Sunday, August 17, 2008
Genesis: I Know What I Like in Your Wardrobe
OK so the first minute and a half are silly and pretentious, and the ending is not much better. But in between there is a great song.
And, yes, the long-haired drummer is Phil Collins.
Back in 1974 I was aged 14, and in those days Market Harborough was a town with no branch of W. H. Smith's, let alone a bookshop. Most of my culture came from the charts, but this was the era of glam rock and, though I followed those charts closely, I sensed even then that most of it was crap.
Suddenly there was a single that was different. "I Know What I Like in Your Wardrobe" told me that music could mean more than that.
Over the years, as Peter Gabriel left and Collins became the dominant influence, Genesis degenerated into a middle of the road band. (There is also an interesting social drama in there somewhere: Collins was originally the little man from the village who came to drum for his three Charterhouse-educated bandmates.)
But in their days of playing what Steve Winwood calls "twisted mushroom pixie rock", they really were something special.