Nightmare Fuel: Genesis
- From The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the Lamia, the Slippermen (again!), and Doktor Dyper.
- "And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway..."
- Don't forget the epic dissonance of "The Waiting Room"!
- "Snowbound" certainly qualifies for this trope. A method of "waste management" that would have done Tony Soprano proud.
- "The Day The Light Went Out", the B-Side to "Many, Too Many", also available in Genesis: 1976-1982. See also: The End of the World as We Know It.
When they went to bed that night no one would have believedThat in the morning, light would not be thereThe dark hung heavy on the air like the grip of a jealous manNo place was there known to have been sparedThen panic took control of minds and fear hit everyoneThe day the light went out of the daytime sky.
- "Mama". Mechanical drum machine? Check. Ominous music? Check. Big drumming finale, like in "In The Air Tonight"? Check. Phil almost doing a Metal Scream? Check. Phil's Evil Laugh? Check. Stalker with a Crush Clingy Jealous Guy lyrics that would make Sting proud? Check. Is there a HONF bingo?
- There's also the thief trapped forever in a disembodied state in "Home by the Sea", the global disaster and "beautiful river of blood" from "Domino" - for a band so many people think of as pretty light and fluffy, the Collins-era Genesis had a shitload of really chilling lyrics.
- The twisting, loud, deathly melodies at the end of Entangled, played on mellotron and a warbly synthesizer, particularly as the song's lyrics concern a patient's discussions of mental illness with a psychiatrist, definitely count on their own.
- "The Knife", about a soon-to-be dictator rallying his followers.
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
Now, in this ugly world
Break all the chains around us
Now, the crusade has begun
Give us a land fit for heroes, NOW!
Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the freedom that I shall proviiiiiiide!
- The remastered edition for the 2007 Tour Edition of Turn It On Again: The Hits manages to be even worse, with Gabriel's voice now distorted in a way that sounds as though he's talking through a megaphone as he says the following:
- The ending: "We have woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnn!!!"
- Steve Hackett has an instrumental track on his debut solo album, Voyage Of The Acolyte, sandwiched in between two gentle pieces, called "A Tower Struck Down". It is an aggressive, increasingly chaotic and dissonant piece with persistant, distorted electric guitars and analog synths, a sound effects Jump Scare in the middle, and the sound of a Hitler rally of "Sieg Heil"s at the end. Sweet dreams, kiddies.
- Visually, many of Peter Gabriels costumes count, such as the Watcher Of The Skies◊, the Slipperman◊ from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and the Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man◊ from Supper's Ready can send nightmares.
- The subject of wrongful imprisonment in "Inside And Out" is a real Adult Fear. It is strongly implied that the man's actions were consensual, but that the parents of the girl he made out with have it in for him. The song states that the event took place in August '53, and that he has been out (as of 1977) for 20 years, meaning that he spent four years in prison and then was let out, likely due to insufficient evidence. Several summers pass where he tries to explain his story differently (most likely modifying his story to get a lesser sentence) and he eventually gets out, but the judge tells him that he's 'paid for his lies'. Then, 'with that behind you, you can't plan ahead' - he's been found (technically) innocent, but nobody will hire him. It's still however implied that they can imprison him again, regardless of his claims of innocence, if more 'evidence' turns up, and this time they definitely won't let him go. The effect symbolises the way the man is still paying for the crime he did not commit. It also highlights how sadistic some authority figures can be.