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


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...


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.


  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.

  2. Me, I'm just a lawnmower

    You can tell me by the way I walk.

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

    And it's not fucking Genesis.

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

  5. Hello Molly!

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

    Looking forward to you getting your computer.

  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.

  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

  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.

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