And Then There Were Three...Genesis
With the announcement last week that Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins would be reforming as Genesis for a few dates in the UK this fall, I thought it would be the perfect time to revisit the album that helped them break through as a pop act, especially in the US.
A little backstory…
Once upon a time, there was a prog rock group called Genesis consisting of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart on drums. They were all boarding school boys who met in the late sixties. They put out some amazingly complex music (which is an understatement) and underwent some line-up changes through the early seventies, most notably adding Steve Hackett and Phil Collins. They put out more amazingly complex music, with Gabriel wearing some eye catching costumes, in the mid-seventies, including the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, which was Gabriel’s last album with the band.
The band, now consisting of Banks, Rutherford, Collins and Hackett, went on to make a Trick of the Tail (with Collins singing lead for the first time), and Wind & Wuthering, which wound up being Hackett’s last album with the band.
So now we come to ...And Then There Were Three.
The album, released in March of 1978, was a significant departure from their long, epic, prog rock songs they had been known for. Collins was contributing more to the songwriting, and the band consciously tried to write shorter material. And even though it wasn’t as critically acclaimed as some of the denser material of the mid-seventies, it became their most commercially successful album to date, reaching No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart, and No. 14 on the Billboard 200. It also spawned their breakthrough single, Follow You Follow Me, which charted at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album reached platinum status a decade after its release in 1988.
So, here’s the video for that single...