So I have now largely rewritten my own personal history to pretend that I only ever liked Gabriel- era Genesis and that my interest in the band ended in 1975.
In reality I got every album from Trick Of The Tail through to Invisible Touch and only in hindsight did I realise the superiority of the Gabriel era.
I certainly wouldn’t include any ‘Early Genesis’ in this list as that is far from a ‘guilty’ pleasure. However 80s Genesis are not looked back on with fondness by many outside their fan base and the anticipated horrified reaction from Roy probably means they do qualify.
This track is a bizarre one to have as their biggest UK hit , reaching Number 4 in 1983. Perhaps it was because they did sound like they were absorbing what was going on around them, combining ethereal Numan Synths with a lolloping drum machine and, at one point, what sounds like a drum kit falling down a flight of stairs. Meanwhile Phil Collins seems to preempt Dexter by 30 years with his serial killer orange boiler suit and manic ‘Ha Ha Hehhh Urghhh’ chuckle at 2:15 in the video.Perhaps they had been studying Infected by The The.
Stranger things have happened. But not many….