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Album cover parody of abacab by Genesis
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Phil Collins With Genesis


Q: What do you call Phil Collins with dementia? A: Man of confusion!
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
In 2009, Hyundai introduced a car called the Genesis. Five years later, the front end left and was replaced by Phil Collins.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional Genesis music jokes available.

Band Name Origins:

  • Genesis originally came together as an acoustic quartet, who had intended to work as songwriters rather than work as a band. This explains why they had no name, no rhythm section and no live experience when they submitted their demo tape to Jonathan King in the hope of securing a publishing deal. It was King who developed the quartet into a proper band, got them signed to Decca Records and named them Genesis, according to his belief that he had "created" them. The name appeared on their first single which was released a year before "From Genesis To Revelation", however the band's name did not appear on the sleeve of their debut album, hence the misunderstanding that it was a gospel album. Submitted by: neptunevsmars
  • The members were from two different bands; Anon and Garden Wall. Their first album had no band name, because they hadn't settled on one. The album was called "From Genesis to Revelations" and got misplaced into the gospel section of many record stores. Johnathan King, who had signed the band, suggested shortening this and calling themselves "Genesis". Thus, their second album (the first to use their signiture sound. The first was a BeeGees pastiche geared toward getting a redording contract) was called Trespass and had the band listed as Genesis. Submitted by: Tim

Stupid Band Names:

  • Some people thought this would be a Christian band at the time, but they're a Progressive-Rock band formed by Peter Gabriel. Submitted by: Paul Warren

Former Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Phil Collins""Child Actor"He was acclaimed especially for his role in theatrical performances of "Oliver". When he was a teenager he made his major motion picture debut as simply a face in the crowd in the Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night". He also learned how to play several instruments. He played in numerous bands and he played "percussion" somewhere on George Harrison's triple album "All Things Shall Pass". After that he joined Genesis and kept on playing in side projects, his solo career and more - long before it became fashionable to do so. And you know the rest of the story... - I Love Sussudio

Better Off Solo?:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Mike Rutherford""Found side success in 1985 with Mike + the Mechanics, but in 1982, as a solo artist, released an album called 'Acting Very Strange' that produced a Top 40 hit in Canada called 'Maxine'" - whistledog
"Steve Hackett""The lead guitarist ("Nursery Crime" to "Seconds Out"). Hacket went on to make better Genesis albums than Genesis (Just compare "Duke" with "Spectral Mornings" and you'll smell what I'm cooking." - royal pfizbin
"Peter Gabriel""Peter's career wasn't really going all that well, commercially, until the release of his solo album 'So'. Genesis did better with Phil Collins, who has now also gone solo -- except Collins basically sold out." - Eric
"Peter Gabriel""The singer who left before Phil Collins got the gig. " - Michael E Cormier
"Phil Collins""He did pretty good for awhile after he left Genesis (better than they did without him). His last few albums are pretty bad though." - ChuckyG

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"It's A Shame"In the lyrics, Phil Collins always inserts the word "just" into the title. In other words, you hear "It's JUST a shame," not "It's a shame." - Jonathan S.
"Man On The Corner"Phil Collins inserts the word "there" into the title. Instead of "Man ON the corner" he says "Man THERE on the corner." - Isac
"Squonk""At least the word is defined on the album lyric's sheet, but it still sounds like a working title that the band just could not be bothered to ramp-up." - princejellyfish
"Firth of Fifth"I would still like to know whet that means, because they don't even mention it on this song. - Paul Warren

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Mega DriveTo be in line with what Sega did, mostly.Maryellen Larkin
Genes IsIf only there was a Space Change for band namesIsac
LeviticusTheir name could also be Exodus or Deuteronomy...Rachel
ExodusThey basically exited from the public eye.Tejayes

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"One For The Vinyl""One For The Vine"Regina Haniger
"In B*lls Deep""In Too Deep"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"I Threw-Up My Lunch""Invisible Touch"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Invisible Bunch""Invisible Touch"Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Inaudible Taste""Invisible Touch"Regina Haniger

There are additional Genesis new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"No Reply At All,"Replies exist.Lance Crackers
"Follow You, Follow Me,"Only one of you can follow--the other has to lead!Nickster
"Living Forever,"No living things die sooner or later.Yvette Bristle
"Selling England by the Pound,"England is a country, not merchandiseSusanna Viljanen
"Battle of Epping Forest,"There has never been a battle with that nameSusanna Viljanen

There are additional Genesis literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Weapon Of Choice," Fatboy Slim"The Knife (Part One)," Genesis
"Hanging On The Telephone," Blondie"No Reply At All," Genesis
"Let's Go Dancin'," Kool & The Gang"I Can't Dance," Genesis
"Come Dancing," The Kinks"I Can't Dance," Genesis
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Musical Ox" originally "Musical Box"
Paige Evans
"Musical Bo" originally "Musical Box"
Paige Evans
"Behind The Lies" originally "Behind The Lines"
Candy Welty
"Hat's All!" originally "That's All!"
Candy Welty
"I" originally "It"
Candy Welty

There are additional Genesis song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Eland Of Confusion" originally "Land Of Confusion"
Eland is a variety of antelope found in Africa.
"Behind The Liners" originally "Behind The Lines"
Candy Welty
"Paperlatte" originally "Paperlate"
"Main On The Corner" originally "Man On The Corner"
as in a water main
"The Lamb Lives Down On Broadway" originally "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway"

There are additional Genesis song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"No Repay At All" originally "No Reply At All"
Ruby Gillespie
"Hose By The Sea" originally "Home By The Sea"
Jessica Childress
"Behind The Lanes" originally "Behind The Lines"
Candy Welty
"Behind The Limes" originally "Behind The Lines"
Candy Welty
"Behind The Fines" originally "Behind The Lines"
Candy Welty

There are additional Genesis song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Illegal Alien""Werewolf Transylvanian"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Invisible Touch""Cylindrical Trash Can"Ethan Mawyer
"That's All""Ball Pit"Darius Whitehead
"Land of Confusion""Land of Corona"Darius Whitehead
"Illegal Alien""Illegal Immigrants"Jeff in Richmond VA
"Misunderstanding""Zero's a Big Nothing"Darius Whitehead
"Abacab""Aquaman"Scotty Dangerously
"I Can't Dance""Arkham Asylum Blues by Oswald Cobblepot"Scotty Dangerously
"Dodo/Lurker""Cobblepot Vs. Galavan"Scotty Dangerously
"Keep It Dark""Off to Save My Mom by Oswald Cobblepot"Scotty Dangerously

There are additional Genesis song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Follow You Follow MeSocial MediaJordan Alexander
I Can't DanceDancing With The StarsEdward
The Last DominoDomino's Pizza chainpickle
Am I Very Wrong?Barclays call centrespickle
No Reply At AllW H Smith's (department store)Pickle
There are additional Genesis commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
The Lady LiesHillary Clinton’s phoneJake
Land Of ConfusionDonald Trump's answering machineIan
Get 'Em Out by FridayDepartment of Housing and Urban DevelopmentEvan
In HidingJeremy Hunt's answering machinepickle
PigeonsTommy Saxondale's answering machine ('Saxondale')pickle
There are additional Genesis on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Don't Ask Me Why
   Billy Joel
I Can't Dance
Don't Ask Me Why I Can't Dance
Nobody's Home
   Clint Black
Home By The Sea
Nobody's Home By The Sea
I Feel Like Going Home
   Muddy Waters
Home By The Sea
I Feel Like Going Home By The Sea
Love Will Lead You Back
   Taylor Dayne
Home By The Sea
Love Will Lead You Back Home By The Sea
Scotty Dangerously
There are additional Genesis duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

The Pointer Genesisters
The Pointer Sisters combined with Genesis
Submitted By: Sutch
The Alan Parsons Genesis Project
The Alan Parsons Project combined with Genesis
The ultimate progressive/art rock band.
Submitted By: raddog20002002
Starship Genesis
Starship combined with Genesis
I just thought it sounded cool.
Submitted By: Raphael
Genesis combined with The Opposites
the first and last books of the Bible
Submitted By: Gary Albright

There are additional Genesis Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"No Reply At All"
Misheard Lyrics:
I'm on my duff
With all the excess zeal
Original Lyrics:
I'm on my guard
With all the exits sealed
Misheard Lyrics:
Like it sold for rent
Original Lyrics:
Like a soldier ant
Misheard Lyrics:
Under the killer, behind the dork
Original Lyrics:
Under the pillow, behind the door
"I Know What I Like (in Your Wardrobe)"
Misheard Lyrics:
There's always been ethyl
Original Lyrics:
There's always been Ethel
There are additional Genesis misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

Misheard Lyrics:
Like it sold for rent
Original Lyrics:
Like a soldier ant

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

I thought it WAS sold for rent!

There are additional Genesis misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Invisible Touch"
Better Lyrics:
He don't like losing, to him war's still a game
And though he will further cause strife,
Rebels want him in Ukraine, and now I know
He has immense popularity
Just took Crimea with ease
And now it seems they're callin', callin' for him

He seems to pack an incredible punch, yeah
He steps right in, and tears a nation apart
He seems to pack an incredible punch, yeah
He takes control and gambles West is not smart

He seems to pack an incredible punch
Original Lyrics:
She don't like losing, to her it's still a game
And though she will mess up your life,
You still want her just the same, and now I know
She has a built in ability
To take everything she sees
And now it seems I've fallen, fallen for her

She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah
She reaches in, and grabs right hold of your heart
She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah
It takes control and slowly tears you apart

She seems to have an invisible touch
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"Land of Confusion "
Better Lyrics:
There's too many troops
Too many Russians
Making too many problems
And not much peace to be found
West can see
Ukraine's a land of intrusion

This is the land they live in
And Putin's not forgiven
East Ukraine Is worth fighting
To stop further Russian aggression
Original Lyrics:
There's too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.
"That's All"
Better Lyrics:
Living with you is just putting me "Chewie All The Time"
Original Lyrics:
Living with you is just putting me through it all of the time
Submitted by: Mike Hack
There are additional Genesis parody fragments available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Supper's Ready"
The Funny Lyrics:
I know a fireman who looks after the fire.
Why They're Funny:
Just a really, really funny line from a really awesome song...
Submitted by: Jj Mcblaze

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Invisible Touch"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
She seems to have that
Invisible touch
She reaches in and
Grabs right hold of your heart
She seems to have that
Invisible touch
She reaches in and
slowly tears you apart
Why They're Repetitive:
This is basically the entire chorus and it's not a very good chorus.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Who Dunnit?"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
We know...(100x)
Why They're Repetitive:
Repetetive but funny. Rockin' on the field line.
Submitted by: Mike Hack
There are additional Genesis repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Visions of Angels"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Standing in a forest gazing at the sun
looking at the trees but there's not even one
Why They're Nonsensical:
If he's gazing at the sun how is he also looking at the trees? And if there isn't even one tree, what exactly is he looking at? And what the hell kind of forest doesn't have any trees?
Submitted by: Simon Perrins

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"No Reply at All"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
Too stubborn to say, the buck stops here!
It's not the one you're looking for
Why They're Inappropriate:
"Buck" is slang for the American dollar. Genesis are British and the UK uses the pound.
Submitted by: Double Velvet Cluster

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Counting Out Time"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Erogenous zones, I love you Without you, what would a poor boy do?
Why They're Dirty:
Well, this is about a guy doing it for the first time with a girl...and he learns to score her by reading a frickin' book about erogenous zones. Just think about it!
Submitted by: Melissa
"No Reply"
The Dirty Lyrics:
I've been trying but we cannot connect
Why They're Dirty:
Is she not home when you call her up or are you trying to have sex with her but for some reason you can't?
Submitted by: Pac-Punk
There are additional Genesis dirty lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Supper's Ready"
The Lyrics:
There's Winston Churchill dressed in drag, he used to be a British Flag, plastic bag!
Who They Mention:
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain during World War II.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Aisle of Plenty"
The Lyrics:
Easy love, there's the Safeway home
Thankful for her Fine Fare discount, Tess cooperates
Product Brand Name:
Coded references to 4 british supermarkets: Safeway, Fine Fare, Tesco, and Co-operative
Submitted by: Sejjie
"Broadway Melody of 1974"
The Lyrics:
There's Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes Smiling at the majorettes smoking Winston cigarettes
Product Brand Name:
Winston cigarettes
Submitted by: Nickster

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"In Too Deep"
The Song Lyrics:
I thought you'd always be there, I almost believed you
Song They Mention:
"I Almost Believed You" by Michael Bolton
Submitted by: Mickey Dee
"In Too Deep"
The Song Lyrics:
I thought you'd always be there I almost believed you
Song They Mention:
"I Almost Believed You" by Michael Bolton (1983)
Submitted by: Mickey D
There are additional Genesis Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs lyrics available.

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

Opening Lines:
Paperlate, paperlate / Paperlate, paperlate
This single hit the U.S. Top 30 in the summer of 1982. It was issued from the American double album "Three Sides Live". In the U.K. it was featured on an EP titled "3X3". The cover of that EP featured the 3 members of Genesis jumping and clowning around on top of a brick wall, in a direct parody of a scene the Beatles have down before.
Submitted by: There's No-one On the Line
"Hold On My Heart"
Opening Lines:
Hold on my heart. Just hold on to that feeling.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional Genesis spelling lyrics available.

Made Up Words in Songs:

"Dancing with the Moonlit Knight"
The Made Up Words:
Probably supposed to be a combination of "uniform" and "faun."
Submitted by: Eddison Tollett
The Made Up Words:
This was the chord structure used in the song. Phil Collins sure liked made up words.
Submitted by: Rich Braham

Scary Song Lyrics:

The Lyrics:
Take a look at the beautiful river of blood.
The liquid surrounds me
I fight to rise from this river of hell
I stare round about me
Children are swimming and playing with boats
Their features are changing
Their bodies dissolve and I am alone.
Most Genesis songs don't go on about rivers of blood and dissolving children.
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
"Just a Job to Do"
The Lyrics:
Keep running, keep running; city to city
Even if you're innocent
You can cause too much embarrassment
And though your heart is breaking
And you know there's no mistaking
For you feel your life line breaking
Can feel your hands are shaking
No one answers the telephone
You can never ever go home alone
And though your heart is breaking
And you know there's no mistaking
The footsteps close behind (*** synthesizer blasts ***)
You keep running and never afford to settle anywhere because you know too much, you've seen too much and dead birds don't sing. You call for help and there's nobody answering. The assassin sees you now, he draws a bead on you. Here he comes! The harder you run, the harder you fall.
Submitted by: Banger 3

Song Title Space Change:

"For Ab Sent Friends" originally "For Absent Friends"
How can an ab send friends?
Submitted by: Sheena Weston
"Heart Son Fire" originally "Hearts On Fire"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"He: Art's On Fire" originally "Hearts On Fire"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Shipwreck Ed " originally "Shipwrecked"
Submitted by: Peter
"Throwin' Git All Away" originally "Throwing It All Away"
The Git wasn't that bad, was he?
Submitted by: Peter

There are additional Genesis Song Title Space Change available.

Band Name Anagrams:

Sing 'See' Submitted by: Candy Welty
Signees Submitted by: Candy Welty
Seeings Submitted by: Candy Welty
Sees Gin Submitted by: Cynthia Avery
Gee, Sins Submitted by: Amy Grunt

There are additional Genesis Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Ox Music Lab" originally "Musical Box"
Submitted by: Paige Evans
"Mr. Ayala Won't Be Behind Low Sod" originally "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway"
Submitted by: Pete Worst
"Thief Ken" originally "The Knife"
Submitted by: Joe Joe
"The Balm Lies Down On Broadway" originally "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway"
Submitted by: Quyjibo
"Poet In Ode" originally "In Too Deep"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne

There are additional Genesis Song Title Anagrams available.

Lyrics Pronunciation:

"In Too Deep"
The Lyrics:
Crying at the top of my voice
He pronounces "crying" as "craying"
Submitted by: Isac
The Lyrics:
Taking no risks and playing to shame
To shame is pronounced 'touche' - which made me think of someone hiding in their shell when confronted with danger, just like Touche Turtle!
Submitted by: pickle*
There are additional Genesis Lyrics Pronunciation available.

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Supper's Ready" Length: over 23 minutes
it's from the early 70s when Peter Gabriel was the singer. The band did perform this song live and Gabriel the costume king of art rock would dress as a flower (one lyrical line says "A flower?").
Submitted by: I Saw Genesis in 1992!
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" Length: 8:49
What am I gonna do????
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Domino" Length: 10:42
Sixth track off of 1986's "Invisible Touch"
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Home By The Sea" Length: 11:21
The first and the second ones put together in one track.
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Dodo/Lurker" Length: 7:30
2 in 1
Submitted by: Mickey D.

There are additional Genesis Super Long Pop Songs available.

Song Title Acrostics:

TA: "That's All"
As in 'ta very much!'
Submitted by: pickle
LION: "Like It Or Not"
Submitted by: Mickey D.
IT: "Invisible Touch"
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"I Can't Sand" originally "I Can't Dance"
Submitted by: Lefty Lucy
"I Can't Sand" originally "I Can't Dance"
Submitted by: Lefty Lucy
"Fret 'Em Out By Guy Day" originally "Get 'Em Out By Friday"
Submitted by: Allison O'Silla
"Lair On The Harms And Eggs" originally "Hair On The Arms And Legs"
Submitted by: D. Melody Dole, MD
"Air On The Harms And Legs" originally "Hair On The Arms And Legs"
Submitted by: D. Melody Dole, MD

There are additional Genesis Song Title Spoonerisms available.

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"The Musical Box"
The Lyrics:
Entire Song
The reason is that this song is a story about a young murderess who kills the boy and his body is trapped in The Musical Box. Once she (The Murderer) opens the Musical Box...she sees the boy she murdered. He grows old...but doesn't grow up, then The Nurse who told her stories that never came true, comes in and kills both the murderer and the spirit!
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Onomatopoeia in Lyrics:

"Just a Job to Do"
The Lyrics:
Bang, Bang, Bang
The sound of gunshots
Submitted by: Sutch

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"Jesus He Knows Me"
In 1985 Phil Collins guested on MIAMI VICE as Phil the Shill. He came to the USA to avoid UK taxes and swindle some more. At episode's end he fled with a suitcase full of money and later appeared on cable TV as televangalist Father Phil. He wore a horribly bad toupee to hide his real life baldness on top. It looked unbelievably ridiculous. Fast forward to 1992. The band Genesis puts out a funny/accurate lampoon of TV preachers and their ripoff practices in the video for the above named song. All 3 members of Genesis are ministry thieves in the music video ("Call now! Pray later! Dial 1-800-GENE-SIS!") and even though Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks have full heads of hair they are wearing lousy toupees just like Phil is. This is probably a comic element.
Submitted by: Rolls Royce Reverend
"Jesus He Knows Me"
When the Televangelism scandal came into the news, Phil Collins poked fun at the evangelists who came into the infamous limelight.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Rare Show of Anger"
During a late 1981 gig in Rotterdam, Netherlands Genesis played some older prog material and some new stuff from the ABACAB and DUKE albums and some fans were booing at the new 80s radio-friendlier songs and throwing stuff on the stage. During an intermission the 3 band members came to a mic and mentioned about the boo-ers and they said that those naysayers can meet them after the show and 'we'll kick the fucking shit outta ye!'. Genesis is not known to be a bunch of rude boys but they sure got peeved that night. Watch out!
Submitted by: I Saw Genesis at Oho State University

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

The Sega Genesis
Return of the Retro Game System
Submitted by: Rychendroll
The Hyundai Genesis
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
Genesis is the first book of the Bible
Submitted by: Psycho Librarian

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"Jesus He Knows Me"
The Lyrics:
But I can get you a Pocketful of Miracles, if you promise to be good...try to be nice.
"Pocketful of Miracles" was Frank Capra's last film he directed which also stars the late great Peter Falk. I wonder if Phil Collins pulled a John Lennon with this song (watching TV while writing a song) since he had all the members of Genesis dressed like Rev. Ernest Angely's sons if he ever had triplets (And the vid has Genesis on Channel 55...which in Cleveland, is CW's WBNX Affiliate...owned by Rev. Angely as well)! And the chariactures of Tammy Faye Bakker and Jessica Hahn are in the "Jesus he knows me" vid....
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"Illegal Alien"
The Lyrics:
Now don't tell anybody what I'm gonna do
'Cuz if they find out, you know they will never let me through
'Cuz it's no fun being an illegal alien.
Look at the hate and xenophobic hysteria going on now, especially in Arizona.
Submitted by: Born in East L.A.

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