[[caption-width-right:350: The classic line-up of Genesis. From left to right: Mike Rutherford (top), Music/PhilCollins (bottom), Music/TonyBanks, Steve Hackett and Music/PeterGabriel.]]
->''There's too many men,\\
Too many people,\\
Making too many problems.\\
And not much love to go round.\\
Can't you see this is a land of confusion?''
-->"Land of Confusion"

''For the video game console, see SegaGenesis. For the [[WebGames Web Game]], see VideoGame/GeNeSis''

'''Genesis''' is a British band formed in 1967. It went on to become one of the most successful rock bands in history, spanning five decades and selling over one hundred million albums.

Genesis has several distinct eras. The first album has some slight Christian themes and has a more relaxed and poppy sound which might be jarring for fans who got interested in the band during their later years; the interim period and their second album have a more pastoral sound occasionally edging into hard rock, both provided by guitarist Anthony Phillips [[note]]When asked about it, Music/TonyBanks and Michael Rutherford once stated that Phillips' departure had a bigger impact on the band's sound than Music/PeterGabriel's[[/note]]. The second era starts with the introduction of guitarist Steve Hackett and drummer Music/PhilCollins into the band. The first album this new line up produced was ''Nursery Cryme'' as Genesis, much like other British bands at the time, dove head-first into ProgressiveRock. The albums made during this time are arguably the strongest, the band being at their peak of musical talent and creativity. Opinions differ on whether the definitive album of this era is ''Foxtrot'', ''Selling England by the Pound'' or the enormous ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''. In 1974 Peter Gabriel left Genesis over creative differences, and after two more albums, Steve Hackett also left, further reducing the quartet to a trio, with Phil Collins slowly taking the role of the FaceOfTheBand.

After fumbling to find a new direction, Genesis released ''...And Then There Were Three...'' in 1978, followed by ''Duke'' in 1980, which marked the start of a new era as the they broke into the mainstream with a slicker ArenaRock sound. The band gradually recreated itself as one of the most successful pop/rock bands of the era, performing to massive audiences, topping the charts several times and selling albums by the truckload. Most people were introduced to Genesis during this time, and they are most likely remembered for a string of sleek poppy radio hits released between 1983 and 1986 like "That's All", "Invisible Touch", "In Too Deep" and "Music/LandOfConfusion". Phil Collins also had a successful solo career during the time that Genesis was having hits, and his continued solo success eventually led to him leaving Genesis in good terms in 1996 as he wanted more free time to work on his own projects. Unfortunately, the next album following Collins' departure, ''Calling All Stations'', was not well-reviewed, and disappointing sales (prompting the band to cancel a planned US tour) but the band on hiatus as a result.

In 2006, Collins, Banks and Rutherford held a massive reunion tour called "Turn It On Again", where they were joined by longtime auxiliary members Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer. The tour had originally envisioned as a reunion of the classic lineup, but Gabriel couldn't commit to a timeframe to be available.

In 2009, Phil Collins revealed that spinal problems accumulated during the Genesis reunion tour, caused by sitting irregularly at the drum kit, led to him needing back surgery. He is unable to play the drums or piano properly as a result, and he had to tape his drumsticks to his hands to play them on his ''Going Back'' album. He retired from music in 2011 to spend more time at home with his family, although he has since made statements that his medical condition has recovered considerably, and has even spoken of a comeback. As of 2015, Collins has begun a series of reissues of his solo albums (much like Genesis did with their catalogue starting with a series of boxsets in 2007) but has hesitated to say if he will perform again.

It's impossible to describe Genesis in general terms since the band has always been constantly evolving, but they have a gentle, emotional sense to their music present regardless of era. Genesis has also pioneered several musical techniques during its existence and is often cited as inspiration by other musicians. There are also many Genesis tribute bands, such as The Slippermen, Dusk and The Musical Box, the latter of which faithfully reproduces early Genesis performances, and is the only Genesis tribute act endorsed by Genesis members.

They were also one of the early adopters of moving light fixtures, taking some of the very first units on the ''Abacab'' tour. They actually invested heavily in the company after being shown the first prototype and their manager Tony Smith even suggested the name "Vari-Lite".

!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* '''''Music/TonyBanks''''' - keyboard, organ, piano, vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, guitar, pianet, synth bass (1967-1998, 1999, 2000, 2006-Present)
* Mick Barnard - guitar (1970-1971)
* Music/PhilCollins - lead vocals, drums, percussion, vibraphone, drum machine, trumpet, tambourine (1970-1996, 1999, 2000, 2006-2011)
* '''Music/PeterGabriel''' - lead vocals, flute, accordion, bass drum, tambourine, oboe, accordion, percussion, sound effects (1967-1975, 1978, 1982, 1999)
* Steve Hackett - guitar, kalimba, autoharp (1971-1977, 1982, 1999)
* John Mayhew - drums, percussion, vocals (1969-1970, died 2009)
* '''Anthony Phillips''' - guitar, vocals, dulcimer (1967-1970)
* '''''Mike Rutherford''''' - bass, guitar, vocals, cello, bass pedals, sitar, drum machine (1967-1998, 1999, 2000, 2006-Present)
* John Silver - drums, percussion, vocals (1968-1969)
* '''Chris Stewart'''- drums, percussion (1967-1968)
* Ray Wilson - lead vocals (1996-1998)

!!Studio Discography:

* 1969 - ''From Genesis to Revelation''
* 1970 - ''Trespass''
* 1971 - ''Nursery Cryme''
* 1972 - ''Foxtrot''
* 1973 - ''Selling England by the Pound''
* 1974 - ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''
* 1976 - ''A Trick of the Tail''
* 1976 - ''Wind & Wuthering''
* 1977 - ''Spot the Pigeon''
* 1978 - ''...And Then There Were Three...''
* 1980 - ''Duke''
* 1981 - ''Abacab''
* 1982 - ''3X3''
* 1983 - ''Genesis''
* 1986 - ''Invisible Touch''
* 1991 - ''We Can't Dance''
* 1997 - ''...Calling All Stations...''

!!Live Discography:

* 1973 - ''Genesis Live''
* 1977 - ''Seconds Out''
* 1982 - ''Three Sides Live''
* 1992 - ''The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts''
* 1993 - ''The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs''
* 2007 - ''Live Over Europe 2007''

!!Genesis contains examples of:
* AceCustom: Since he spent most of the classic years playing both rhythm guitar and bass, Mike Rutherford used a number of specially constructed double-neck guitars, with a 12-string and a 4-string bass section. His most famous would be his [[http://www.shergold.co.uk/mikes.html Shergold Modulator]], which allowed him to attach either a six-string or two different 12-string sections (for different tunings) onto a lower bass section.
* AfterTheEnd: "Stagnation" and "Afterglow".
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdD6L4cKKU8 Dancing with the Moonlit Knight]]" contains the lyric, "Old man dies/The note he left was signed "Old Father Thames"/It seems he's drowned/Selling England by the Pound."
** "White Mountain" off of ''Trespass''.
** ''And the laaaaaaaamb lies dowwwwwwwnnn ... ON '''BROADWAY!!!'''''
* AllThereInTheManual:
** The story Gabriel wrote for the liner notes of ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''.
** Many of the songs on ''Trespass'' and ''Nursery Cryme'' also have liner notes that help put the meaning of the songs into more context - especially "Stagnation" on the former and "The Musical Box" on the latter.
** "Get 'Em Out by Friday" may also makes more sense after one reads the lyrics to the album, since it lists the characters who sing each line (there are several of them).
* AnimalMetaphor: "Pigeons" very cleverly uses the titular birds to represent immigrants to London, and its excrement as a metaphor for the things right-wingers blame them for. The song is sung from the perspective of a character who doesn't understand them and wants rid of them, and refers to a politician who hires a skinhead group (who drive a white van) to shoot them. The calypso inspired horns make it clear this is referring to the large amount of Caribbean immigrants to the UK in the 70s, who were unfairly criticised in a similar way to the way Polish and Arabic people are today. This song remains surprisingly relevant with the increase in right-wing sentiment towards immigrants post-9/11 (and especially post 7/7 in the UK).
* ApocalypseHow: "Domino" from ''Invisible Touch''; in part 2, a Class 1 or 2 is going on. How it happened is unclear, but it's somehow the fault of the narrator of part 1.
** WordOfGod (Tony Banks) explained in the 2007 reissue interviews that the song was written at the time of the Lebanon War and while it didn't have a specific target, it was directed generally speaking at politicians and other leaders taking decision without thinking of the consequences.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography:
** On ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'', the protagonist Rael had previously been incarcerated at "Twenty-Second Street". There is no mental hospital at that location, nor was there ever one there.
** There used to be (probably still is) available online, an essay about "The Battle of Epping Forest" that has so many inaccuracies and false assumptions as to be unintentionally hilarious. In particular, the author failed to realise that if a song by an English group, about an event just outside London in England, has the lyric "not since the Civil War", it's almost certainly referencing the ''English'' Civil War, not the American one.
* BadassLongcoat: Phil Collins appears to be channeling this trope in the very Film/BladeRunner-esque music video for the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MWe2_WYcEseo/x1zzdh_genesis-tonight-tonight-tonight_music "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"]], which were both filmed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_Building at the same location]]. Later, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks [[IncrediblyLamePun tried it on]] for the "Congo" music video.
** Phil Collins previously wore one during live performances of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=763E7w1cw7c Say It's Alright Joe]]" during performances in 1978 and 1980.
** He wore another one in the "Keep It Dark" video.
* BalladOfX: "Ballad of Big" from ''...And Then There Were Three...''.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Genesis survived without Peter Gabriel just fine. Not so much without [[FaceOfTheBand Phil Collins]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: PhilCollins.
* BigApplesauce: ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' takes place in NYC. Well, [[MundaneFantastic parts of the story]] do, anyway.
* {{Bishonen}}: Peter Gabriel, pre-Lamb, full stop.
* BlackComedy: "Harold the Barrel" again.
--> Such a horrible thing to do
--> Harold the Barrel cut off his toes and he served them all for tea
--> He can't go far. He can't go far.
--> (Hasn't got a leg to stand on!)
--> He can't go far.
* BlatantLies: For the ''Genesis Archive 196775'' boxset, the final song, "''it.''", from the live Lamb show is dropped and faded in to a re-engineered studio track. In the liner notes, this is stated as being due to the tape running out. A full version of the show, used for the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio program, with all the songs and both encores ("Watcher of the Skies" & "The Musical Box") included, is available on the concertvault.com website.
* BookEnds: ''Selling England by the Pound'' and ''Duke'' both open and close with the same melodies. This is because both of them are book-ended by parts of suites the band chose to split up part of the way through the albums' development. See "Epic Rocking" below (or "What Could Have Been" on the trivia page) for more information.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: On the live version of "The Knife", this part of the lyrics:
-->I'll give you the names of those you must kill\\
All must die with their children\\
Carry their heads to the palace of old\\
Hang 'em all high, let blood flow NOW!
:: Has been changed into this...
-->I'll give you the names of those you must kill\\
Hang 'em and burn 'em quickly\\
Cover them up in Trafalgar square\\
Hurry to see, you'll see them dead
* BreakTheCutie: The [[YourCheatingHeart disintegration of Phil Collins' first marriage]] was the inspiration for all of the sad love songs that made him so famous back in TheEighties.
** And as the above trope notes, one should "[[BewareTheNiceOnes be careful about tormenting sweet little things]]", especially when they have an international platform for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dEz2aBAx6I dishing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Vk6COp6kY out]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdPlSZs6swU retribution]].
* BrokenRecord: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R6qu62xekE Whodunnit]]" from the album ''Abacab''.
* BSide:
** Usually around 3 to 4 would appear on singles from most albums from 1982's ''Abacab'' and after. (Many of them would later appear on the ''Genesis Archives #2'' set.) ''Spot the Pigeon'' was a EP released in 1978 with the band's first two songs from the Collins/Banks/Rutherford era, combined with "Inside and Out" - the last track Steve Hackett would contribute to, which was a track left off of ''Wind & Wuthering''. The ''3x3'' EP included three of the songs left off of the UK pressing of ''Three Sides Live''.
** For all of ''Calling All Stations''' faults, some of the B-sides from that CD were well-received, as they also included covers of a few classic-era Genesis songs, which highlighted Ray Wilson's very Gabriel-esque vocals.
* BodyHorror: The Slippermen from ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''.
* BoringButPractical: Most of Mike Rutherford's guitar work qualifies. He's no Steve Hackett, but compliments Banks' keyboard leads quite well.
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** ''From Genesis to Revelation'' -- or at least it ''would'' be, if the band had the rights to it. See the OldShame entry on the YMMV page.
** The only acknowledgement in recent memory that ''...Calling All Stations...'' even exists is its being remastered and rereleased with the rest of Genesis' discography in 2007. Ever since ''Turn It On Again: The Tour'', even the band themselves pretend the album, and Ray Wilson being their lead singer, just never happened. The 2014 documentary ''Genesis: Together and Apart'' doesn't even mention Wilson or the album.
* CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock: In the video for "Land of Confusion", President Reagan has a panel at his bedside with two buttons: "Nurse" and "Nuke". He accidentally starts World War III trying to get a glass of water.
* CityOfGold: The Creature from the song "A Trick of the Tail" comes from one.
-->Bored of the life in the city of gold,
-->He left and let nobody know.
-->Gone were the spires he had known from a child,
-->Along with the dream of a life.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Peter Gabriel frequently came across as one.
* CompanionCube:
** "Turn It On Again" and "Anything She Does" is about a guy who falls in love with a pretty face on a tv set and a photo, respectively, then channels his love onto the object.
** A little bit of this in "The Musical Box" off of ''Nursery Cryme'' as well.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'', and to a lesser extent, ''Duke'', which is half a concept album. It was actually originally intended to be divided into an A-side consisting of a suite of related tracks ("Behind the Lines," "Duchess," "Guide Vocal," "Turn It On Again," "Duke's Travels," "Duke's End") and a B-side of unrelated tracks. The band, after listening to this track order, decided it would leave the album with an unnecessarily weak B-side, and also decided they didn't want the A-side suite to be compared to "SuppersReady", so they split it up. However, the suite of songs was often performed in its entirety live.
* ContinuityNod: At the very end of the otherwise instrumental song "Los Endos", one can very faintly hear Phil Collins sing, "There's an angel standing in the sun/Free to get back home". These are lyrics from "Music/SuppersReady", one of the epic songs of the Peter Gabriel era. "Los Endos" is the last song on the album ''A Trick of the Tail'', which is the first album to feature Collins on lead vocals instead of Gabriel. The band may have also intended it to be a reference to Gabriel himself, as in the ArchangelGabriel.
* CoverVersion:
** Music/{{Angra}} did a cover of "Mama".
** Music/{{Disturbed}} did a cover of "Land of Confusion".
* CrossDresser: Music/PeterGabriel at one point wore a long red dress and a fox's head on stage, [[http://www.multinet.no/~jonarne/Hjemmesia/Favorittartister/peter_gabriel/Genesis_PeterGabriel_Foxtrot_Paris_Januar1973.jpg like so]], as part of the band's performance of the album ''Foxtrot''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Wind & Wuthering'' and especially ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''. "Back in NYC" is probably the edgiest song Genesis ever wrote.
* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone, but Phil Collins (no, seriously!) especially.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Some of the early album art definitely qualifies.
* DoubleEntendre:
** Pretty much all of "Counting Out Time" from ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''. Also, some people think "Silver Rainbow" from the 1983 self-titled album ''Genesis'' fits this trope too.
** The title of "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" from ''Selling England by the Pound'' also qualifies. Notable in that both "I know what I like" and "in your wardrobe" both appear in the song, but never right after each other.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pxvSxv7O8M Snowbound]]" from ''...And Then There Were Three...''. "Snowbound" refers to being snowed in on a winter day, and to...what that song is really about. See: LyricalDissonance below.
* EarlyBirdCameo: ''Nursery Cryme'' features the first Genesis track sung entirely by Phil Collins, "For Absent Friends". And it was [[HilariousInHindsight the second track on the album]]. (Collins also sings "More Fool Me" from ''Selling England by the Pound'').
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness
** Any album recorded before 1980, for those who only knew the band through their radio.
** Even for fans of the "classic" prog era, the first two albums would qualify, being heavily piano and 12-string guitar driven. The piano songs would be mostly excised from later albums, as electric pianos of the time couldn't do them justice live, and the 12-string would be relegated to rhythm parts, with lead guitarist Steve Hackett mostly relying on his Les Paul.
** Phil Collins' drum sound for those early albums would qualify as well; cymbal-driven and heavily syncopated, with nary a noise gate or reverb pedal[[note]]The "Intruder"/"In the Air Tonight" drum sound (invented by Collins and Hugh Padgham on the first one, which was actually a song on Peter Gabriel's third album, and popularized on the latter) is referred to as "gated reverb", and refers to feeding a recording of the drums through these two filters[[/note]] in sight.
* TheEighties: And how!
** One week in 1986 saw singles by Genesis, Music/PeterGabriel, Music/PhilCollins, Mike + the Mechanics, and supergroup GTR (featuring former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett) dominate the Top 10. And "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel dethroned Genesis' "Invisible Touch" in the #1 singles position.
** Just to point out how over they were in the decade, "Domino" from ''Invisible Touch'' (an eleven-minute-long album piece with a lengthy instrumental section) made the Billboard charts despite never having been released as a single or radio promo.
* EightiesHair: Phil Collins' overly permed mullet should have been taken out and shot.
* EldritchAbomination:
** The Giant Hogweed in "Return of the Giant Hogweed" on the album ''Nursery Cryme''. Note that almost everything said about this plant is true in RealLife, except the malevolent setinence (We hope).
** Also the alien, parasitic entity that covers the world in darkness in "The Day the Light Went Out."
** Peter Gabriel's Slipperman costume was covered in growths and incorporated two balloons on the groin that Gabriel would inflate while onstage. He regrets the costume because the mask was so big and unwieldy, he couldn't get the microphone anywhere near his mouth so the audience couldn't hear what he was saying/singing.
* ElSpanishO: "Los Endos". The phrase doesn't mean a damn thing in Spanish or Portuguese, and allegedly the closest phrase that ''does'' mean something translates to "the entrails".
* EpicRocking: Experts in it.
** The biggest example is "Music/SuppersReady", which is nearly 23 minutes long and takes nearly a side of ''Foxtrot''.
** Also of note is the solo section in "The Cinema Show," which would find its way into medleys on the band's late 70's and early 80's live shows.
** A suite of songs on ''Selling England by the Pound'' was initially intended to rival "Supper's Ready" in this, but the band split it up to [[BookEnds bookend]] the album after deciding it was too similar. The songs are "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight", "The Cinema Show", and "Aisle of Plenty". Together they reach about twenty and a half minutes.
** Another suite of songs on ''Duke'', often called "The Story of Albert", would have gone even further than "Supper's Ready" in this (it's a little over twenty-eight minutes long), but the band again split it up (although they performed it in its entirety live). The songs here are "Behind the Lines", "Duchess", "Guide Vocal", "Turn It On Again", "Duke's Travels", and "Duke's End". There are recurring motifs throughout this suite that give ''Duke'' the feel of a ConceptAlbum.
** Notably, they continued providing examples of this trope even after allegedly becoming a pop/rock band. The self-titled album has a two-song suite that reaches eleven minutes, while one song on ''Invisible Touch'' and two on ''We Can't Dance'' break the ten-minute mark.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Banks, Rutherford, Gabriel, and Anthony Phillips are all alumni of British boarding school Charterhouse.
* EvilLaugh: "Mama". Phil Collins admitted to stealing it from Music/GrandmasterFlash.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:
** ''Three Sides Live'', but only in the US edition; the UK edition is entirely live[[note]] The studio tracks that made up the fourth US side had already been released as an EP and two single B-sides in Europe[[/note]]. In any case, the US CD is actually "1 Sides Live".
** Also, from "Music/SuppersReady", "Apocalypse in 9/8"; it's apocalyptic in sound, and (even to a non-musician) it's very noticeably in 9/8.
** The first album after Steve Hackett's departure left Genesis a trio was ''...And Then There Were Three...''
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: The first two songs on ''Duke'' do this, as do the first two songs on ''The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway''.
* {{Fanservice}}: The video for "Anything She Does" features Creator/BennyHill and his usual collection of scantily-clad girls.
* FormerChildStar: Phil Collins, averted. Though he was a child model/actor who played TheArtfulDodger in a West End production of ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'' and had teeny tiny blink-and-you'll-miss-him roles in ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' and ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'', his success as an adult far eclipsed his success as a child actor/model.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** The band's huge hit "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" is about a drug addict trying to score. It was then used in a beer commercial, which could be interpreted as sending the message that beer drinkers were drug addicts. Michelob beer were the corporate sponsors of Genesis' ''Invisible Touch'' tour, so the company naturally used one of the album's big hits.
** "Counting Out Time" from ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' is about Rael reading a book which scientifically describes the key "erogenous zones" needed to sexually arouse women, which he attempts to do on his date. It only succeeds in scaring off his girlfriend.
** PhilCollins [[WordOfGod has described]] "Mama" to be the tale of a younger man's obsession with an older prostitute. He ''has'' half-jokingly {{Jossed}} on his site's messageboard that "it's getting so hard" is ''not'' a {{Pun}}, though.
* GodGuise: The primitive people that the protagonist of ''Wind & Wuthering'''s "One for the Vine" encounters mistake him for "[[TheChosenOne God's Chosen One]] who's come to save us from all our oppressors/[[{{Pride}} We shall be kings on this world]]", [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone with predictable results]]. See also: TomatoInTheMirror.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Turn It On Again: The Hits'' and its even more comprehensive 2007 ''Tour Edition'', the 2004/2005 ''Platinum Collection'' box set, and 2014's ''R-Kive'', which also features songs from each of the individual members' solo projects and side bands. The live albums might also qualify. Averted with the other box sets, which are more like a bootlegger's paradise, with rare live shows, demos, and BBC sessions.
* GriefSong: WordOfGod says that "Since I Lost You" from ''We Can't Dance" is about the death of a child. Apparently it was written for Eric Clapton, whose four-year-old son Conor had died.
* GroundhogDayLoop / NoEnding: "One for the Vine".
* HappilyMarried: Mike Rutherford and his wife Angie have been married since 1976; Tony Banks and his wife Margaret have been married since 1972.[[note]] Meanwhile, among the "classic" lineup, Peter Gabriel has been married twice, and Steve Hackett and Phil Collins have been married three times each.[[/note]] They're also arguably [[MarriedToTheJob married to the band]], since they're the only members who are on every album.
* HatesSmallTalk: "Small Talk".
* HeavyMithril: Several songs from the Prog and Transition periods.
* HeroicBSOD: Phil Collins admitted to having one of these during the breakup of his first marriage.
* HeterosexualLifePartners / TrueCompanions: At this point, Banks, Collins, and Rutherford seem to be this for one another.
* HumansAreBastards / HumansAreTheRealMonsters: In "A Trick of the Tail", the protagonist ends up being locked in a cage by the humans, dubbed 'creatures', due to the fact that he has horns and a tail.
* ICantDance: Guess!
* IndecipherableLyrics: More often in the Gabriel era than the Collins era.
* IHaveNoSon: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSwpW_QKz_I No Son of Mine]]" from the album ''We Can't Dance''.
* IntercourseWithYou: Genesis themselves have "The Musical Box", "Anything She Does" and "Counting Out Time". And that seems to be the subtext, under all the {{Squick}}, in "The Lamia".
* InsultBackfire: In the video for "Jesus He Knows Me", Phil Collins wears a suit and wig and affects a voice similar to those of American televangelist Ernest Angley, making him a specific target for the song's skewering of televangelism in general. Collins revealed in his appearance on ''Series/{{Room 101}}'' that Angley was apparently flattered by his "portrayal".
* InTheStyleOf: In the 2007 interview on the DVD version of ''A Trick of the Tail'', PhilCollins says that "Squonk" is basically Genesis doing "[[Music/LedZeppelin Kashmir]]". "Vindaloo" by Fat Les is in the same kind of style as Genesis doing "Match of the Day". "Driving the Last Spike" from ''We Can't Dance'' has some people wondering "what is this Gabriel-era song doing on their last-but-one album?". "Misunderstanding" is a Music/TheBeachBoys type song with a riff almost directly taken from Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime" (and the lyrics are essentially a rewrite of Music/TheBeatles' "No Reply"), and "Hold On My Heart" is an attempt at imitating Burt Bacharach[[note]]or, as in an interview on the DVD of ''The Way We Walk'', Tony Banks' attempt at imitating Phil Collins[[/note]].
** The historical drama of "Driving the Last Spike" doesn't really echo any Gabriel-era sounds or themes, except for maybe its longer length compared to other songs on ''We Can't Dance'' and a couple of time changes, but the song certainly wouldn't look out of place if it had appeared on 1978's ''...And Then There Were Three...''.
** For the song "Afterglow," composed by Tony Banks more or less in the time it took to play it, he recalls playing the song back for the first time and realising in horror that he had just re-written "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." (The melodies aren't ''exact'', which he realised later, but they're still similar).
* {{Irony}}: Phil Collins virtually never played the drums and sang at the same time. When inquired about it, he would always cite the dangers of doing so (the microphone has to be placed above and away from the singer in order to not pick up the drums, and straining to reach it can be a very unnatural position) and in particular pointing out the damage that [[{{Music/Eagles}} Don Henley]] had done to his back over the years of doing both. As of 2015, Henley is still touring with the Eagles, drumming about half the band's three-hour-and-change set [[note]]To be fair, Henley often switches to guitar for songs where he sings lead, but not always, and generally lets a sideman handle the heavier songs[[/note]], while Collins' back injuries have more or less retired him.
* KnightTemplar: "The Knife."
* LargeHam: Peter Gabriel (complete with theatrical costumes) and Phil Collins.
* ComicStrip/LittleNemo: "Scenes from a Night's Dream" from ''...And Then There Were Three...'' tells the story of Little Nemo.
* LongRunners: Formed in 1967, touring in 2006 and 2007. Reunion of Gabriel-era line-up for BBC documentary in 2014.
* LoonyFan: "Turn It On Again" is written from the perspective of one.
* LooksLikeJesus: Mike Rutherford, particularly so in the music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9zj11gf9Qk Follow You, Follow Me.]] His puppet in the Music/LandOfConfusion music video was actually reused as Jesus in Series/SpittingImage.
* LoudnessWar: The 2008/2009 remasters.
* LyricalDissonance:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RXzgQRrK28 Snowbound]]" from ''...And Then There Were Three...''. A gorgeously orchestrated song about hiding a dismembered body in a snowman.
-->Here, in a ball that they made,\\
From the snow on the ground\\
See it rolling away, wild eyes to the sky.\\
They'll never, never know...
** "Tonight, Tonight Tonight" ; see GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
** The sprightly tempo of "Harold the Barrel" hides some very macabre humour underneath.
* MeetTheNewBoss: Implied in "The Knife."
* MindScrew: Much of the Gabriel-era material, particularly "Music/SuppersReady" and ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''.
* MindScrewdriver: The story that Gabriel wrote for the liner notes of ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''From Genesis to Revelation''
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: An average of 4. The band were known for starting songs quietly and getting into louder rock sections later on. Occasionally the band has a full on hard rock song like "The Knife", and both "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" and "In the Cage" start off sedately and end with proto-[[NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal NWOBHM]] galloping rhythms. Later on, "LandOfConfusion" is almost 80s metal but not quite. The album ''Calling All Stations'' shows some influences from alternative rock and grunge in its production, thanks to Ray Wilson's experience in the band Stiltskin, although the song structures are still quite poppy.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The protagonist of "Dreaming While You Sleep," who hit a girl/woman with his car and drove away.
* NewSoundAlbum:
** ''Duke'', where they almost entirely abandoned their prog roots and went pop. This is also the point where Tony Banks abandoned the Hammond organ and Mellotron for an entirely synthesizer-based sound, and Rutherford switched from mostly 12-string guitar work to a more conventional [[Music/PinkFloyd David Gilmourish]] tone. Except for the concept suite spread throughout the album (see "Concept Album" above), which still had pretty strong prog elements (especially the final two, mostly instrumental tracks). The prog sound was more fully abandoned on the next album, ''Abacab'', although the title track and "Dodo/Lurker" still had trace elements of the band's prog roots. Indeed, a few tracks on each "pop" album still display elements of progressive rock (''Genesis'': "Home by the Sea"/"Second Home by the Sea"; ''Invisible Touch'': "Domino"/"The Brazilian"; ''We Can't Dance'': "Driving the Last Spike"/"Dreaming While You Sleep"/"Living Forever"/"Fading Lights").
** ''Trespass'' may be the most straightforward example, since it was much closer to the progressive sound they were eventually famous for than the folksy light psychedelic pop of ''From Genesis to Revelation''.
* NightmareFace: Phil in the video for "Mama" when he does the EvilLaugh. Also repeated in live performances of the song as well.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Squonk", "A Trick of the Tail", "Undertow", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RXzgQRrK28 Snowbound]]".
* NonIndicativeName: Those unfamiliar with the songs in question are unlikely to guess that "One for the Vine" is about [[spoiler:warfare]] or that "Blood on the Rooftops" is about [[spoiler:TV watching]].
* ObsessionSong:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLVrB3FXbPA Misunderstanding]]" from ''Duke'' is arguably about a StalkerWithACrush. [[LyricalDissonance It's also an attempt by Collins to make a]] Music/TheBeachBoys-type song.
** "Mama," which is about a young man [[StalkerWithACrush obsessed]] with an older prostitute.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Steve Hackett doesn't seem to have aged a day since he left.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent:
** "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" and the title track of "A Trick of the Tail".
** The Slippermen, again.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Most of them. Notice how Mike Rutherford seems to tower over the other members like he's Wilt Chamberlain? He's ''6'3"''.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Part and parcel of the initial members' boarding/public school upbringing. It took until the recording of ''Foxtrot'' for Peter, Tony, and Mike to point out that things were working very well with Phil and Steve -- this was after they had toured together for a year and recorded an album together. Similarly, Tony and Mike never really sat down and talked to each other about whether or not to do a post-Phil Collins Genesis album; neither one really wanted to do it, but assumed the other one did. The half-hearted effort is probably the main reason Ray Wilson doesn't have many nice things to say about either one of them these days.
* ProgressiveRock: One of the big ones.
* PunBasedTitle:
** ''Selling England by the Pound''.
** And ''Nursery Cryme''.
** The live album ''Seconds Out'' is a boxing term referees give announcing that round one is to end and that round two will begin, possibly a reference to a new era beginning post-''Wind & Wuthering'' (most of the Gabriel-era standards recorded on this album would be dropped from the setlist for the next tour). It also refers to their ''second'' official live album being released (''Genesis Live'' was released in early 1973), and the ''second'' member from their classic five piece lineup (Steve Hackett) having left the band by the time of ''Seconds Out'''s release in 1977.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "[[Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway I'M RAAAAAEL!!!!]]"
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: ''Turn It On Again: The Tour'', the 2006-07 reunion of the 80-90's touring lineup.
** The tour had originally been planned as a reunion of the classic 70's lineup (the idea was to perform ''The Lamb'' in its entirety at at least some of the shows), which Peter Gabriel shot down as he was in the midst of recording his solo record ''Up''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** "[[MobWar The Battle of Epping Forest]]" from the album ''Selling England by the Pound''.
** Sadly, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSwpW_QKz_I No Son of Mine]]" evidently fits this trope as well.
** Songs on ''Duke'' and ''Abacab'' written by Phil reflect on his first marriage crumbling. They were written around the same time period as ''Face Value''.
** As does "Throwing It All Away" on ''Invisible Touch''[[note]]The lyrics for this one were actually written by HappilyMarried Mike Rutherford[[/note]]. The move towards more personal songs is something people have criticised the Phil Collins era for.
* RecurringRiff:
** ''Selling England by the Pound'' opens and closes with the same melody. This is because the two songs (along with the interlinking "The Cinema Show") were originally composed as a single suite, but the band split them up after deciding it was too similar to "Supper's Ready".
** ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'', being a RockOpera, gets in on the action. Most prominently, the TitleTrack gets a DarkReprise as "The Light Dies Down on Broadway", but there are other examples.
** ''A Trick of the Tail'' ends with "Los Endos", which reprises elements from "Dance on a Volcano" and "Squonk" (and "It's Yourself," which was cut from the album), as well as two lines from the band's earlier song, "Music/SuppersReady".
** From the ''Duke'' suite, "Duke's Travels" reprises "Guide Vocal" at the end, and "Duke's End" does the same for the opening riff of "Behind the Lines."
* ReligionRantSong: "Jesus He Knows Me" (a critique of televangelists) falls under Type 3.
* [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Rich Idiots With No Day Job]]: Though the founding members came from wealthy/upper class backgrounds and met at the prestigious public school they all attended, this is an averted trope.
* RiddleMeThis: In "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TB6e4IbPZQ Dodo/Lurker]]" from ''Abacab'' (In the linked video, the riddle is heard at about 5:13, and unlike the album version, it is not repeated.):
-->Clothes of brass and hair of brown\\
Seldom need to breathe, don't need no wings to fly\\
Ooo, and a heart of stone\\
And a fear of fire and water, who am I?
** Answer: [[spoiler: A nuclear submarine]]. "Hair of brown" = [[spoiler: seaweed]]. "Seldom need to breathe" = [[spoiler:unlike a diesel-engined sub, a nuclear one doesn't need oxygen as part of its power]]. "Don't need no wings to fly" = [[spoiler:submarine crews refer to its motion through the water as "flying"]]. "And a heart of stone" = [[spoiler:the fuel rods which power the reactor]]. "A fear of fire and water" because [[spoiler: leaks and fire are both feared on a submarine. Leaks for obvious reasons, and a fire needs oxygen to burn.]].
* RockOpera: "Supper's Ready," ''The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'', and the suite from ''Duke'' (see "Concept Album" above) are the band's most extended forays into this trope, but they never really stopped doing it - see "Driving the Last Spike" and "Dreaming While You Sleep" on ''We Can't Dance'' for latter-day examples of mini-rock operas.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: The song [[{{Pun}} "Dancing With the Moonlit Knight"]] and from that song, the line "And all their hands are playing apart", which is usually [[{{Mondegreen}} misheard]] as "playing a part".
* SelfDeprecatingHumor: A running joke among the band (at least in interviews and such) is that the main reason Daryl Stuermer was hired with the band as road guitarist was so that he could teach Mike Rutherford how the songs went and they could go on tour. Not too far off the mark, as Rutherford is blissfully musically illiterate, and the band has had to drop at least part of one song (the vocal part of "Cinema Show") because he couldn't remember the tuning he used for it.
* SexChangesEverything: [[BodyHorror The Slippermen]] are an extremely literal example of this trope.
* ShaggyDogStory: In their prog rock era, it would take a long time for everyone to retune for each piece. While the rest of the band tuned up, Gabriel would recite poetry or tell a long story, which never had anything to do with the next song in the set.
* ShirtlessScene:
** Peter Gabriel during the ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' tour.
** After taking on lead vocal duties after Gabriel's departure, Phil Collins did this a few times too.
* ShoutOut:
** "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" begins in a folk style, probably as a tribute to Genesis' then label-mates Lindisfarne.
** The song "Blood on the Rooftops" has the line "The grime on the Tyne is mine all mine all mine", referencing Lindisfarne's famous "Fog on the Tyne".
** The video for "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" is one long ShoutOut to ''Film/BladeRunner''.
** Phil is singing "There's an angel standing in the sun, free to get back home" in the end of "Los Endos", a shout out/tribute to Gabriel, paraphrasing "Music/SuppersReady".
** The band rehearsed "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" for the 198182 ''Abacab'' tour. Phil took the line, "'Paper late,' cried a voice in the crowd" and used it to title the much shorter and funkier 1982 ''Three Sides Live'' studio track "Paperlate".
* ShownTheirWork: Most of the facts about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Hogweed Giant Hogweed]] are accurate. Well, apart from its invulnerability, sentience and desire for revenge...
** [[PunctuatedForEmphasis GIANT HOGWEED LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!]]
* SiameseTwinSongs: Several examples: "The Cinema Show" -> "Aisle of Plenty", a bunch of songs on ''The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'', "Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers..." -> "...In That Quiet Earth" -> "Afterglow", "Duchess" -> "Guide Vocal", "Duke's Travels" -> "Duke's End", "Home by the Sea" -> "Second Home by the Sea", etc. "Dodo/Lurker" could be considered another example, although it's indexed as one track.
* SixthRanger: When Music/PhilCollins stepped up to be the band's lead singer for 1976's ''A Trick of the Tail'', Genesis hired Music/BillBruford as the band's second drummer on the album's promotional tour to allow Phil to step away from his kit. Bruford was replaced by former Music/FrankZappa/Music/WeatherReport drummer Chester Thompson in 1977, who stayed as the band's live co-drummer till 1996, then returned for the trio lineup's reunion tour of 2007. Guitarist/bassist Daryl Stuermer joined in 1978 for their live shows when Steve Hackett quit.
** The Ray Wilson era saw Anthony Drennan replace Steurmer and Nir Zidyahu replace Thompson for the short ''Calling All Stations'' tour.
* SmokingIsCool:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_OzuXh_n3E Oh]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd83iu-tAR0 Phil]], WhatWereYouThinking?
** Rutherford throws a cigarette up in the air, catching it with his mouth in the video for "Illegal Alien".
* SoloSideProject: Music/PhilCollins started his highly successful solo career in 1981. Around the same time, Genesis grew more popular, too, with Collins still as their drummer and lead singer. That way, it was pretty much impossible to avoid his music in The Eighties. It wasn't until the late Nineties that Collins left Genesis. Also, guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford recorded two solo albums before forming his own SoloSideProject, Mike + the Mechanics. Not to mention Genesis' former and gone-for-good lead singer Peter Gabriel. Steve Hackett's first solo album, "Voyage of the Acolyte", was recorded before he formally left Genesis.
* StableTimeLoop: The plot of "One for the Vine", from ''Wind & Wuthering''.
* StalkerWithACrush: One possible interpretation of "Misunderstanding".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: One of the most famous examples, with drummer Phil Collins taking over as lead vocalist after Peter Gabriel's departure.
** Even during the Gabriel era, Collins sang lead on "For Absent Friends" (from ''Nursery Cryme'') and "More Fool Me" (from ''Selling England by the Pound'').
** Tony Banks and Ant Phillips provide a few lines of lead vocals on "Shepherd" and "Let Us Now Make Love", respectively, on the first ''Genesis Archive'' box set.
** Bizarre example from Hackett's solo career: his first two albums largely relied on guest stars, but for the ''Spectral Mornings'' and ''Defector'' albums, Hackett had a stable band including Pete Hicks on lead vocals. However, Hackett himself sings lead on "Ballad of the Decomposing Man". Starting with his next album, ''Cured'', Hackett would start singing most of his songs himself.
** Another Hackett example: Nad Sylvan was the nominal lead vocalist on the "Genesis Revisited" tour, along with some special guests, but drummer Gary O'Toole sang "Fly on a Windshield"/"Broadway Melody of 1974" and "Blood on the Rooftops".
* TakeThat:
** The Peter Gabriel solo song "Solsbury Hill" is about his departure from Genesis. WordOfGod confirms this.
** Many fans also feel that way about Ray Wilson following Phil Collins as lead singer.
** "Music/LandOfConfusion" isn't particularly subtle given that the video contains unflattering caricatures of UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan by the creators of ''Series/SpittingImage''. The lyrics themselves are more subtle but still, if you read between the lines, make it pretty clear that the band aren't too pleased with Reagan or UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.
** Many of the ''We Can't Dance'' songs are attacks of one form or another: "I Can't Dance" ridicules stylistic, male model-heavy {{Dada Ad}}s selling blue jeans (Phil felt the backing track sounded like an artsy/trendy Levi's ad, and the illustration shows a man wearing blue jeans, taken from his backside); "Living Forever" mocks self-help trends, new age philosophies and fad diets; "Tell Me Why" criticizes wealthy governments for doing too little to help poverty and hunger; "Jesus He Knows Me" skewers the hypocrisy of wealthy, money-grubbing televangelists (especially Ernest Angley - who, Phil was disturbed to learn, was flattered by the song); etc.
** Half of the video interviews on the 2007 box set consist of band members (particularly Peter and Tony) "good-naturedly" taking potshots at each other's playing and songwriting style. Gabriel in particular still seems raw about the rifts that opened up between him and the band when recording ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway''.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: "The Knife."
--> I'll give you the names of those you must kill
--> All must die with their children
--> Carry their heads to the palace of old
--> Hang them high, let the blood flow
* TomatoInTheMirror: We discover at the very end of ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' that [[spoiler: Rael and his brother John whom he's spent the entire album chasing]] are actually the same person.
--> Hang on, [[spoiler: John]]! We're out of this at last
--> Something's changed, it's not your face
--> It's ''[[TomatoInTheMirror mine]]''!
** See also: TwistEnding and ItWasHisSled.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Or in this case, Rael and three Lamia.
* UncommonTime: "Turn It On Again" is in 13/8 time. Beyond that, bizarre meters were used liberally during their prog rock days.
** Again, the solo in "Cinema Show" which is in 7/8, as is (almost) all of "Dance on a Volcano."
** "[[Music/SuppersReady Apocalypse in 9/8]]" is in, well, [[CaptainObvious guess]], as are "Riding the Scree" and the first half of the instrumental "...In That Quiet Earth". The instrumental midsection of "Robbery, Assault and Battery" is in 13/8 (subdivided into a bar of 7/8 followed by a bar of 6/8).
** The Tony Banks piano intro to "Firth of Fifth" switches between 2/4, 13/16 and 15/16.
* UnreliableNarrator: "Rael" is practically made of this trope.
* UpToEleven: "Whodunnit", again. Phil Collins dials his Cockney accent up to eleven for that song.
* VaudevilleHook: Almost. At the end of both the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb9UND65mto I Can't Dance]]" and the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugZq9hiuCJo Jesus He Knows Me]]" music videos, Mike and Tony come in from offscreen to drag [[LargeHam Phil]] away.
* VocalTagTeam: When both Peter and Phil were in the band.
* AWorldHalfFull: "Land of Confusion".
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Lamb of ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' is mentioned only once, and then...
* WordSaladLyrics: "Willow Farm", which is part of "Music/SuppersReady".
* TheXOfY: "Land of Confusion", "Ballad of Big", "The Fountain of Salmacis", "The Colony of Slippermen", "Eleventh Earl of Mar".
* XtremeKoolLetterz: ''Nursery Cryme'', ''R-Kive'', "A Visit To The Doktor".