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by Justin Farrar

July 10, 2014

Genesis' Long Reach

by Justin Farrar  |  July 10, 2014

Few classic-rock groups have spawned as many successful side projects and solo careers as the one and only Genesis. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend ... none of them has ever experienced success on his own equal to that of Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins. It can even be argued that in terms of popularity and profile the pair actually managed to eclipse the group that spawned them. Further solidifying their towering legacies as solo artists are the myriad guest appearances and cameos each one has racked up over the years. Both Collins and Gabriel love collaboration. While the former's masterful drumming and percussion has appeared on albums from Brian Eno, Eric Clapton and John Martyn, Gabriel's love for world music and avant-garde pop has led him into unique working relationships with the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Laurie Anderson and Joni Mitchell.

But let's not overlook Genesis' other members, all of whom are no strangers to success. Keyboardist Tony Banks and bass player Mike Rutherford topped the charts thanks to their still-active outfit Mike + the Mechanics, who unleashed a string of inescapable radio hits in the late '80s. Rutherford also struck gold as a member of Red 7, whose tune "Heartbeat" became an '80s standard thanks to being spotlighted in both Miami Vice and director Michael Mann's cult favorite, Manhunter. As for Steve Hackett (whose critically acclaimed Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall just came out), the former guitarist is the most low-key member of Genesis. Ultimately, he's too exploratory to be churning out platinum albums. That said, he certainly has amassed his fair share of chart action. Through the decades Hackett has released a slew of excellent full-lengths, including Voyage of the Acolyte, Spectral Mornings and Cured, all of which have earned him a sizeable fan base. To fully appreciate the long reach of Genesis, check out this playlist.

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