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    GENESIS - The Fountain Of Salmacis

    Year: 1971

    Album: Nursery Cryme [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 8:02

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

    Played Live: 1971, 1972, 1978

    mp3 downloads: iTunes

    Cover versions: none

    Notes: A number of songs that are longer than seven minutes are the founding blocks for the cult of "early Genesis". Stagnation and The Knife certainly were cornerstones, but it was mainly the songs from Nursery Cryme that triggered the fan cult of the Progressive Years. This is particularly true for The Musical Box and our current Track Of The week, The Fountain Of Salmacis.

    We invite you to share interesting facts and tidbits about this track. Let's look at the track in the context of the band's / the artist's history, at the music, the songwriting and all other aspects that are relevant for this track. Please do stick to the discussion of the track above. Comparisons to other tracks are okay, but remember that the other track you may be keen to talk about has or will have its own Track Of The Week thread.

    If you spot a mistake or if you can close a gap in the fact sheet above please feel free to contact martinus or Christian about it; we will gladly add and improve!

    Oy, you better leave the rule-making to the efficient humourless Germans here! X(^^

    Waterloo Sunset - Peter Gabriel or The Kinks

    Through necessity ie work demands it, or your body just naturally catapaults you out of bed at that time? How early is early?

    Early means 5.30am. No, work does not demand it, neither does my body catapult me out of bed (though we have a 2'8" catapult of the offspring persuasion capable of emitting noises in the 100dB+ range in our house that makes us get up pretty dang fast ... and that may be well before 5.30!)

    I work flexible hours, so the earlier I get to work in the morning the earlier I can clock off in the afternoon and spend time with my dear "catapult".

    FWIW, I didn't take your bacon post as hectoring and what have you. Others feel strongly about wine or bread or cheese, you know what you like in your pan and I'm absolutely fine with that! (plus... The Highlands... I'd love to go there again some time, bacon or no bacon ;-) )

    Umh... I always assumed that there is such a thing as generic British breakfast bacon... And what on earth is "griddled" (one search engine request later - I see).

    Anyway, breakfast this morning for me was a cappuccino with extra milk foam. I get up way too early for my stomach to accept solid food, so this is a kind of compromise.

    If it's English breakfast sausages and bacon you're asking about, it's gotta be


    "It is by eating sandwiches ... that the British seek to atone for whatever their national sins have been. They're not altogether clear what those sins are, and don't want to know either. ... But whatever sins they are are amply atoned for by the sandwiches they make themselves eat. ... The sausages are for the ones who know what their sins are and wish to atone for something specific." (Douglas Adams)

    Lord Of The Rings or Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy ?

    Bloody hell. Seeing just one of those can be quite brutal and draining. All three??? You're braver than me! I always try to see 4.48 Psychosis when I can, it's such a good demonstration of how different companies handle the same piece, especially in this case given the free-form text. I've seen it 4 or 5 times and the best one was a student group, all dressed in surgical gowns in a highly choreographed production, at the Edinburgh Fringe a few years ago. This was a year after seeing a professional production at the Barbican in London which was inferior.

    Cleansed was indeed brutal - about a third to half of the audience left during or right after the performance, disgusted with what they saw. It was the play I liked least of the three. Cruelties aside, I found it hard to find out what exactly was going on in the play. There are very few clues in the text that give you an idea of where whatever is happening there is supposed to be happening or for what reason. In the end I sort of decided for myself that it is about the general possibility or tendency of people to manipulate other people using or abusing love as a tool. It was the least satisfying of the three.

    Crave was the one I was looking forward to. I found the idea intriguing: Four people, no, four voices. They talk, and you don't know whether they are talking to you, to themselves, to each other, to no-one in particular, you don't know whether these voices know each other... How can you stage a text like that without boring the audience stiff? At the Kammerspiele Munich they played it like a piece of music. The voices mix, blend into each other, fade out, fade in, interrupt. If I taught acting, I'd set this play as an exam for my students. It requires perfect timing. The performance was a treat.

    4.48 Psychosis had only two actors (Sandra Hüller and Thomas Schmauser) in evening dress who spoke the text. Very clear, very distinct voices. They were accompanied by a string quartet who occasionally played a bit of calm and slow music and underlined that this text, too, had a musical quality.

    Re: Shakespeare, my favourite is Julius Caesar. Can't stand Titus Andronicus, that's splatter-Shakespeare. Yes, I know he very probably write that first play of his like that to out-do the competition, but it should neither be a revelation nor a genesis (groan) that first attempts are not always successful.

    King John is extremely funny in places. Imagine the scene: A town with high walls and closed gates. Outside, the English king and his army demand entrance "because he is the lawful king". Enter the French king and his army, also demanding entrance because "he has the lawful king with him". What do the citizens do? They tell both kings to battle it out. When that idea threatens to turn both armies against the town the citizens suggest that the one king's daughter could marry the other king's son and everything would be fine ...

    Anyway, I haven't seen a play for quite a while. The last one was an emotionally exhausting, but absolutely brilliant performance of three plays by Sarah Kane in a row (Cleansed, Crave, 4.48 Psychosis). I used to try and go at least once a month, but life interferes.

    Kill Bill 1

    (Though KB2 has that "zombie scene" in the diner that I love because it is so absurdly over the top).

    in-ear or on-ear headphones?

    They would bring their partners and later their families with them on tour. Yeah, Rock'n roll (but don't you dare wake up the) baby!

    I don't give a toss whether the guys are/were boring - they have made so much awesome and exciting music.