I disagree with much of this. For one thing, “Rush” and “metal” in the same sentence is odd. Secondly, you’re characterizing me as seeing these bands through eyes I’m not seeing. I dont expect Genesis to behave a certain way. Actually I gave examples of different bands handling things differently? I’m merely stating that Genesis has an unusual history and I wish they had a more complete show where the prog era was concerned.
I will stick by my statement that they went pop. It’s a no-brainer. Invisible Touch, Thats All, Follow You, Hold on my Heart, In Too Deep, Tonight, Throwing it All Away, etc….did I miss something? Are those prog songs? I could go on and on listing pop tunes. Do I hate those songs? Nah. Are they pop? Uh, yeah….
If you listen to the interviews of the band on the reissues, they often times were very critical and negative toward the classics and most interviews from the guys are far more glowing and rosy where “the hits” are concerned.
It's not unheard of for some of Rush's output to be considered as having some elements of metal, especially their earlier years, but if you don't agree that's absolutely fair enough.
The reason I picked up on your reference to other bands was that it seemed you were making a comparison. You described Genesis's relationship to their proggier stuff and said it wasn't usually how it goes, and went on to list the different relationships to early material other bands have. I read that as a "so why didn't Genesis do that?" comparison. Apologies for having apparently misinterpreted you. In which case, you appear to be saying different bands do things differently, which was the point I made too, so we can agree there.
I suppose my main issue is your use of "they went pop" which you also applied to Yes. I find it too sweeping and doesn't accurately describe the much more nuanced real picture. You listed some songs and asked if they're pop. I don't tend to think about music in such b&w categories but hey, if you want to file those songs under "pop", I'm fine with that. What about the songs I listed, which you didn't mention - are they pop too?
One of the things I love about Genesis is their resistance to rigid categorisation. Looking at the spread of stuff they produced post-Duke, which is the usual milestone for the "goodbye prog, hello pop" claims, I simply don't accept it can all be swept into a box marked "they went pop".