Genesis must be the most successful high school band of all time. Formed at England's exclusive Charterhouse school in 1967, they have come, over the course of some fifty years and numerous personnel changes, to exemplify intelligent adult rock music.
From the very beginning Genesis were different. Founding members Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips had musical ambitions well beyond their age, and their earliest work displayed the influence of classical music as much as pop.
By the time they recruited drummer Phil Collins in 1970, the young group had already established a reputation for elaborate, complex songs and dynamic live shows.
When you think of some of the biggest rock bands in the world, many come to mind - Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles. These revolutionary bands have something in common - they all originated in England.
Another one of the biggest bands to come out of England is Genesis. Since its beginnings back in the late 60's, Genesis has brought rock fans a consistant stream of music with an inconsistant line-up. In the band's 40+ year history, eleven band members have played with the group. It all started back in 1967, when members from two seperate bands, The Anon (Rivers Job, Richard MacPhail, Rob Tyrell, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford) and The Garden Wall (Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Chris Stewart), joined together to make Genesis.
The first lineup included Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, and Chris Stewart. They sparked the interests of producer/songwriter Jonathan King, who inspired them to take up the title of Genesis.
"You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire, once the flame begins to catch, the wind will blow it higher."
Firth Of Fifth - Instrumental part