See also: List of Genesis covers
Album cover art
The Foxtrot cover was designed by Paul Whitehead.
Genesis's album covers incorporated more complex and intricate art to reflect the themes presented in their albums. Their first album, From Genesis to Revelation was a plain black album cover with Genesis written in a green gothic typeface on the top left of the cover. The album covers of this album have changed with its numerous re-releases. Genesis's three subsequent album covers were developed by popular Charisma Records graphic artist Paul Whitehead, who also developed the Charisma "Mad Hatter" logo. The Foxtrot album cover is popular among Genesis fans; the front cover depicts a feminine figure in a red dress with the head of a fox. Whitehead stated in an interview that Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" was an inspiration for the character he created. After Whitehead moved to Los Angeles, Genesis signed with the reputed Hipgnosis, whose artists had created high profile album covers for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Hipgnosis's first Genesis album cover was for The Lamb, which for the first time in Genesis's history featured a male model. The model, credited simply as "Omar" on the album sleeve, portrayed the The Lamb protagonist "Rael".
Through the rest of the 1970s, various Hipgnosis artists, of whom Colin Elgie contributed heavily, designed all Genesis studio albums. The Trick of the Tail album cover was representative of many of the characters in the album - the robber from "Robbery, Assault and Battery", the beast from the title track and a metaphoric image of old age reminiscing about youth from the song "Ripples". Beginning with Duke, Genesis albums featured caricatures designed by Bill Smith Studios. Genesis's highest selling album Invisible Touch featured the artwork of Assorted Images which had previously designed album covers for Duran Duran and Culture Club. The We Can't Dance cover features the work of Felicity Bowers - the cover is reminiscent of Wind & Wuthering, and is presented in hazy watercolour. The Calling All Stations and the compilation Turn it on Again: The Hits covers were designed by Wherefore Art?.
"...brush back your hair, and let me get to know your face."Peter Gabriel in costume as an old man. Gabriel's costumes illustrate the band's musical concepts.
Genesis's progressive rock roots made them unlike many of their rock contemporaries such as Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. Indeed, one article in Q Magazine speaks of a 1977 Ray Lowry cartoon that depicted an arena of "either asleep, moribund,[or] comatose" fans watching Genesis perform live, with the band's name emblazoned on a banner above the stage reading "GENESNOOZE". Much of the criticism surrounding the band in the 1970s was centred around progressive rock in general, which many dismissed as "intellectual" or "pretentious". Gabriel's theatrics appeared unpalatable to mainstream rock fans as well as many Genesis fans. This was exemplified during live performances of Gabriel's last Genesis album, The Lamb, during which he appeared on stage as various characters in his storyline such as the Slipperman. The storyline for The Lamb, which was independently developed by Gabriel, proved hard to understand and accept and caused friction within the band. Collins recalled later, "He'd be in a Slipperman costume trying to get a mike anywhere near his throat, and be out of breath - all twisted up. Towards the end I felt the singing wasn't really being heard; the songs weren't really being heard".
Genesis' transition from playing lengthy complex material to more compact, radio friendly material was not well received by many critics; one particular review of ...And Then There Were Three... read, "[i]n short, this contemptible opus is but the palest shadow of the group's earlier accomplishments. Not only is the damage irreversible, it's been widely endorsed: ...And Then There Were Three... is Genesis's first U.S. gold record". Collins himself has often been criticized for Genesis's transformation from a progressive rock outfit to a mainstream rock / pop band, playing much the same type of music that Collins did as a solo artist. "I don't feel we've bastardized the way we were", Collins said in an interview with Music Express. "On a generous day I'll blame me for the change, but I just think it is us growing up, listening to different things".
Main article: Genesis discography
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