Tabletop Genesis Ep 02 – “Nursery Cryme”

nursery cryme“Play me my song…” In this episode, Tabletop Genesis focuses on the 1971 masterpiece, Nursery Cryme, as one member attempts to convince the group of the brilliance of “Seven Stones.” So go ahead and listen to this podcast now, now, now, now, now…

7 thoughts on “Tabletop Genesis Ep 02 – “Nursery Cryme”

  • April 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    First off, thank you for another great episode!

    I’m fairly sure that the Y in “Cryme” is a play on the word “rhyme” (as in Nursery Rhyme), and they kept the “Y” instead of the proper “I” for effect.

    This was never one of my favorite Genesis albums, which is weird because it has some of my favorite tracks on it: Musical Box, Hogweed and Fountain. However, I do think that those three songs fair much better in a live setting. My favorite version of Fountain is the UK Three Sides Live version (from Knebworth ’78 I think?)…and the Genesis Live versions of Musical Box and Hogweed are stellar beyond words.

    • March 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      I’m with you regarding the wordplay on Cryme and Rhyme. I was surprised that the esteemed presenters didn’t get that. Perhaps they don’t have nursey rhymes in the USA though Simon usually brings lots of English culture to the table.

      For the record, I love For Absent Friends. Seven Stones also is a great song as it is about not being taken in by quacks.

      • March 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

        Nursery (not nursey) sorry for the typo

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  • October 19, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Love this podcast! I’m 55 so a bit older than the Tabletoppers, and I’ve been a Genesis fan since around 1978. I had the good fortune to experience them on their Duke, Abacab, and Invisible Touch tours and loved every second of them. I was also an unapologetic Mama Tour video addict and bought every other concert video they released.

    Re: The Return of the Giant Hogweed: I’m rather surprised that no one mentioned that this lyric is based on an actual plant that thrives around riverbanks in the UK. Peter Gabriel read a story about it in the paper and used the basic facts, i.e. it was from the Caucasus and brought back to the UK during the Victorian era to be used as ornamental plants, then later found to be invasive and, more ominously, phototoxic.

    You referenced the “goofy lyrics,” but a fair amount of what is in the song is factual (okay, well, except for the hogweeds “seeking revenge” against the humans who “captured” them by exhorting each other to “kill them with your hogweed hairs!” Of course, I’m ignoring the glaring (and goofy) fact that someone actually wrote a song about this!

    Here’s a thought: No doubt other listeners will from time to time chime in here in the comments section on little tidbits that you didn’t mention… or that perhaps you never knew about to begin with. Perhaps this could be a small segment of future podcasts… you know, just like Tom showing us his poll and all that. Just a thought. Keep these wonderful podcasts coming!

    • Tabletop Genesis
      November 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks for the comments! Down the road we might do a “Fan Thoughts” segment (or episode) and include some of the great comments/feeback/”corrections” from our listeners. 🙂

      Envious of your longtime fandom! The Duke tour in particular would have been killer to see.


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