Formed in 1967, Genesis are among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time.

Their early work is characterized by complex song structures, elaborate instrumentation and the theatrical antics of founder member and vocalist Peter Gabriel, who left the band in 1975. Unable to find a suitable replacement, it was drummer Phil Collins who assumed vocal duties. This change, as well as the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett, two years later, saw the remaining three members (Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford) move into more accessible pop-based music. This change in style resulted in a huge growth in Genesis' popularity throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

In 1996 Collins left to concentrate on his solo work and other projects, leaving erstwhile bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks to forge ahead with new recruit; Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson. This line-up lasted for one album only (1997's "Calling All Stations") and Genesis soon found itself on hiatus after the poor performance and critical reaction of the new album.

In 2006 - after years of speculation - Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford reformed Genesis for the successful "Turn It On Again" tour. A reunion involving ex-members Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett remains much talked-about and unrealised.

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2010 (performer)

Peter Gabriel (1967-1975)
Mike Rutherford
Tony Banks
Anthony Phillips (1967-1970)
Chris Stewart (7) (1967-1968)
John Silver (2) (1968-1969)
John Mayhew (1969-1970)
Steve Hackett (1971-1977)
Phil Collins (1970-1995, 2006-present)
Ray Wilson (1996-1998)

Live Members:
Bill Bruford (1976)
Chester Thompson (1977-1995, 2006-present)
Daryl Stuermer (1978-1995, 2006-present)
Nir Z (1996-1998)

Genesis Discography


XPS 643 Genesis From Genesis To Revelation (Album, Comp) Decca, Decca XPS 643 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
6369905 Genesis Trespass (Album) Charisma 6369905 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
6369 916 Genesis Nursery Cryme (Album) Charisma, Charisma 6369 916 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
CAS 1058 Genesis Foxtrot (Album) Charisma, Charisma CAS 1058 US 1972 Sell This Version
CAS 1074 Genesis Selling England By The Pound (Album) Charisma CAS 1074 UK 1973 Sell This Version
7164 017 Genesis Live (Album) Charisma 7164 017 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
6641226, 6641 226 Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Album) Charisma 6641226, 6641 226 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2302/SQ Genesis Stereo Pop Special-98(LP, Quad, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2302/SQ UK 1975 Sell This Version
6369 974 Genesis A Trick Of The Tail (Album) Charisma 6369 974 Scandinavia 1975 Sell This Version
SD 38-100 Genesis Wind & Wuthering (Album) Charisma SD 38-100 US 1976 Sell This Version
SD 2-9002 Genesis Seconds Out (Album) Charisma SD 2-9002 US 1977 Sell This Version
34 497 Genesis ...And Then There Were Three... (Album) Charisma 34 497 Austria 1978 Sell This Version
CN 3146/S Genesis In Concert-180(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3146/S UK 1978 Sell This Version
cs 16014 Genesis Duke (Album) Charisma cs 16014 US 1980 Sell This Version
6302 162 Genesis Abacab (Album) Charisma 6302 162 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
GE 2002 Genesis Three Sides Live (Album) Charisma GE 2002 UK 1982 Sell This Version
none Genesis Genesis(8xLP, Ltd, Box) ATCO Records none Canada 1982 Sell This Version
1982-04-10 Genesis Supergroups In Concert(3xLP, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting 1982-04-10 US 1982 Sell This Version
814 287-1, GENLP1 Genesis Genesis (Album) Charisma, Virgin 814 287-1, GENLP1 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
none Genesis Three Into One(3xLP, Transcription + Box) London Wavelength none US 1983 Sell This Version
KB-525 Genesis The King Biscuit Flower Hour Part II(2xLP, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour KB-525 US 1984 Sell This Version
101 Genesis Invisible Touch (Album, Maxi) Virgin 101 South Korea 1986 Sell This Version
656 Genesis The Genesis Event(2xLP, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour 656 US 1986 Sell This Version
PR 965 Genesis Tonight, Tonight, Tonight Exclusive Candid Interview(LP, Promo) Atlantic PR 965 US 1986 Sell This Version
658 Genesis The Genesis Event Part III(2xLP, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour 658 US 1986 Sell This Version

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January 10, 2016
It was never considered "cool" to be a Genesis fan largely because of their middle class background and as a spotty teenager it wasn't the fashionable thing to be seen buying Genesis records. It was in fact a reaction to bands like Genesis which prompted the punk movement in the 1970s with bands such as the clash and the sex pistols which stood for everything Genesis didn't..they were now considered the enemy! Certainly Genesis have a legacy which is equal to other rock bands such as led zeppelin, deep purple, motorhead, pink floyd, marillion etc and I would argue are the only prog rock band to actually keep "progressing" throughout their years. The early Peter Gabriel years are alot different to the Phil Collins years which in my opinion made Genesis sound a bit like the later stuff by bands like The Stranglers, its very singalong in nature and was to prove a hallmark of Collins solo material. Whereas the early material was quite melancholic, long and somber and more akin to bands like pink floyd. Collins certainly took genesis down another route which in my opinion was a good move, all my fav Genesis tracks - follow you, follow me, land of confusion, invisible touch, hold on my heart were all released under the Phil Collins years, also Collins proved he could do the long sad songs to. One thing Genesis have done which cannot be said of alot of bands is all the members were able to pursue separate careers (for example Rutherford with Mike and the mechanics) and yet still form together to produce material as Genesis. It remains to be seen whether Genesis will one day become "fashionable" but as todays bands lack inspiration and originality they may turn to bands like Genesis for guidance,.. in fact a popular dance trance record pete lazonby - sacred cycles actually samples "The Fountain of Salmacis" so perhaps Genesis' influence has already started ;) and it can now be considered "ok" amongst the young to start liking Genesis!!

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