Tuesday, September 26, 2006

By Popular Request (So If It's Shit, Don't Blame Me) - The Moment Bands Decided On Their Definitive Names: Number 2 - Genesis



EXT. A PUNT. A SOUTHERN ENGLISH RIVER.

GABRIEL: Pass the cucumber sandwiches, old chap.

BANKS: Peter, old chap. I was lying in bed last night, fully awake. Desperately trying to think of a name for the band...

GABRIEL: Oh, fiddle de dee. I've dropped my crust in the water.

BANKS: 'There's Always Been Ethel' just sounds a trifle too wordy, Peter. Besides, people may confuse us with The Enid.

GABRIEL: I don't see why. Enid and Ethel are completely different names. I should know. My nanny was called Ethel. And I had an Aunt Edith.

BANKS: I think we need a one-word name. Something easily remembered.

GABRIEL: 'Ethel', then.

BANKS: But then people would confuse us even more with The Enid. And they might start calling us 'The Ethel', Peter.

GABRIEL: Oh, fiddle de di, Tony. What in heaven's name are we to call ourselves?

BANKS: That's it, Peter! You've got it! What in heaven's name!

GABRIEL: 'What In Heaven's Name'? Sounds like we don't know ourselves, old chap.

BANKS: No. Something Biblical. A new beginning. From out of nowhere. A new kind of music. Rock but not as we know it. The birth of a new...

BANKS/GABRIEL: GENESIS!

GABRIEL: By jove, I think we've got it! I can see us now! Thousands of teenage A-level students watching us give the show of a lifetime! Costume changes galore! Lights, greasepaint and honest sweat! A theatrical and musical tour-de-force! Teenage boys singing about being lawnmowers!

BANKS: I'd sit down if I were you, old chap. Low bridge ahead.

9 comments:

  1. Interesting that you posted this around one o'clock, Geoff.

    It's one o'clock and time for lunch

    When the sun beats down and I lie on the bench

    I can always hear them talk.

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  2. Me, I'm just a lawnmower

    You can tell me by the way I walk.

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  3. I know what I like, and I like what I know...

    And it's not fucking Genesis.

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  4. You are so funny Geoff. I loved this. It has cheered me!

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  5. Hello Molly!

    Blogging is the best form of lunchtime socialising, isn't it?

    Looking forward to you getting your computer.

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  6. Few songs have ever touched me as much as the melodramatic haunting message of Blood on the Rooftops from Wind and Wuthering.
    I did a post on it when Israel rolled into Lebanon.

    The sell-out Genesis of the 80s cannot untie my connection to this band. Like it or not old Phil can pull a hook out of his ass at will and Rutherford's Silent Running is hard wired in my psyche.

    Nevertheless I still like to crank up Wot Gorilla in the morning to start my day.

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  7. We'll agree to disagree, HE.

    Collins' Genesis were the 2nd worst live band I ever saw (1st were Triumph, 3rd were REM).

    If I'd had a rifle that night, I'd be in prison now.

    Yes - good

    Pink Floyd - good

    Genesis - not good

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  8. The mistake they made was not changing their name after Gabriel and the others left to 'Exodus'. Missed a trick there, lads.

    Invisible Touch is still a great album. Fingers in ears. Lalalalalala.

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  9. I thought I heard some King Crimson on The Royal the other night.

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