TotW 03/25/2019 - 03/31/2019: GENESIS - Your Own Special Way

  • What do you think about "Your Own Special Way"? 13

    1. 13 points - very good - (3) 23%
    2. 11 points - good (3) 23%
    3. 12 points - good + (1) 8%
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    GENESIS - Your Own Special Way
    Year: 1976
    Album: Wind & Wuthering [review]
    Working title: unknown
    Credits: Rutherford
    Lyrics: Yes
    Length: 06:18
    Musicians: Banks, Collins, Hackett, Rutherford
    Played Live: 1977, 1986
    Cover versions: Steve Hackett, John Wetton

    Notes: Rutherford created the band's first real love song. But of course they could not do it in four minutes, and the verses had to have an odd time signature. Interestingly, Wind & Wuthering also has a love song penned by Tony Banks, Afterglow. His song has an end of the world feel as opposed to Rutherford's romantic declaration of love.


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    ...cried a voice in the crowd.


  • While some fans seem bothered by it, I embrace uncharacteristic moments of sweetness on progressive rock albums.


    Songs like Harlequin, and particularly More Fool Me and Your Own Special Way tend to be lightning rods for criticism, but to me they are part of the tapestry that made Nursery Cryme, SEBTP and W&W (my three favourite Genesis albums) so great.

  • While some fans seem bothered by it, I embrace uncharacteristic moments of sweetness on progressive rock albums.


    Songs like Harlequin, and particularly More Fool Me and Your Own Special Way tend to be lightning rods for criticism, but to me they are part of the tapestry that made Nursery Cryme, SEBTP and W&W (my three favourite Genesis albums) so great.

    I'm glad you made this post first; I was going to do the same, but I didn't have time until now.

    You are a person after my own heart because NC, SEBTP, and W&W are my favorite Genesis albums (esp. pre-trio - if we're considering all eras, I'd probably have to put Duke in this group too.)


    I also like this song a lot. It's not an all-time favorite of mine, and yet I think it fits very well on the album. The one thing that does bother me about it is the transition from the verses to the chorus. The first verse is lovely - very classical sounding; however, the chorus switches to this country-type sound. I don't know if Mike or Steve plays that twangy bit on guitar in it - I just know that, to my ears anyway, it just doesn't sound right. The next verse and chorus has the same transition but it doesn't sound quite as harsh (probably because I know it's coming).


    It's a pretty song. A song of this sort was coming on a Genesis album. Even though it didn't make ATOTT, recording "It's Yourself" signaled that they were willing to write songs of this ilk. This continued impetus, of course, led to a song like "Follow You, Follow Me" making it onto their next album.

    Stepping out the back way, hoping nobody sees...

  • While some fans seem bothered by it, I embrace uncharacteristic moments of sweetness on progressive rock albums.


    Songs like Harlequin, and particularly More Fool Me and Your Own Special Way tend to be lightning rods for criticism, but to me they are part of the tapestry that made Nursery Cryme, SEBTP and W&W (my three favourite Genesis albums) so great.

    I agree with the general sentiment of this. Harlequin and MFM are great songs, I like them a lot. But I'm less keen on YOSW. It's quite nice but doesn't do enough to earn the same affection from me as those other two. It might also be affected by it being on an album that is among my least favourite of theirs, as though my general lack of interest in W&W sort of leeches into this song. It follows directly on from two songs I really don't like so by that point I want something to really lift things, and this isn't it. ('Side 1' of W&W is a complete wash-out for me).


    Oddly, I found I quite liked it when I watched the single version being performed on that US chat show. Somehow, it made more sense seeing it that way.

    Abandon all reason

  • It's a bit sappy, but then that was the general direction (coughoneforthevine+allfollowingalbumscough). The soft instrumental bridge is a highlight - a dreamy er... musical box that lifts the whole thing up several levels for me.


    Having said that, I can't really be critical - I've loved W&W as a whole for too long, warts and all.


    (I even like Hackett's version!)


    (12)

  • It's a bit sappy, but then that was the general direction (coughoneforthevine+allfollowingalbumscough).

    I agree about OFTV and yes ATTWT is a bit mired in sappiness bar 2 or 3 tracks but not ALL albums - they steered themselves out of the swamp of tweeness from Duke onwards.

    Abandon all reason

  • To my ears, YOSW nicely fits the mood of an album that I find quite evocative overall.


    Trivia: It's the very last Genesis song alphabetically!

    "I don't belong here," said old Tessa out loud...

  • Trivia: It's the very last Genesis song alphabetically!

    I love stuff like this.


    I'm guessing Abacab is first. Unless there's some obscure track called Aardvark or Aaaaaah! (Did Banks miss a trick there? All In An Aardvark's Night?)

    Abandon all reason

  • Is this song really about a sailor falling in love with Myrtle the mermaid?


    Personally, I think they did much better love songs than this. And the keyboard solo in the middle does absolutely nothing for me.

  • Even worse. In the liner notes, Hackett seems to take a sideways swipe at the band he left, describing such music as "permissive" as opposed to being "progressive" and then he heaps this steaming pile of dung on the listener. It sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb on the record as the rest of Genesis Revisited is pretty darn good in my opinion.

  • 11 points. It's an interesting transformation of this song. Time signatures obviously changed. I also like Paul's voice on that one. This is of course not Prog, bit it's a decent pop song. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Probably the best Mike & the Mechanics song I've heard :P


    As in the original, the bridge in a different key (and Steve's beautiful solo) opens a window out to different vistas and makes the song in the process.


    Not my favourite track on GR, but quite nice in its own, late nite at the school dance, special way (sorry).