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"I can see you Mama, but I can hardly wait!"

"Just as I thought it was going alright,
I found out I'm wrong, when I thought I was right.
It's always the same, it's just a shame, that's all!
I could say day, and you'd say night.
Tell me it's black when I know that it's white.
Always the same, it's just a shame, and that's all!"
"That's All"

Genesis is the twelfth studio album recorded by the progressive and pop rock group Genesis. It was released by Virgin Records via the Charisma labelnote  in the United Kingdom, and through Atlantic Records in the United States, on 3 October 1983.

After a successful tour of Abacab and a one-off gig in Milton Keynes with former bandmates Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackettnote , Genesis took an eight-month hiatus as their members sought their respective solo projects. They reconvened in The Farm - their Surrey studio - to begin work on the album on March 1983, making this the first album to be written, recorded and mixed entirely there.


The album was yet another commercial success, reaching two times Platinum in the United Kingdom and four times Platinum in the United States. "That's All" was the album's highest charting single on both sides of the Atlanticnote , and promotional music videos were made for "Mama" and "Illegal Alien".


Side One
  1. "Mama" (6:52)
  2. "That's All" (4:25)
  3. "Home by the Sea" (5:08)
  4. "Second Home by the Sea" (6:06)

Side Two

  1. "Illegal Alien" (5:17)
  2. "Taking It All Too Hard" (3:58)
  3. "Just a Job to Do" (4:47)
  4. "Silver Rainbow" (4:31)
  5. "It's Gonna Get Better" (5:14)


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Welcome to the Trope by the Sea:

  • Deliberately Monochrome/Minimalistic Cover Art: A photograph of Tupperware Shape-O pieces (often mistaken for Perfection pieces) in a black space surrounded by a yellow border, with the album/band name superimposed in a yellow script font. The toys was cover artist Bill Smith's then-one-year-old son's, who left them on the floor after having gone to bed.
  • Dodgy Toupee: Phil wears a truly horrible one in the video for "Illegal Alien", doffing it for the camera when getting a photo taken.
  • Epic Rocking: "Mama" has come close to reaching the seven minute mark in the album version. Meanwhile, the "Home by the Sea" suite has shown that the Progressive Rock elements are still alive with a seamless transition taking it above eleven minutes.
  • Evil Laugh: "Mama". Phil Collins admitted to stealing it from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Silver Rainbow" has the line 'If you're sitting there beside her and a bear comes in the room'
  • The Illegal: "Illegal Alien" is about the plight of those who seek to cross the border without legal documentation.
  • In the Style of...: Word of God established that "That's All" has some influence from The Beatles, with Phil Collins basing the drumming there on that of Ringo Starr.
  • Nightmare Face: Phil in the video for "Mama" when he does the Evil Laugh. Also repeated in live performances of the song as well.
  • Obsession Song: "Mama" is about a man's obsession with an older prostitute.
  • Self-Titled Album: The only album in Genesis' discography to do this.
  • Sexual Extortion: During the bridge of "Illegal Alien", in a part typically cut from radio play:
    But I've got a sister who is willing to oblige.
    She will do anything now, to help me get to the outside.
  • Siamese Twin Songs: "Home by the Sea" and "Second Home by the Sea"
  • Smoking Is Cool: Rutherford throws a cigarette up in the air, catching it with his mouth in the video for "Illegal Alien".


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