"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" was used in a Michelob commercial (as was Collins' "In the Air Tonight"), while "In Too Deep" was featured in the film Mona Lisa. The instrumental "The Brazilian" was used in the animated movie When the Wind Blows (whose score was written by Roger Waters).
After a hiatus of five years, Genesis reconvened to release We Can't Dance in 1991 - Collins's last studio album with the group. The album featured the successful singles "Jesus He Knows Me", "I Can't Dance", "No Son of Mine" (sample (info)), "Hold On My Heart", "Tell Me Why" and "Never A Time" (US release only) as well as lengthy pieces such as "Driving the Last Spike" and "Fading Lights". The album also included "Since I Lost You", which Collins wrote in memorial of the death of Eric Clapton's son, Conor. After serving Genesis for over 25 years, Collins left the band in March 1996, stating:
Having been in Genesis for 25 years, I felt it time to change direction in my musical life. For me now, it will be music for movies, some jazz projects, and of course my solo career. I wish the guys in Genesis all the very best in their future. We remain the best of friends.
Ray Wilson Era: 1997-1998
Ray Wilson with Tony Banks in the background, performing with Genesis in early 1998.
Rutherford and Banks elected to go on, and were able to fill in the gaps of missing members. Drumming duties were shared by Nir Zidkyahu, an Israeli session drummer who had played with Hidden Persuaders, and Nick D'Virgilio from the progressive rock band Spock's Beard. The difference in the two play styles was noticeable, as D'Virgilio played softer, simple rhythms in comparison to Zidkyahu's pounding of the skins. Regular touring guitarist Stuermer was touring, ironically enough, with Collins's solo tour. Anthony Drennan, who had played with Paul Brady and The Corrs, was recruited as a replacement. Finally, Banks and Rutherford replaced Collins with ex-Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson. Other considered performers included Paul Carrack from Rutherford's Mike and the Mechanics to ex-Marillion vocalist (and two-time Banks collaborator) Fish to Gabriel. Kevin Gilbert was offered an audition just before he died tragically. According to producer Nick Davis, the only other serious candidate was David Langdon, who had never sung with a band before; hence Wilson got the job.
The album Calling All Stations (1997) sold well in Europe, with the track "Congo" (sample (info)) peaking at UK# 29. However, the album failed in America without reaching the Billboard Top 50. Genesis cancelled a planned American tour due to the album's commercial failure. Genesis has, for all intents and purposes, disbanded, but many of the members remain in regular contact. The 1970-75 lineup of Banks, Collins, Gabriel, Hackett and Rutherford, recorded a new version of "The Carpet Crawlers" (sample (info)), done over many separate sessions, for Turn it on Again: The Hits. Collins, Banks and Rutherford performed an acoustic rendition of "I Can't Dance" at the Music Managers Forum in honor of their manager Tony Smith in 2000. Most of the original members were involved in the two Archive boxed-set compilations. Super Audio CD re-releases of most of Genesis's studio albums have been announced, though they are still being mixed by Nick Davis.
Rumors of a Genesis reunion continue to resurface. In November 2005, Gabriel told the press that "the odds are better than ever before" of a Genesis reunion. Those comments followed reports by Collins that he was open to talks about reuniting. Steve Hackett confirmed that he had received a call from Genesis's management about a possible reunion. However, at the end of November 2005, Genesis's management issued a statement in response to the growing speculation regarding Genesis members' activities saying, "There are no decisions by Genesis to perform anywhere whatsoever at this time. This situation will not alter in the next twelve months." In an April 2006 radio interview, Collins revealed that the band had discussed new live staging of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway during their meeting in November 2005.
According to Rolling Stone magazine (June 15, 2006) Genesis is now considering reuniting their classic five-man lineup for a tour in the near future.
Inspiration and influences
A wide range of music ranging from classical music to mainstream rock and jazz influenced Genesis. Banks drew his influences from Alan Price of The Animals, who, according to Banks, was "[t]he first person who made me aware of the organ in a rock context". Other organists included Procol Harum's Matthew Fisher and the 1960s progressive rock band The Nice. Classical influences include Rachmaninov, Ravel, Mahler and Shostakovich.
Many of their contemporaries and immediate predecessors - The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel - affected the band's music. Collins has cited Buddy Rich and the jazz outfit The Mahavishnu Orchestra, while Gabriel's early career with Genesis was influenced by the music of Nina Simone and King Crimson. Musical arrangements on the band's first album From Genesis to Revelation were influenced by the works of The Moody Blues, Family, and The Bee Gees as Jonathan King was a self-professed admirer of their music. Though similar to the extent that both Gabriel and David Bowie relied on on-stage theatrical performances, neither claimed the other to be an influence.
As a group that influenced the growth of the progressive rock genre, Genesis has been cited as an influence for many progressive rock groups such as Camel, Kansas, It Bites, IQ, Happy The Man, Marillion, Ange and Goblin. Several Genesis tribute bands such as Re-Genesis, The Musical Box and In The Cage routinely perform Genesis's older material from the "Peter Gabriel" era. Incidentally, Collins became the first artist to cover a Genesis song - "Behind The Lines", which he included as the third track of Face Value.
Past members of Genesis have also "covered" Genesis material live on solo shows - Gabriel played "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and "Back in NYC" while Hackett has performed "In That Quiet Earth", "Los Endos", "Horizons" and "Blood On TheRooftops". Hackett has also performed "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" on solo tours and on tour with his short lived supergroup GTR in 1986. Ray Wilson covered the biggest amount of Genesis Songs during his solo concerts. On his two solo live albums Live and Life and Acoustic you can find the Genesis songs "Carpet Crawlers", "Follow you Follow me", "I Can't Dance", "The Lamb lies down on Broadway", "No Son of Mine", "Shipwrecked" and "Mama". Surprisingly he also interpreted two solo career songs of his two predecessors in Genesis as he sang "In the Air Tonight" (Collins) and "Biko" (Gabriel). Jeff Buckley reworked "Back in NYC" on the posthumously released 1998 Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk. The Swedish death metal band In Flames covered "Land of Confusion" on Trigger (EP), as did Disturbed on their 2005 album Ten Thousand