There are essentially two different eras of Genesis. The first was led by Peter Gabriel, who would dress up like a flower onstage and sing 25-minute songs about lawnmowers. The second, fronted by drummer Phil Collins after Gabriel left for a solo career in the mid-'70s, was dominated by pop songs that made the group one of the most popular in the world. There have been various lineup shifts since the band's formation in England at the end of the '60s, but the core quintet of Gabriel, Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist Mike Rutherford and guitarist Steve Hackett (and then a trio of Collins, Banks and Rutherford) made most of the group's classic records. Collins quit in 1996, and since then, fans have been clamoring for a full-group reunion.
- Selected Discography: ‘Selling England by the Pound’ (1973), ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ (1974), ‘Abacab’ (1981)
- Related Artists: Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett
- Further Reading: Top 10 Peter Gabriel Genesis Songs, Top 10 Phil Collins-Era Genesis Songs, Genesis Lineup Changes