Genesis, "The Musical Box"

>> Sunday, September 23, 2012


Peter Gabriel isn't dressed up like a flower or anything.  No, wait--he's possibly supposed to be dressed up like Joan Baez.  Or he stole her hairstyle.  Man, that's just weird.  Peter Gabriel looks like Joan Baez and Phil Collins looks like this guy I knew in college.

Nursery Cryme is a lot more fun than you might think from the twee title.  I always think of it as the first Genesis record, but it's really the third--the first two are from a lineup you've never heard of unless you're a Genesis obsessive and the first of those was a record that sold 650 copies on its original issue and has occupied a weird legal place since then.  I think one of the little record stores I frequented in high school used to have some kind of off-brand reissue or maybe even bootleg on vinyl that I never bought, though in retrospect I should have; now, what would the point be?  I'm sure I could get it on CD, but I hardly listen to all that much prog anymore.

I didn't delve too deeply into prog back then, either.  I think--I have to admit this, though I don't think I ever quite realized it until I started writing this paragraph--I think I've never quite liked actual prog as much as I liked the idea of prog, and I didn't even quite like the idea of prog nearly so much after I kicked some of my own musical pretensions and realized how awesome punk and new wave were, which was something that dawned on me fairly late.  I think my earliest formative tastes had me on a steady and excessive diet of what I guess would be called classic rock these days, with a steady evolution towards college or alternative that started in high school, which is really very late to notice college rock when you realize this would have been the late '80s and all sorts of cool stuff had been going on for nearly a decade already; I'm proud to brag that I found out about R.E.M. before Document but embarrassed by and reluctant to admit that it was well after Murmur.  (I blame my parents, who either should have allowed me to be born earlier or should have provided me with a cool older sibling with awesome taste in music; no, they were way too young when I was born as it is, I guess that wouldn't have worked.  Dammit.)  But yeah, prog seemed like something I should have liked and I may have even claimed I was a big prog guy at some point when I was young and thought Pink Floyd was proggier than they ever were (they get labeled "prog" a lot, but it doesn't really fit them very well); in retrospect, not so much.

7 comments:

timb111 Monday, September 24, 2012 at 12:00:00 PM EDT  

I'm an decrepit old, not at all up on the modern "hip" talk of you youngsters and I think the post would be more interesting if I knew what meaning "prog" you were using.

Colin's English Dictionary defines prog as:
verb Word forms: progs, progging, progged
intr (British, slang (or dialect) to prowl about for or as if for food or plunder

noun
(British, slang (or dialect) food obtained by begging
(Canadian, dialect) a Newfoundland word for food

I'm guessing begging for food.

timb111 Monday, September 24, 2012 at 2:59:00 PM EDT  

Are you saying Wikipedia trumps Colin's English Dictionary when it comes to word definitions?

When I was young there was just Rock 'n Roll, it was from the devil, we loved it and knew that one day the world would embrace the Age of Aquarius.

Eric Monday, September 24, 2012 at 3:59:00 PM EDT  

When I was young there was just Rock 'n Roll, it was from the devil, we loved it and knew that one day the world would embrace the Age of Aquarius.

So basically you were already old by 1968?

timb111 Monday, September 24, 2012 at 5:22:00 PM EDT  

I was well into R&R by 1968. I was singing Beatles tunes in 1963. So well I might not have been "old" in 1968 I knew what Rock was and on the farm we weren't too concerned about fragmenting the gender. Actually, pretty much all I was concerned about was whether I could get Sharon to give me a kiss.

timb111 Monday, September 24, 2012 at 5:55:00 PM EDT  

"genre", "genre" not "gender". Stupid auto-correct.

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