Showing posts with label Genesis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genesis. Show all posts

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Throwing it all away - Genesis

'Throwing it all away' was released as the last single from the Genesis album 'Invisible touch' in the summer of 1987. It reached number 22 in the UK singles chart and number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The sleeve uses an adaptation of the Tidyman logo from the Keep Britain Tidy Group.

My collection: 7" single no. 4702
Found: Velvet Vinyl Outlet, March 13, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Throwing it all away' / 'I'd rather be you'

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Hold on my heart - Genesis

'Hold on my heart' is one of the few ballads released as a single by Genesis. Taken from their 1991 album 'We can't dance', it was released as the third single in April 1992.

The single reached number 16 in the UK singles chart and number 12 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the Dutch Top 40, 'Hold on my heart' reached number 11.

My collection: 7" single no. 2278
Found: May 6, 1995
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Hold on my heart' / 'Way of the world'

Sunday, 7 March 2010

No son of mine - Genesis

'No son of mine' was released as the first single from Genesis' 1991 album 'We can't dance'. The lyric tells the story of a boy who runs away from his abusive home, and - after some reconsideration - attempts to return, only to be rebuked by his father. In interviews, Phil Collins has said that the lyrics are deliberately vague as to whether the narrator or his mother is the victim of the abuse.

The track is notable for a distinctive sound heard during the intro and before the second verse. Referred to by the band as 'elephantus', the sound was created by Tony Banks recording Mike Rutherford's guitar with a sampler and then playing three notes on the bottom register of the keyboard, greatly lowering the pitch. The single relaunched Genesis' career after four years absence from the charts, peaking at number 6 in the UK singles chart and number 8 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 1547
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, November 2, 1991
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'No son of mine' / 'Living forever'

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

In too deep - Genesis

'In too deep' was recorded for Genesis' 1986 album 'Invisible touch'. It was released as the second single from the album in the UK and the fifth single in the USA. It was to be the band's final single in the USA until 'No son of mine' (1991).

The single peaked at number 19 in the UK singles chart and number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 3241
Found: London, October 19, 2000
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'In too deep' / 'I'd rather be you'

Thursday, 25 February 2010

That's all - Genesis

The nicest feature of this single is the sleeve: the label which carries a photograph of flowers is visible through a larger hole at the front, whereas the back cover is entirely brown and doesn't have a hole in it.

'That's all' is a group composition by Genesis with lyrics written by Phil Collins. Released as the second single from their self-titled 1983 album, it reached number 16 in the UK singles chart and number 6 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 1101
Found: All that music, Leiden, November 11, 1989
Cost: 4 guilders
Tracks: 'That's all' / 'Taking it all too hard'

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Mama - Genesis

'Mama' was written and recorded by Genesis on their 1983 album 'Genesis'. Phil Collins commented at the time: 'Our manager, when he first heard it, thought it was about abortion, the kind of feeling of the foetus saying to the mother 'Please give me a chance, can't you feel my heart, don't take away my last chance'. All those lyrics are in the song but in fact what it is, is just about a young teenager that's got a mother fixation with a prostitute that he's just happened to have met in passing and he has such a strong feeling for her and doesn't understand why she isn't interested in him.'

Most people remember the song for Phil Collins' sinister laugh halfway through. Producer Hugh Padgham revealed that the inspiration for the laugh came from rap music pioneer Grandmaster Flash's song 'The Message'. The single reached number 4 in the UK singles chart and number 7 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 213
Found: Wouters, Den Haag, 1983
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Mama' / 'It's gonna get better'

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Abacab - Genesis

If you're wondering what 'Abacab' means: you're not alone. In an interview, Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford explained in an interview that the band labeled various sections of the song with letters of the alphabet, and at one point the sections were ordered A-B-A-C-A-B. Rutherford commented that the completed song no longer followed this format, but the name was kept nevertheless.

The song was the title track of the 1981 album by Genesis. It was released as a single in August 1981. It peaked at number 26 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 9 in the UK singles chart and number 26 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 978
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, August 29, 1989
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Abacab' / 'Another record'

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Follow you follow me - Genesis

I didn't hear 'Follow you follow me' until the second half of the Eighties, and I couldn't believe this was a song from 1978. The track was taken from Genesis's ninth studio album 'And then there were three...', a title to reflect the departure of band member Steve Hackett, reducing the band to a trio. This lineup would last until 1996, and give them their biggest mainstream successes.

The slow, sentimental ballad was composed by the band with lyrics by Mike Rutherford. The band had concluded that their music was attracting mainly male audiences, and this song was a deliberate attempt to attract female audiences as well. The strategy worked: they had their first top 10 hit in the UK (peaking at number 7) and their first top 40 hit in America (peaking at number 23). It was also their first single hit in the Netherlands, where it peaked at number 17 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 816
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, May 13, 1989
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Follow you follow me' / 'Ballad of big'

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Land of confusion - Genesis

'Land of confusion' was composed by Genesis, while the lyric was written by band member Mike Rutherford. It discusses the greed and uncertainty of the Cold War-era Eighties, but also evoke a sense of hope for the future. The song is remembered by most people for its music video, in which puppets from the Eighties show Spitting Image were used to portray the band and several contemporary politicians.

The single reached number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 14 in the UK singles chart and number 8 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 4424
Found: Any Record, Den Haag, January 13, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Land of confusion' / 'Feeding the fire'

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Tonight, tonight, tonight - Genesis

'Tonight, tonight, tonight' is a track on the 1986 album 'Invisible touch' by Genesis. It is the second longest song on the album at 8 minutes and 53 seconds. When it was released as the fourth single from the album, the track was edited down to 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

The single reached number 18 in the UK singles chart, number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 23 in Germany. In the Netherlands, this single did not chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 3193
Found: September 16, 2000
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Tonight, tonight, tonight' / 'In the glow of the night'

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Illegal alien - Genesis

The lyric of 'Illegal alien' are a humorous depiction of the frustrations an illegal immigrant faces, leading up to the chorus: 'It's no fun/Being an illegal alien'. Even though the lyrics are intended as a satire and to be taken in jest, it can easily be misinterpreted as making light of the problem of illegal immigrants.

The single did not chart in many countries, but did reach number 46 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4371
Found: Concerto, Amsterdam, December 30, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Illegal alien' / 'Turn it on again (new live version)'

Friday, 23 October 2009

Don't give up - Peter Gabriel

The Italian promo single is a strange phenomenon. There are several in my collection, and without exception they are white label promos, released in a custom white sleeve, with two A-side tracks from different artists on them. In this case: 'Don't give up' by Peter Gabriel and 'In too deep' by Genesis.

I'm not up on Italian chart placings, but it's safe to assume that both singles were a hit in Italy. What's interesting about this single is that in a way it reunites the old line-up of Genesis. But that's a rather pointless observation. It's a nice collector's item for fans of Genesis, Peter Gabriel... and Kate Bush of course.

My collection: 7" single no. 1718
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, September 19, 1992
Cost: 10 guilders
Tracks: 'Don't give up' (Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush) / 'In too deep' (Genesis)

Monday, 10 August 2009

Invisible touch - Genesis

'Invisible touch' was the title track of Genesis' 1986 album and released as its first single. The song came about during a jam for the second parts of another album tracks 'Domino/The last domino', Mike Rutherford apparently playing a riff while Phil Collins improvised the line 'She seems to have an invisible touch'. It was recorded at the band's studio Fisher Lane Farm during 1985 and 1986.

This limited edition version of the single came in a foldout sleeve with a clear vinyl record. While not a hit in the Netherlands, the single reached number 15 in the UK singles chart and number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 3968
Found: Record Exchange, London, August 5, 2009
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'Invisible touch' / 'The last domino'

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Turn it on again - Genesis

As Genesis had been recording and touring constantly in 1977 and 1978, it was decided by the members Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford to take the majority of 1979 off. Banks and Rutherford started working on solo material, while Collins made an attempt to save his marriage by following his wife to Canada. This didn't work, and so Collins returned to the UK and started working on solo material of his own, as well as new songs for Genesis.

'Turn it on again' appeared on their comeback album 'Duke' (1980) and subsequently became a live favourite. It peaked at number 8 in the UK, whereas it only made number 38 in the Netherlands.

My collection: 7" single no. 52
Found: Rapsody, Den Haag, 1980
Cost: 3,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Turn it on again' / 'Behind the lines part 2'

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