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Wheels of Cheese #57: Six pieces for Orchestra by Tony Banks

genesis 1972

These men are rock stars, so I guess they probably want to have sex with you.

When I first started writing Wheels of Cheese, back in the 1940s, I never dreamed that it I would end up writing about the 70s prog rock band (and later 80s shit rock band) Genesis, and yet here I am. Doing just that! Reason being that Tony Banks. the keyboardist, now writes classical music (too!). It’s quite nice.

But enough of that. For most of us, of course, Genesis are best known as one of Patrick Bateman’s favourite bands in American Psycho. For him, Invisible Touch ‘was the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums’. Their earlier stuff he found, ‘Too artsy, too intellectual’. As musch as I hate to disagree with Patrick Bateman, I was lucky enough to stumble across this video of Genesis live on Belgian telly in 1972. ‘Artsy’, yes. But I’m not sure if ‘intellectual’ makes it past the first lyric.

Anyway, if you’ve got half an hour, and literally nothing else to do, I recommend you have a listen – HERE.

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