Trivia: Genesis

  • Fake American: Rael, the protagonist in The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. A half-Puerto Rican street kid from New York City would be unlikely to refer to money as "notes and coins". But in the song "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging", he does anyway. Also in the song "Back in NYC", Rael says "your progressive hypocrites". An American (of the time, anyway) would probably have called them "liberal hypocrites".
    • The evangelist character in the video for "Jesus He Knows Me" has a Deep South accent, at least until his accent slips.
  • Fake Nationality: The group dresses up in fake mustaches and Mexican garb for the video for "Illegal Alien".
  • Hey, It's That Place!: The video for "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" from Invisible Touch was shot at the Bradbury Building.
  • Hipgnosis: Designed several of their album covers; specifically, they did the covers for The Lamb, And Then There Were Three, and the two four-piece era albums.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: A one-off reunion with Peter Gabriel, a concert on October 2nd, 1982 at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, to benefit Gabriel's WOMAD arts festival, was never officially recorded or filmed. The only record that exists are bootleg recordings.
  • Old Shame: Phil Collins has mentioned in internet postings not to be a fan of 'Match of the Day', from the Spot The Pigeon EP, which is probably why that track was left off of 2000's Genesis Archives #2 boxset, where 'Pigeons' and 'Inside And Out' were included. However, all three songs are included in the Genesis 1976–1982 boxset and the EP was repressed on vinyl in 2012, making the song easily available again.
  • One of Us: Phil Collins is a self-confessed video game fan and even played himself in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Tony Banks is a fan of The Lord of the Rings, and Mike Rutherford referenced Doctor Who in Come Rain or Shine.
  • The Pete Best: Phil Collins didn't join the band until Genesis' third album, Nursery Cryme. Chris Stewart, John Silver, and John Mayhew (who appears in the 2014 Together And Apart documentary in footage recorded before his death in 2009) preceded him.
    • Anthony Phillips left after the second album, Trespass. While his contributions seem marginalized now, Tony Banks remarks in Together And Apart that his departure was not taken lightly, and he was concerned for the future of the band. While not credited, the song "The Musical Box" that appears on Nursery Cryme was based on a piece Phillips had composed for the band.
    • While Steve Hackett's leaving was amicable (both Collins and Rutherford contributed to his first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte) the 2014 documentary Together and Apart (broadcast as Sum of the Parts in the US), a film supposedly meant to touch on both the band's long life and the noteworthy solo careers of all the band members, gives Hackett's solo career, which spans over twenty records, the barest of mentions. Hackett went on social media and to Rolling Stone to voice his displeasure. What makes the documentary even more tone-deaf is that Hackett at the time of the documentary's broadcast was currently in the middle of a nearly two-year tour behind his Genesis Revisited II record, that will continue into 2015, playing many classic Genesis songs which haven't been performed live in decades.
    • Ray Wilson also to an extent, as his career with Genesis was killed by fan indifference before it could begin. However at the same time, he has seemed to parlay that brief time into a substantial career, still performing songs from Calling All Stations live and appearing as a guest singer at Steve Hackett's 2013 Genesis Revisited II show at the Royal Albert Hall.
    • Between Phillips' departure and Hackett's arrival, the band had another guitarist named Mick Barnard. Since he never performed on any official albums, and was only in the band for a few months, he is largely forgotten by most fans. An appearance on British TV in November 1970 includes Barnard in the band, but the recording of the broadcast has since been lost.
  • Referenced By: In Knights of Buena Vista, Adriana is singing one of the band's songs, and Ilene jokes that they are known as "Mega Drive" in the rest of the world.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Many of their trademark techniques and tones were developed over a brief period of time between Anthony Phillips' split from the group and the hiring of Steve Hackett to replace him, as they had not yet found a guitarist and were rehearsing as a four-piece, with Rutherford and/or Banks using different methods of making up for the lack of guitar (bass pedals, double-neck guitar, distorted electric piano).
    • Their method of writing in the studio via jam sessions, improvisations and group-composing in The '80s was partly a way of keeping the dwindling band united on a project, particularly as pre-written songs were being used on solo albums. They also felt that the best tracks on ...And Then There Were Three... and Duke were group-written, and wanted to continue in that vein and justify their reasons for continuing as a band.
    • Gabriel's penchant for telling weird stories between songs arose as a way to keep audiences engaged during concerts, as the band would often take a long time to retune their instruments. Also, his usage of masks and costumes came about partially because of this, and partially because of his stage fright.
  • What Could Have Been: When the band was forming ideas for what would become 1974's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Mike Rutherford suggested composing a song cycle loosely based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novella The Little Prince. Gabriel, however, had a singular vision for the record and ultimately wrote the lyrics of The Lamb on his own, with a edgier tone, and with an American protagonist. Eventually, Rutherford's idea would inspire songs on 1978's ...And Then There Were Three... and most prominently in the song cycle that book-ends (mostly; "Turn It On Again" is also part of the suite) 1980's Duke (the album's art seems also evocative of the book).
    • Attempts were made to make a movie out of The Lamb since the late 1970s, but nothing came to fruition.
    • Casual considerations to replace Steve Hackett as guitarist in 1978 were rumored to include Jeff Beck, Robert Fripp, and Steely Dan veteran Elliott Randall. It was later agreed to keep it a three-piece in the studio.
    • The Little Prince-inspired tracks on Duke were meant to be a "Supper's Ready"-like suite taking up one side, yet in the end the band decided to steer clear of long pieces, as Progressive Rock had become a withering genre in the early 80's. They also didn't want the composition compared to "Supper's Ready" and felt leaving the tracks together would have given the record a noticeably weaker B-side; however, they did perform the "suite" live in its original format and order during the subsequent tour for the album, documented on several bootlegs. Concidentally, Rutherford used another novel, Smallcreep's Day, as the basis for his first solo record, which was released in 1980, the same year as Duke.
    • 1982's Abacab was originally planned as a double-album. Most of the tracks ultimately removed (most notably the instrumentals "Naminanu" & "Submarine") appeared as B-sides, and the song originally meant as the album's closer, "Paperlate", eventually appeared on 3x3 and Three Sides Live.
    • According to an interview in Guitar World, when David Lee Roth left Van Halen in 1986, Eddie Van Halen began writing many of the songs that would ultimately appear on 5150 with the idea of using different vocalists on each track. He had reached out to both Rutherford and Collins to work on the record, and wrote the song "Right Now" with the late Joe Cocker in mind.
    • Celebrated indie songwriter/musician Kevin Gilbert, who had much respect and love for the "classic" Genesis (he performed the entire ''Lamb Lies Down'' album live on stage with his band Giraffe in 1994), was invited to audition to replace Phil Collins in 1996. Unfortunately, Gilbert died of an accidental suicide before his management received the invitation. Considering Gilbert's prog-rock credibility and rising career as a songwriter at the time, there's no telling what his talent could've done to help invigorate the band.
    • Among the people also being considered to replace Phil Collins as lead singer was Fish, who had previously done vocals for some of Tony Banks' solo material. "Generillion" might very well have been really awesome, especially since Fish's vocals have been compared to Gabriel's to begin with.
    • Their 2007 Turn It On Again tour started as an attempt to reunite Banks, Collins, Rutherford, Gabriel and Hackett to perform The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway; when Gabriel decided against it, the post-Hackett five-piece touring band reunited instead.
    • "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight", "The Cinema Show", and "Aisle of Plenty" were originally composed as a single twenty-minute suite, but as with the Saint-Exupéry-inspired Duke suite above, the band decided they didn't want it compared to "Supper's Ready" (to which they felt it would be too similar) and split it up to bookend the album. This is why the coda to "Dancing" just seems to build up tension without any real release: it's intended to lead into the intro of "The Cinema Show". In any case, if they'd left them together we'd be mentioning them in the same breath as "Supper's Ready" now, so it's a shame they were split up.