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    GENESIS - Happy the man
    Year: 1972
    Album: non-album track; re-released e.g. on Genesis Archive 1967-1975
    Working title: unknown
    Credits: Genesis
    Lyrics: Yes
    Length: 2:54 (7" UK 1972), 2:48 (7" Italian 1972), 3:10 (Nick Davis Remix 2008)
    Musicians: Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins
    Played Live: 1970 (?) - 1972
    Cover versions: none

    Notes: The Genesis discography has a number of non-album tracks, but there are just two songs that only appeared as the A-side of a 7" single: The second Decca single A Winter's Tale (1968) and the rather hard to find Happy The Man.
    The former has been published again and again as a bonus track of a repackaged debut album, but the latter became a rarity. The single was released only in the UK and Italy and in different mixed to boot. The Italian mix does not have the "aaaah" vocals in the introduction. Nick Davis's 2008 mix (in the bonus CD of the 1970-1975 box set) sounds different again: There is no fade-in, but there is a flute that was found on the multi-track tapes but ignored on the original mix.
    The UK mix first appeared on CD in the Famous Charisma Box and was included in the Archive 1967-1975 set five years later, the Italian single mix has been re-published only once, on an Italian LP compilation to celebrate five years of Charisma label 1974).
    Happy The Man was recorded in 1971 during the Nursery Cryme sessions, as evidenced by the label note "Producer: John Anthony" - for Foxtrot, which came out four months later, was already produced by David Hitchcock. The single was backed with a Nursery Cryme song, Seven Stones.
    It has never been explained why Happy The Man did not end up on the album. It may have been held back especially for the later single release, for it appears frequently on the live set lists from the time. In 1971/2 it is said to have been the opening song, so it may have been a favourite of the band's .


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    TONY BANKS & ANDY TAYLOR - Still It Takes Me By Surprise
    Year: 1991
    Album: Still
    Working title: unknown
    Credits: Banks
    Lyrics: Yes
    Length: 6:27
    Musicians: Tony Banks, Andy Taylor, Daryl Stuermer, Pino Palladino
    Played Live: never
    Cover versions: none

    Tony Banks's solo album Still was overshadowed (again) by the almost simultaneous release of Genesis's We Can't Dance. Banks moved closer to the mainstream in Still without hiding his roots. Pop hits with musical guests such as Fish and Nick Kershaw are interspersed with typical Banks songs that have a certain Genesis touch. Still It Takes Me By Surprise belongs in the second category. In its way it resembles songs such as The Cinema Show, Ripples and Home By The Sea...


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    GENESIS - I Can't Dance
    Year: 1991
    Album: We Can't Dance [review]
    Working title: Blue Jeans / Heavy A Flat
    Credits: Banks, Collins, Rutherford
    Lyrics: Yes
    Length: 4:01
    Musicians: Banks, Collins, Rutherford
    Played Live: 1992, 1998, 2000, 2007
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    Cover versions: none

    Notes: The title song (well almost) of Genesis' last album with Phil Collins is the odd one out on the record. As if the band had remembered what made the Abacab album unique, they have riffs, tinkle around on the keyboards and sing completely different from the way they sing on the rest of the album. Then they went on to create a hilarious video for the song. The concept worked, and I Can't Dance became the second world-wide hit single from the album. Genesis were suddenly "cool" with the youth, and the song spawned very different but very strong opinions in the fans. Even here, 28 years later. Or does it?

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    Here we go again! After a brief hiatus the Track Of The Week spreads its wings again and rises majestically and, we hope, with more success than Icarus.


    All Tracks Of The Week of 2019:


    0018 - 01/14/2019 Steve Hackett - Icarus Ascending

    0019 - 01/21/2019 Genesis - I Can't Dance

    0020 - 01/28/2019 Peter Gabriel - Humdrum

    0021 - 02/04/2019 Tony Banks - Still It Takes Me By Surprise

    0022 - 02/11/2019 Genesis - Happy The Man

    0023 - 02/18/2019 Phil Collins - We Fly So Close

    0024 - 02/25/2019 Anthony Phillips - Which Way The Wind Blows

    0025 - 03/04/2019 Genesis - Silver Rainbow

    0026 - 03/11/2019 Peter Gabriel - Red Rain

    0027 - 03/18/2019 Steve Hackett - The Steppes

    0028 - 03/25/2019 Genesis - Your Own Special Way

    0029 - 04/01/2019 Phil Collins - Like China

    0030 - 06/17/2019 Mike + The Mechanics - One Way

    0031 - 06/24/2019 Genesis - Tonight Tonight Tonight

    STEVE HACKETT - Icarus Ascending
    Year: 1978
    Album: Please Don't Touch
    Working title: unknown
    Credits: Hackett
    Lyrics: Yes
    Length: 06:26
    Musicians: Steve Hackett, Richie Havens, Chester Thompson, John Hackett, John Acock, Tom Fowler, Dave Lebolt, Graham Smith, Dan Owen, Dale Newman
    Played Live: 1978
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    Cover versions: none

    Notes: The final track of Steve Hackett's second solo album Please Don't Touch is one of two songs Steve asked Woodstock legend Richie Havens to sing on. They met when Havens was the support act for Genesis at Earl's Court Arena, London, in 1977.

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    BRAND X - ...And So To F

    Year: 1980

    Album: Product [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Collins, Lumley, Jones

    Lyrics: None

    Length: 06:28

    Musicians: Percy Jones, Phil Collins, Robin Lumley, John Godsall, John Giblin

    Played Live: 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985

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    Cover versions: none


    Notes: Collins's soft spot for fusion music was channelled in Brand X. The fusion band existed with Collins in it until 1982. ...And So To F is one of their most popular tracks, and Collins would play it on his first two solo tours.




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    GENESIS - Fading Lights

    Year: 1991

    Album: We Can't Dance [album review]

    Working title: Nile

    Credits: Banks, Collins, Rutherford

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 10:27

    Musicians: Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford

    Played Live: 1992

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    Cover versions: none


    Notes: Fading Lights is not merely a thoughtful look back across a long and successful career, it is also a declaration of love for progressive rock. Fading Lights makes the impossible possible and spans an arch from the early 70s to We Can't Dance. The instrumental middle part is excellent, and even dyed-in-the-wool prog fans who usually avoid the Collins era find something attractive in this song. Plus, there is something prophetic to Fading Lights as Tony Banks may have been writing about the end of Genesis.




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    MIKE + THE MECHANICS - The Letter

    Year: 2017

    Album: Let Me Fly [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Clark Datchler, Patrick Mascall, Andrew Roachford, Mike Rutherford, Mark Taylor

    Lyrics: .

    Length: 4:55

    Musicians: (tba)

    Played Live: never

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    Cover versions: none


    Notes: Six years almost to the day passed before Mike Rutherford brought out the successor to The Road. Let Me Fly is the second album of the new-formed Mechanics with new singers Tim Howar and Andrew Roachford. We have picked the first song of the album as the Track Of The Week. Regardless of what you think about The Letter, it is a good start into the album.

    In his review of the album Christian ventures to state that The Letter may be the best song on the album. Is it, or is ist just a rehash of old Mechanics sounds and recycled ideas from Silent Running?



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    PETER GABRIEL - Mercy Street

    Year: 1986

    Album: So [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Gabriel, Anderson

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 06:22

    Musicians: (tba)

    Played Live: 1986, 1987, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011

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    Cover versions: none


    Notes: So made Peter Gabriel the same kind of rockstar as his former band and Phil Collins - he had worldwide success. He wrote Mercy Street with Laurie Anderson. This song had a long evolutions behind it - one of its earliest incarnations was the B-side Don't Break This Rhythm - and Gabriel would happily explain the inspiration for this song live. Mercy Street has never been a single, but it is a Gabriel classic.



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    Free trade agreements are linked to EU membership. So is free movement of persons, but the one does not depend from the other.

    As I see it, its not a case of dogma, but a case of two sets of rules all members of the EU have given themselves and have pledged to adhere to.They did so voluntarily and, I might add, unanimously.


    But I can see we are unlikely to find a common ground here, so I suggest we agree to disagree and leave it at that.

    Donald Trump wants to be America's dictator. He cares not one bit about our country, it's laws or its citizens. It's a scary reality, so hold on because we're in for a bumpy ride.

    A scary reality it is. What scared me even more was how similar the early presidency of that man was to the (fictional) events portrayed in Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here. He wrote that in 1935, by the way. I'm not saying that Trump is like the dictator Lewis used as a blueprint for his novel, but as I said, the story told in the book screamed "Trump/Bannon" to me.


    Remove the lie that is the free movement of people. If it's free, how come the movement is all one way, East to West?

    The fact that more people move from A to B than from B to A does not prove that free movement is a lie.

    I can't buy an Audi without allowing a German to move here? Really? Does that make ANY sense?

    It doesn't make sense because it is wrong. You can buy an Audi without allowing a German to move to the UK. There is no law as to that. With the UK outside the EU and the common market it will simply become more expensive as tariffs will be raised on that. Well, at least you are allowed to buy an Audi; I don't know whether you can (no offence intended).


    I don't think he will be impeached. The people who support and finance him are very rich and very powerful, and all representatives and all senators, especially the Republican ones, will come under tremendous pressure to support than man. With all the loosening of regulations those people might not even have to risk any money for this, they could just play havoc with the financial markets or the energy sector (which might even turn out to be profitable for them).


    A bleak view? Yes.


    But four years ago I would not have believed that the people of the US would willingly give the White House to such a man.

    And I would not have believed that the UK would voluntarily leave the EU.

    My guess is that that trump person will be re-elected. He is good at what he does, though whether what he does is good for his country or for peace in the world may be something else entirely.


    Re guns:

    It is difficult to change the constitution of a country, and it is a good thing that it is difficult. The constitution usually contains the fundamental laws and rules and ideas which are to govern the co-existence of all the people in a country. Changing that means admitting that society is fundamentally at odds with the basic law, and that that basic law has become outdated or wrong somehow.


    In other words, changing the constitution of a country means that society has changed in such a way that the constitution as it is cannot fulfill its purpose, i.e. "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity".


    The right to possess and bear arms is a constitutional right in the USA, that much is true. It was necessary to set up a militia in the infancy of the USA so that this new country could defend its independence, I gather. But is it still "necessary to the security of a free state", as the second amendment puts it? Or does it, perhaps, cause more problems than it solves today?


    Not being a citizen of the USA, it is not for me to say.

    GENESIS - The Lamia

    Year: 1974

    Album: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 6:58

    Musicians: Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford

    Played Live: 1974/1975

    mp3 downloads:

    Cover versions: none


    Notes: Prising invididual songs out of this concept album is still a tricky job. It works well with the title song or The Carpet Crawlers, but also with The Lamia. The latter was very important in their stage show. The Lamia also indicates how good Genesis are in setting the perfect stage for a song.



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    RAY WILSON & STILTSKIN - Constantly Reminded

    Year: 2006

    Album: SHE [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Wilson, Metzler

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 05:17

    Musicians: Ray Wilson, Nir Z., Uwe Metzler, Irvin Duguid

    Played Live: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

    mp3 downloads:

    Cover versions: none


    Notes: Ray's 2006 comeback with Stiltskin, SHE, was most of all, extremely underrated. When we interviewed Nir Z in 2006 he said: "I can tell you that all the people who are involved with my studio were shocked to know that this guy doesn’t have a major record deal when they’ve heard the tracks for the record... It's pathetic."




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    PHIL COLLINS - Take Me Home

    Year: 1985

    Album: No Jacket Required [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Collins

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 05:53

    Musicians: Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer, Sting, Peter Gabriel

    Played Live: 1985, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016

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    Cover versions: none


    Notes: There is hardly a song Phil Collins has played more often than Take Me Home. Since its release in 1985 it has been played as the closing song at almost all of Collins's live shows. Genesis fans may be interested to know that the backing vocals were sung by Peter Gabriel.



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    GENESIS - Stagnation

    Year: 1970

    Album: Trespass [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Banks, Gabriel, Phillips. Rutherford

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 8:46

    Musicians: Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, John Mayhew

    Played Live: 1970, 1971, 1972

    mp3 downloads:

    Cover versions: none


    Notes: The early period of the band had a number of outstanding tracks that made the band popular - especially when they were played live. Some of those songs, e.g. The Light, have never been released officially. Others ended up on Trespass or Nursery Cryme. Stagnation is perhaps the blueprint for the progressive phase of Genesis.




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    Monday sodding morning shuffle:


    Paul Simon, Graceland

    REM, Orange Crush

    Nick d'Virgilio, The Light Dies Down On Broadway

    Anne Clark, Seize The Vivid Sky

    Severa, Kuigai

    Anon, Pennsylvania Flickhouse

    Alphaville, Forever Young

    Beach Boys, Surfin' USA

    Faithless, God Is A DJ

    Roxette, Crash!Boom!Bang!


    bonus track:

    A House Somewhere (episode of a BBC radio programme focusing on Chris Stewart)