10 Feb

Genesis at one time was one of the most experimental and innovative bands on the musical landscape. As someone who was born in the late 70’s, it’s even hard for me to believe but I’ve heard the proof. They used to be led up by Peter Gabriel and made some brilliant progressive rock. Even after Gabriel’s exodus, they were still making creative music for many years before their more notable pop turn. One would think that a Genesis side project would channel the past and allow them to go back to their roots. Instead it went deeper into the pop. It would be Genesis guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford would broke out and created the band Mike and the Mechanics. He hooked up with Paul Carrack (formerly of Roxy Music) and made adult contemporary snooze rock.

Was this trip worth it? Surprisingly, yes.

Sure, there was no need for a Genesis side project that made pop music when Genesis was making pop music. But, it did create one of the saddest songs ever.

Song 814- “The Living Years” by Mike & the Mechanics

But they also made “All I Need is a Miracle”. Ugh. No excuse for that one.


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