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The pictures are generallyquite common and are all B&W. Here are some of the better ones alongwith the text about the songs.

 


Firth of Fifth

I think it's the most successful all round song on 'Selling England By The Pound' It's a very romantic song. It builds I to a climaxwith the guitar solo-which recalls an earlier flute theme-with masses ofMellotron.-Tony Banks

 It's a tune that never really did so well onstage as it didon the last tour. It really got a great audience reaction whereas before...'Causethe ending is quiet and people would sit around waiting for somebody elseto clap. Maybe it was because everybody knew it by the time of the lasttour... and with two drummers it just seemed to happen. Phil Collins

 It was pieced together by the whole group around so it wasone of those things where the group arrangement is quite important. Therewere three separate sections and it was Mike's idea to put them all together.I was thinking of keeping them separate, but they worked very nicely together.I'd offered some of it at the time of 'Foxtrot'(1972) and Phil found itvery difficult to play on-this one part of it so we dropped the idea. I'mglad we did 'cause I developed it a lot better. I think it was great tobe told no at that point and produce something a lot better as a resultof it. Mike and I wrote the Iyrics together. We were a bit stuck for anidea for a lyric. We started off writing very simply about a river, thenthe river became a bit more...a river of life.. You know, it's quite allegoricaland I don't think it's our most successful lyric. I've always been a bitdisappointed  with the lyric on that. It's a great piece of musicbut it's a I pity we didn't get a better lyric. I don't think it says veryI much. We tried a bit too hard. It just didn't come whereas the otherone we wrote on the album, 'Cinema Show,'-we were much more pleased with.There we had a specific idea to aim fort-Tony Banks

 It's always a bad sign when you struggle. I think 'Epping Forest'was a struggle and it suffered. -Mike Rutherford


Watcher of the Skies

At the time both this and 'Musical Box' were trademarks, particularlythe intro. to 'Watchers'. It was intentionally melodramatic to conjureup an impression of incredible size. It was an extraordinary sound. Onthe old Mellotron Mark 2 there were these two chords that sounded reallygood on that instrument. There are some chords you can't play on that instrumentbecause they'd be so out of tune. 3 These chords created an incredibleatmosphere. That's why  it's just an incredible intro. number. Itnever sounded so i good on the later Mellotron. It did in fact developout of another song which ended up on the new album (Wind And Wuthering').We wanted to find a fast riff which was in the same time signature. Thesetwo segments were originally joined.- Tony Banks


Entangled

Steve (Hackett) started writing verses which were very airy-fairy...afloating above ground feeling...and then he came down with a bang.-MikeRutherford

The chorus takes the piss out of what he wrote in the verses.-TonyBanks


Squonk

I've always had a soft spot for the very simple, very heavy. Philis a great John Bonham fan. It worked very well and it happened very easily.We didn't have to do much to it., Tony wrote the middle bit, the softerbit. We went into the  rehearsal room and we just played it. We goin there with  our little list. It just shows how the group helpsme as a  writer. I had the riff but I didn't really think much ofit. I, hadn't seen it how they had. I really didn't think it would comeout like that. Everybody said, 'Let's try it'. And we did  one runthrough and it had that sound it's got on the album, straight away. Thelyrics are just about this little fantasy character.-Mike Rutherford

 There are usually those bits of songs or tunes which someonebrings in and straight away everybody, knows what should be done with it.And you sit down and you do it. 'Squonk' should have been a better stagenumber. I don't think Bill (Bruford) really got behind it. Bill can't,
play like John Bonham, see, whereas I can. So it was always a littlelight on the bottom. This time with Chester (Thompson, who joined the groupfor an indefinite period at the end of 1976) it will be a better stagenumber. He really gets behind it.-Phil Collins


A Trick of the Tail

I got the idea for the lyric after reading William Holding's 'TheInheritors'. It's about a race who were on earth before man and it's thestory of the last survivor of this race. The very last chapter deals withour reaction to him whereas the rest of the story is his reaction to us.It's about an alien with horns and a tail who appears in a modern cityand how people react to him. The melody comes from an idea I had at thetime of 'Foxtrot' I often like to get earlier things used 'cause they'rea bit simpler than how I write now. -Tony Banks



Los Endos

It was the first time I thought Genesis played the type of musicthey'd never played before- American music vaguely in the mould of WeatherReport. It stemmed from this rhythmic idea I had. We also worked in somereprises because it was the end of the album including the reprise of 'Squonk'at the end. It was the first time we hit on... I say jazz, but I thinkwe were playing a different kind of music on that track. It was still tight.It wasn't a blowing tune, but it was the first time we'd tried anythingin that vein. To me, it was great to do that kind of thing with Genesisrather than playing it with Brand X.-Phil Collins

 The three chords it's based around were part of a soft thingwhich didn't make the album. Steve and Tony wrote fast things in betweenwhich took us up to the reprise of 'Volcano' then into 'Squonk'.-Mike Rutherford

 It's an incredibly effective stage number. Phil Collins

 I think compared to some albums, 'Trick Of The Tail' is veryconsistent. And because of its very high standard it's difficult pickingout any one track.-Mike Rutherford

 I prefer 'Gorilla' (a track from their most recent album 'WindAnd Wuthering) which is the same kind of thing, but 'Los Endos' was thefirst time we did it. I see it as our little excursion into the world of...Idon't call it jazzrock. The title was misc.-Phil Collins


A Trick of the Tail Album

When we recorded the album the songs felt very distant from one another,because some were virtually unwritten when we first went into the studio.On this album we've stuck to our time signatures-once we've got them-morethan ever before, it's in 3/4 from beginning to end. It never varies andit's very nice to do that. The only part of the album I don't like is thefast bit in 'Dance On A Volcano'. That really isn't very well played.-TonyBanks

 It's good 'cause this album was quite suddenly a big challengeas far as lyric writing went. In the past Pete (Gabriel) did about halfthe lyrics. The album turned out to be strongly vocal. Possibly there wasless friction between vocals and instrumentals. On some albums we've hadgreat instrumentals with great vocals over them but the two together werejust too much. Peter's going has made us more of a band. Phil was reallyeasy to work with. In a way he wasn't sure whether he could do it. It'sthe first time he's sung loud powerful tracks.-Mike Rutherford


Actually I'd rather go back and play the drums than go off stageand have a drink. I'm still a drummer. I don't consider myself the leadsinger. I feel I have more lee-way to do what I want being a drummer first,because people don't expect a super-cool, super-slick guy. They expectsomeone who's just a guy and that makes it a lot easier. Some people mightthink I was sitting there plotting behind the drum kit to get rid of thelead singer so I can take over but that's ridiculous. (Phil Collins onhis dual role within Genesis)

Genesis may not be the stuff rock 'n' roll is made of but hopefullyrock music can encompass a very, very broad spectrum. I think it's a pityto compel anyone to do any one thing 'cause obviously there may be a fewfalse turnings but in the end you get somewhere worthwhile. There are alot of people who can play their instruments better than we can. Phil isa very good drummer, I would not deny that, but there are better guitariststhan Steve when it comes to speed and technique.- Tony Banks

 I think the strength of a band is when it's a band and thatoften means some very simple playing. I think we'd like to try and stretchourselves as far either way as we can go in terms of technique and simplicity.-Mike Rutherford

 You can use technique...there's no harm if you use good technique.It's a tool. It's useful if you want to illustrate a certain kind of thing,like on 'Robbery Assault And Battery' the solo on that is a chase sequence.It's supposed to be slightly insane. It's done in an insane rhythm, like23/8 which is intentionally all a bit stupid. I think the melody thingin Genesis is underplayed. All the songs are structured around the basicmelodies. We spend an awful long time on them. I think we're extremelydifferent from ELP who're a group I don't like very much. I always admiredKeith Emerson when he was with the Nice, but now it's very soul-less music.I find their music incredibly hard to follow. I've never been very impressedby fast playing. Tony Banks

 I won't go away and cry if I read a review that's bad, butI listen to it. I'll listen to the criticism because I'm pretty highlycritical of the band anyway.-Steve Hackett

 I want to change the band. I think the band should keep changingjust for it's own good. If it really did appear like concrete then... Ido tend to feel the band has changed and progressed and done certain thingsit wouldn't have conceived doing a few years ago. I would like to see theband working with other musicians as individuals and corporately becauseI do feel that's really where it starts to happen or else it becomes insularto the point of being incestuous. That's what I worry about.-Steve Hackett

 Our public school background is probably why the blues influencein Genesis has never really been that strong. It's never been my kind ofmusic at all. Even during the blues boom there was very little of it Iliked.- Tony Banks

 I would like to think we are probably now as big as any otherband in Britain. In America we can't compete with the heavies but we'regetting there. It's always been a long, slow methodical progress.-SteveHackett

 No sooner are we out of debt than there's a tax problem. There'sno in between, so in effect we'll only be as well off as we were threeyears ago, earning ninety quid or something.-Phil Collins