Genesis’ first album, From Genesis to Revelation, was released on March 7, 1969. Yeah, that long ago. Can you believe it? Back then, the group was a boundary-pushing heavy-psychedelia group, laying the foundations for prog rock, and headed up by Peter Gabriel. Gabriel left the group pretty soon after that, and drummer Phil Collins took the reins and changed them from experimental to pure, perfect pop.
That’s the era I’m looking at here.
To celebrate the genesis of Genesis, we’ll do three GREATEST OF ALL TUNES features this week: Today, the band. Tomorrow, Peter Gabriel. And then, Phil Collins.
So what’s the greatest Genesis tune? For me, that’s easy. Man on the Corner.
Released in 1982, the song only went to #50 on the charts and has even been dropped off some of their best of comps. But it’s got sentimental attachment for me ‘cause a girl I liked used to write the lyrics on the margins of her notepaper back in my 12th Grade Shakespeare class. Plus, it’s the precursor to Collins’ better-known song about homeless, Another Day in Paradise.
I can’t tell you why I think it’s better than many other Genesis songs—and I do like quite a few of them—but I just do. I guess it comes down to taste. My taste. My blog, my taste.
Further listening: Turn It On Again, Mama, Misunderstanding, No Reply At All, and the great (almost picked for my G.O.A.T.) tune, That’s All.
Cover versions: Very hard to find…