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 Tracks


Genesis From Genesis To Revelation (Album, Comp) Decca, Decca UK 1969 Sell This Version
Genesis Trespass (Album) Charisma Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
Genesis Nursery Cryme (Album) Charisma, Charisma Portugal 1971 Sell This Version
Genesis Foxtrot (Album) Charisma, Charisma US 1972 Sell This Version
Genesis Selling England By The Pound (Album) Charisma UK 1973 Sell This Version
Genesis Live (Album) Charisma Italy 1973 Sell This Version
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Album) Charisma France 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 970 Steve Hackett And His Genesis Friends* Steve Hackett And His Genesis Friends* - Voyage Of The Acolyte(LP, Album, Sin) Charisma 6369 970 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
Genesis A Trick Of The Tail (Album) Charisma Europe 1975 Sell This Version
Genesis Wind & Wuthering (Album) Charisma France 1976 Sell This Version
Genesis Seconds Out (Album) Charisma US 1977 Sell This Version
Genesis ...And Then There Were Three... (Album) Charisma Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
CN 3146/S Genesis In Concert-180(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3146/S UK 1978 Sell This Version
Series #11, Show #3 Genesis Innerview: Genesis "Phil Collins - Tony Banks"(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #11, Show #3 US 1978 Sell This Version
none Genesis The Source: Live At The Lyceum Ballroom, London 7 May 1980(2xLP, Transcription) NBC Young Adult Network none US 1980 Sell This Version
Genesis Duke (Album) Charisma US 1980 Sell This Version
Genesis Abacab (Album) Charisma Canada 1981 Sell This Version
243 Genesis BBC Rock Hour #243(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 243 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Genesis Supergroups In Concert: Genesis Live At The Nassau Coliseum 29 November 1981 D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. US 1982 Sell This Version
Genesis Three Sides Live (Album) Charisma Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
OTR 82-39 Genesis Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner (OTR # 82-39)(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One OTR 82-39 US 1982 Sell This Version
#304 Genesis BBC Rock Hour(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #304 US 1982 Sell This Version
Genesis Genesis (Album) Charisma, Virgin Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
CN 4248/S Genesis In Concert-313(LP, Quad, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4248/S UK 1983 Sell This Version

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July 18, 2017
A lot of rubbish written/spoken re.Genesis over the years-it became fashionable to slag them off.Well having seen and followed them through the 70s I can only say they were a fantastic band through Gabriel era and the years after.I think the real problem came when Steve Hackett left-the band still had a good tour left in 1978 as the material was still strong and the band was fine live.The problem was in keeping the studio band down to just the 3-they simply couldn't write enough good material-they still came up with a few decent tracks but there was a lot of dross.Also the lack of variation in the older material played in those later Tours was disappointing, considering how much material they could draw on.Why they didn't let Thompson and Stuermer, or whoever,help with writing new material I don't know, as they needed some extra help to freshen it up.BUT 1971-78 great stuff(and MK 1982!),and a lot of people have missed some mega sounds by listening to the bull... put downs during the unfashionable years!Ironic,as well,that Steve Hackett has been left to keep the material alive through these years now-they could have done a tour or two,even a gig or two, in the early 2000s and its a shame they didn't take the chance when it was there!


January 1, 2017
From someone who was there in the beginning, seeing them play the small halls, and then on to the super stadiums, I never gave a toss about people hating Genesis, all I know is that they have given me some of the best memories in my life music wise, Lyceum theatre so many years ago, seeing suppers ready for the first time, mighty hogweed, classics, the melodic tunes taking you on a musical trip, their fantastic light shows, Gabriel, Collins, they both have their support, I loved them both, sure it was nice in the early days following them before fame, but hey I don't begrudge them their success, I just give thanks to have witnessed their brilliance.


August 31, 2016
Collins maintains that the re-direction to a more commercial sound came from Tony Banks, who was keen to have 'hits'! I think that Collins' years as front-man for Genesis and then in his own solo career obscured what a superb drummer he is. had he remained behind the kit I'm sure he would be thought of more widley as a 'legendary' drummer.


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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