Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Genesis: 1975-1980 - "Documentary"

One of the benefits of being newly single is that I now have sole control of the Netflix queue. Because of this, I was able to bump up "Inside Genesis: 1975-1980."

Truly, this was one of the most bizarre documentaries I have ever seen. There is some actual concert footage of the band, most likely from their 1979 and 1980 tours, but they never let you see a full song. More importantly, none of the footage features Steve Hackett, who left in 1978 following Seconds Out. So, on the "cool old concert footage" score, this one's a dud.

But the "talking heads" they chose are the most bizarre thing about this. They are: a music critic, a keyboardist, a singer who was probably born in 1978, a session guitarist and a session drummer. I have no idea who any of these people are or why they were chosen to talk about Genesis. The keyboardist sits behind a keyboard and says silly things like, "The song starts in G, which is nice for guitars because it's such a big, open string chord." He actually says this twice and in both cases there is no guitar playing a big open G chord. Hilariously, one of the commenters (the drummer, I think) , actually says that he didn't really think much of Tony Banks until he heard "Duchess" from Duke!

Anyway, for the old Genesis fans who read this blog, I have to warn you away from this time waster.

Now, if they would just re-release a high-quality version of the 1973 concert film of the Selling England by the Pound tour. That would rock.

9 comments:

B G said...

ahhhhhh... the good old genesis tour. yeah its hard for me to see why you are still single. - bg

Dave Cavalier said...

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Jackson said...

I saw a documentary on Genesis that was fairly good, it was a straight up rockumentary with clips, concerts, interviews, and embarrasing schoolboy photos. I did a quick search, and can't find it.

Chrispy said...

that's porn blogger/writer/teacher to you.

Chrispy said...

Ted actually typed the words "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" into Limewire last night, and I could feel the computer shudder.

Dave Cavalier said...

Limewire, what's that?

Chrispy said...

It's like the Mac only Napster (I think it's Mac only).

Anyway, file sharing (aka "Rippin' off the Man")

Dfactor said...

DC - This sucky ripoff Genesis DVD was in fact one of the group of DVDs I picked up last week for Christmas gift handouts last Friday. At last minute, I thought I'd send it to my bro in Chicago. Then I read some Amazon reviews about it, which screamed "NO! RIPOFF!", so I returned it to J & R for in-store refund. Ended up getting him a live Steve Hackett DVD. Money better spent, I reckon.

David Amulet said...

I have avoided this one ... happily. There is a new book out on Genesis that I just ordered, which I forget the title of right now. Maybe it will be better for us than schlock like this.

-- david