The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is a Concept Album released by Genesis in 1974. It is their last album with Peter Gabriel.The story follows a young half-Puerto Rican street kid from New York City named Rael as he embarks on a fantastical journey to find his brother John. Or something like that.... Seriously, there's an entire book that contains various interpretations of the story.
Rael's "guide to erogenous zones" in Counting Out Time, in-universe.
Artistic License - Geography: Rael comes "out of the subway" at Broadway which is evidently "just like Twenty-Second Street". The New York subway system does not work that way. Averted when performed live, as Phil Collins sometimes sings "just like Forty-Second Street" instead.
Darker and Edgier: The musical, lyrical and conceptual tone of the work was deliberately meant to be this trope, as compared to the very pastoral, English, whimsical (if often very ironic) sounds and styles they were known for prior to the work. They always had dabbled in dark (or dark-humored) themes and harder-rocking sounds, but The Lamb was a full change of pace from, say, "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)".
Dark Reprise: "The Light Dies Down on Broadway" is sort of a twisted reprise of the theme from the first song, mixed with part of The Lamia's melody.
At least he got trucks and gas stations right. Any reference to "lorries" or "filling stations" would have raised a red flag.
Gainax Ending: "It" doesn't seem to be about anything clearly related to the story, but the end of the story in the liner notes is pure crazy. Rael saves his brother John's life only to discover that he and John are actually the same person, they have an out-of-both-bodies experience, they are "outlined in yellow," and they and the scenery melt into purple haze. Figure that one out.
Rearrange the Song: "The Carpet Crawlers" was rerecorded for Turn It On Again: The Hits as "The Carpet Crawlers 1999" in... well... 1999. Notable for being the last time to date all five members who worked on this album — Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford, Banks, and Collins — have performed together. Due to Collins' retirement from music, it is likely to remain that way.
Shirtless Scene: Peter Gabriel during the The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway tour.
Shout-Out: Plenty of the songs' lyrics shout out or paraphrase popular standards or rock oldies of the '50's and '60's ("On Broadway", "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", "Needles And Pins", etc.). "The Colony Of Slippermen" 's first line is also, "I wandered lonely as a cloud".