I have spent the entire week covered in goose bumps and with the odd lump in my throat as I have immersed myself in vintage Genesis.
You see it all started the other week when Matthew mentioned that there was a channel on Sky called Sky Arts (or something similar) which showed music documentaries and concerts. A quick flick through showed that there were 2 documentaries about Genesis due to be shown this week. Well, what a week it's been. My love affair with Genesis started in 1977 (you can read about it here) and since I don't like what they have done since Duke in 1980, I am, or so I thought, limited in finding DVDs and live concert CDs and footage which focuses on the 70's and the 1980 tour when I saw them in my home town and almost in my actual home! Yes, I could have slept under the same roof as them in 1980 but I wont dwell on that fact (thank you Mum. Not.! Story in above link)
Anyway, I have been enthralled with these documentaries watching snippets of the vintage Genesis I love. I also discovered a very interesting fact and I am kicking myself for not making the connection before. In the 1980's their producer was Hugh Padgham - Hugh is Cath Kidston's partner! If I'm brutally honest I never bought any of the Genesis albums he produced as they went more commercial after 1980 and lost the very essence I loved.
But this week's Genesis rediscovery doesn't end with the TV - I went on to discover a treasure trove of videos on YouTube even better than the snippets of television concert footage. I never thought to look on YouTube before. I have been in heaven but there have been grumbles and a far share of eye rolling in the family. Lucy walked in quite late on Wednesday after school and stood at the sitting-room door her face aghast, "You were watching this when I left for school this morning and you are still watching it now?!" The other night we had 4 minutes before the news started so I suggested 4 minutes of the Afterglow footage which they sat through complaining...well I did get to the remote control first! Tom was encouraged (read forced) to watch some with me last night as he is home for Easter. With each new song I was asking everyone, "don't you recognise this? Surely!"
Funnily enough If they said yes I was thrilled. Why I don't know. Probably because I want them to love it as much as me; but I'm not holding out much hope - though Anth was able to sing along a bit with Ripples which made me look at him in a new light - I may have my own rock star husband yet!
And did you think that you, my friends, were not going to be subjected to a little vintage Genesis love? Oh no. You can't get away that easily.
Here we go..and no eye rolling... here's Afterglow one of my absolute favourites.
And the last bit of The Musical Boxand...
...you have had enough already? Just one more...
..oh and I can't resist Ripples even though it's a newer concert.
Damn - I've got that lump in my throat back...