There are several revelations in this Genesis interview with band members Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford specifically about the initial five studio albums, 1972’s Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound the following year, and the conceptual The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway when the charismatic Peter Gabriel was fronting the English progressive rock quintet. Rutherford confesses that the first personnel departure, that of his Charter House prep school chum guitarist Anthony “Ant” Phillips, was actually the hardest of all of the significant defections which would later occur in the band’s more than forty year run. Phil Collins grudgingly admits to being somewhat annoyed at still having to defend the wisdom in the Genesis evolution of a band whose members have sold collectively upwards of 130 million records and still stayed together longer than any of their peers.
As the lead singer, Peter Gabriel was employing performance art in Genesis concerts long before anyone had even coined the term. But when asked if everyone else in the band encouraged the riveting, bizarre costumes worn by Peter, Mike Rutherford admitted,” Had Peter run it by us, we probably would have said ‘No.’ Peter had the brains to actually realize,’Don’t tell them what I’m doing, just DO it.’ And it worked that way, otherwise we would have vetoed most of his things, knowing us!”
Phil and Mike chronicle the first distinct era of Genesis 1970-75 in part one of our look into the Genesis R-Kive three-disc anthology companion to the BBC/ Showtime documentary Genesis: Sum of the Parts. And be sure to listen to part two here. -Redbeard