March 23, 2008

Genesis - The Original Line-Up


David Amulet has a good post today, check it out here.

Who is your favorite from the originial line-up of this band? For some reason I've always liked Mike Rutheford and one of my favorite songs of all time is by Mike and The Mechanics. In case you are familiar with it, its not the lyrics that intrigue me, its the music (I am not that kind of girl)

7 comments:

JM said...

Sorry, but I've got to go with Peter Gabriel back in the day when he was wearing costumes. If the long rumored reunion ever takes place, I'm so there!

Malcolm said...

Peter Gabriel is my favorite member of Genesis.

Bruce said...

I've never been a fan of Peter Gabriel; I don't get him. Of the others, Collins is my favorite(sue me), but I like Rutherford and Banks, as well.

Bond said...

Was just thinking about this line-up this weekend...remembering interviewing them (all but Gabriel) while in college and then going bowling with Mike and Phil...

Perplexio said...

Technically Collins wasn't/isn't an original. Collins joined just in time to be the drummer on the band's 3rd album, Nursery Cryme. The original Genesis was:

Peter Gabriel - Flute, Percussion, Vocals
Tony Banks - Keyboard, Vocals
John Mayhew - Drums, Vocals
Anthony Phillips - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Rutherford - Bass, Vocals

My favorite member is guitarist Steve Hackett (who joined about the same time as Phil Collins and left in 1977, right before And Then There Were Three). I find the six studio albums he did with Genesis to be their best (they put out 2 great albums after Peter Gabriel left). His solo material is also quite enjoyable, even if it's not as well known as Peter Gabriel's solo work.

David Amulet said...

Hard for me to pick a favorite from the classical period. Like all good bands, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

That said, I've enjoyed Steve's solo work, and Peter's, more than the others' efforts and more than anything the band has done in the past thirty years (with the notable exception of most of the solid Duke album).

Steve Hackett remains, bewilderingly, the most underappreciated figure in all of classic rock.

musicobsessive said...

I'm with Perplexio on this one and vote for Steve Hackett. Genesis were only really any good when he was in the band. His understated yet highly inventive playing was what made them different. Since his departure, they've sounded very bland.
Check out his acoustic albums 'Momentum' and 'Bay of Kings' to hear some stunning classical guitar. The complete guitar player!

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