that ! We therefore go directly to the next decade. And my faith, they sign a new comeback of any beauty which shows that they still have a lot under the pedal !
1991 ... their biggest hit of the decade. They will have crossed the decade 70, then 80 with disconcerting ease. And nothing seems to stop them in this decade of 90
1992 ... new moment of pure emotions with this absolutely sumptuous title. An absolutely incredible discography which grows richer year after year, song after song ...