ON THIS DATE (41 YEARS AGO) January 25, 1974 * - Genesis: I Know - TopicsExpress


ON THIS DATE (41 YEARS AGO) January 25, 1974 * - Genesis: I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) b/w “Twilight Alehouse” (Charisma CB 224) 45 single is released in the UK. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) was the first charting single by Genesis. It was drawn from the album Selling England by the Pound. It became a minor hit in April 1974, when it reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart. The songs lyrics concern a young man who is employed as a groundsman and who says that he does not want to grow up and do great things, being perfectly happy where he is, pushing a lawn mower. Betty Swanwicks painting The Dream, which was used for the Selling England album cover, provided inspiration for the lyrics. The song, inspired by The Beatles, has a psychedelic rock sound, using hand percussion rhythms and an electric sitar riff from Mike Rutherford (played in concert by Steve Hackett until his departure from the band). Keyboardist Tony Banks used a note played on the low end of the Mellotron during the intro and ending to imitate the sound of a lawn mower. This effect was discovered during a recording session by Peter Gabriel while Banks was taking a bathroom break. I Know What I Like was the bands only pop hit of their early years, at a time when progressive rock bands largely avoided the singles market. The song was played on Top of the Pops and danced to by Pans People. Its success would not be topped until And Then There Were Threes Follow You Follow Me, some four years later. The original B-side of the single was the non-album track Twilight Alehouse, a song about a lonely man who finds solace in the local tavern. This song had been in Genesis live set since 1970 but was not recorded in the studio until 1973. Twilight Alehouse was later released as part of Genesis Archive 1967-75. * NOTE: There are many different dates listed for this release. Genesis Peter Gabriel
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