It’s the rare band that stays together for 30
years. Rarer still is the band that remains as popular
decades later as they were in the beginning, getting
airplay, regardless of the fact that they haven’t
performed together or released an album since 1999.
Still, Genesis is a rare band – and their roots
date back almost 40 years.
Founded by Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks – who
were only 15-years-old at the time – in 1965 in
Surrey, England, the band eventually merged with another
band, Anon, and two of their members Michael Rutherford
and Anthony Phillips. The four were joined by Chris
Stewart and called themselves “The New Anon.”
Together, The New Anon laid down demo tracks, the songs
written by Phillips and Rutherford. The then-teenagers
all attended Charterhouse School, which later proved
to be valuable, for it was another Charterhouse alum,
producer Jonathan King, who helped get the band into
a recording studio. It was also King who changed the
band’s name to Genesis.
In 1968, Genesis released their first single, “Silent
Sun,” but it remained inconspicuous on the charts
and with the public. A year later, Genesis was signed
with the new record label Charisma, and they immediately
began recording their second album, “Trespass.”
The 1970 departure of Phillips led to the entrance
of drummer Phil Collins and guitarist Steve Hackett.
It was the 1972 album, “Foxtrot,” that put
Genesis on the map both lyrically and with the fans.
Genesis concert tickets sold like hotcakes, and fans
loved their live performances so much that “Genesis
Live” was released in 1973.
Genesis suffered a major blow when, in 1975, Gabriel
left the band. Instead of bringing in a new lead singer,
the remaining members decided to give the spot to Collins.
The band next recorded “Trick of the Tail”
which shot to the third slot on the British charts.
Genesis continued recording and playing to sold out
audiences through the 1980s. In 1991, Collins announced
his intention to leave Genesis to pursue a solo career,
effectively making “We Can’t Dance”
the last album featuring the popular frontman. Collins
was replaced by Ray Wilson, and in 1997, Genesis released,
“Calling All Stations.” Unfortunately, neither
the critics nor the fans were impressed, so much so
that the ensuing tour was a disaster.
The band officially parted ways in 1999, but their
music is still played on radio stations across the country.
In the end, Genesis had released dozens of albums,
including: “From Genesis to Revelation”
(1968), “Selling England By The Pound” (1973),
“Seconds Out” (1977), “Genesis”
(1983), “Invisible Touch” (1986), and “Turn
It On Again” (1999).