In the early 1970s, legendary prog-rock band Genesis were at perhaps the first pivotal moment in the band’s long and storied career.
The group — consisting at the time of core members vocalist Peter Gabriel, bassist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks — had hired a new drummer named Phil Collins in 1970 after placing an ad in Melody Maker. The band would also bring on guitarist Steve Hackett a year later.
But adding future rock stars didn’t guarantee immediate success. Genesis struggled to gain footing in their native UK and in 1971 played their first overseas gigs in Belgium. Around the same time, Genesis began work on their third studio album, Nursery Cryme, which came out in November 1971.
But the band’s penchant for experimentation didn’t sit well with UK crowds. Mainland Europe, however, was more receptive and the album did well in places like Italy where Genesis would subsequently tour to enthusiastic audiences. During the touring around Nursery Cryme, the band also returned to Belgium where they performed for a television program called Pop Shop on March 20, 1972.
For their Pop Shop performance, Genesis offered up three songs from Nursery Cryme, the experimental epics — at over eight minutes — "The Fountain Of Salmacis," "The Musical Box" and "The Return Of The Giant Hogweed." "Twilight Alehouse" — which would later appear as the B-side to the band’s first charting single, "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" — fit into the second slot in the band’s four-song set. Watch the entire performance below.
Setlist via Bruno S.
- The Fountain Of Salmacis
- Twilight Alehouse
- The Musical Box
- The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
Jambase, by Nate Todd