Formed by five Charterhouse pupils including Banks, Rutherford, Gabriel, and Anthony Phillips, Genesis was named by former pupil Jonathan King who arranged them to record several unsuccessful singles and an album. After splitting with King, the group began touring professionally, signing with Charisma Records. Following the departure of Phillips, Genesis recruited Collins and Hackett and recorded several progressive rock style albums, with live shows centred around Gabriel's theatrical costumes and performances. The group were initially commercially successful in Europe, before entering the UK charts with Foxtrot (1972). They followed this with Selling England by the Pound (1973) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) before Gabriel decided to leave the group.
After an unsuccessful search for a replacement, Collins took over as lead singer, while the group gained popularity in the UK and the US. Following A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering (both 1976), Hackett left the band, reducing it to a core of Banks, Rutherford, and Collins. Genesis had their first UK top ten and US top 30 single in 1978 with "Follow You Follow Me" and the group continued to gain commercial success with Duke (1980), Abacab (1981), and Genesis (1983), reaching a peak with Invisible Touch (1986), which featured five US top five singles. Its title track reached number one in the US. After the follow up, We Can't Dance (1991) and related tour, Collins left Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career. Banks and Rutherford recruited Ray Wilson for Calling All Stations (1997), but a lack of success in the US led to a group hiatus. Banks, Rutherford and Collins reunited for the Turn It On Again Tour in 2007, and together with Gabriel and Hackett were interviewed for the BBC documentary Genesis: Together and Apart in 2014.
Their discography includes fifteen studio and six live albums, six of which topped the UK chart. They have won numerous awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video with "Land of Confusion", and inspired a number of tribute bands recreating Genesis shows from various stages of the band's career. In 2010, Genesis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame....(Read more)
TV broadcast their Knebworth set in the first year of FRS' life and repeated it at least once: he was moved to comment on its being a great performance. The lengthy Supper's Ready regularly made appearances in listeners' polls of all-time favourite tracks, and Burning Rope was a show favourite.
Genesis did not record any sessions for the FRS, but at least two from the BBC Archive were repeated.
- Recorded: 1971-05-10 for Bob Harris. First TX 1971-05-31. (22 June 1979)
- Recorded: 1972-09-25 for John Peel (Session #2). First TX 1972-11-07.
(For details, see relevant show pages.)
- Recorded: 1978-06-24, Knebworth, Hertfordshire. (29 December 1978, 17 February 1984)
- Recorded: 1980-05-07, Lyceum, London. (11 July 1980)
Other Shows Played Edit
- 03 January 1977 (Alan Freeman): 'Eleventh Earl Of Mar (LP - Wind & Wuthering)' (Charisma) 1976 Rock albums #15
- 26 August 1978 (Alan Freeman): 'Burning Rope (LP-...And The There Were Three)' (Charisma)
- 08 December 1978: 'Ripples (LP-A Trick Of The Tail)' (Charisma)
- 23 March 1979: 'Burning Rope (LP-And Then There Were Three)' (Charisma)
- 13 April 1979: 'The Musical Box (LP-Nursery Cryme)' (Charisma) Friday Night Connection (1979)
- 08 June 1979: 'Apocalypse In 9/8 - As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (LP-Seconds Out)' (Charisma)
- 20 July 1979: 'Burning Rope (LP-And Then There Were Three)' (Charisma)
- 16 November 1979: 'Supper's Ready (LP-Foxtrot) (Charisma) Now We Are One, #8
- 25 January 1980: 'Dusk (LP-Trespass)' (Charisma) Friday Night Connection (1980)
- 07 March 1980: 'Happy The Man (7")' (Charisma)
- 16 May 1980: 'In The Beginning (LP-From Genesis To Revelation)' (Decca)
- 29 August 1980: 'Misunderstanding (7")' (Charisma)
- 31 October 1980: 'The Knife (LP-Trespass)' (Charisma)
- 14 November 1980: 'Supper's Ready (LP-Foxtrot) (Charisma) Two's Up - Listener's Top 10, #2
- 23 January 1981: 'Eleventh Earl Of Mar (LP-Wind & Wuthering)' (Charisma) Friday Night Connection (1981)
- 17 April 1981: 'The Fountain Of Salmacis (LP-Nursery Cryme)' (Charisma)
- 29 May 1981: 'Robbery, Assault & Battery (2xLP-Seconds Out)' (Charisma)
- 07 August 1981: 'Abacab (7")' (Charisma)
- 07 August 1981: 'Ripples (LP-Trick Of The Tail)' (Charisma) Friday Night Connection (1981)
- 18 September 1981: 'Abacab (LP-Abacab)' (Charisma)
- 15 January 1982: 'Snowbound (LP-And Then There Were Three)' (Charisma) Friday Night Connection (1982)
- 18 November 1983: 'Supper's Ready (LP-Foxtrot)' (Charisma)
- 03 February 1984: 'Turn It On Again (LP-Duke)' (Charisma)
- 11 October 1984 (Into The Music): 'Burning Rope (CD-...And Then There Were Three)' (Charisma)
- 11 September 1987: 'In The Cage (2xCD-The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway)' (Charisma)
- 16 December 1989 (Alan Freeman): 'Follow You Follow Me (LP - ...And Then There Were Three...)' (Charisma)