Tabletop Genesis Episode 16 – “Voyage of the Acolyte”

steve-hackett-voyage-of-the-acolyteThe tarot cards have been spread out and the reading predicts an episode dedicated to the first solo album by a Genesis member: Steve Hackett’s 1975 debut effort, “Voyage of the Acolyte.” Is this the “lost Genesis album” as some have claimed? The Tabletop weighs in …

Tabletop Genesis Episode 15 – “We Can’t Dance”

we can't dance“Like the story that we wish was never ending, we know sometime we must reach that final page …” Phil Collins’ last studio album with Genesis, 1991’s “We Can’t Dance,” is discussed by the members of the Tabletop, as they try to keep a jovial mood amid such topics as abusive fathers, shady TV preachers, the hazards of railway construction, and worst of all – the inability to dance.

Tabletop Genesis Episode 14 – Tribute Bands

tribute bandsIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then fewer bands could be more flattered than Genesis, given the myriad of tribute bands and recreation projects that pay homage to their music. The Tabletop shares its take on this aspect of Genesis culture, and interview members of four diverse tribute acts; Adam Kromelow from the Genesis Piano Project; Heliopolis keyboardist Matt Brown from Los Angeles-based Cinema Show and Gabble Ratchet; Mike Morton and Howard Boder from England’s The Book of Genesis; and Joe Trainor from the Keep It Dark project.

Tabletop Genesis Episode 13 – “Face Value”

phil collins face valueThe Tabletop members have their air drums ready as they tackle Phil Collins’ debut solo album, “Face Value,” and one of the most iconic drum fills in history. Plus, there’s not a dry eye around the table as the group delves into the melancholy world that is the Phil Collins love song.

“Say It’s Alright Joe” from the 1980 Duke Tour

As mentioned in our “And Then There Were Three” podcast, the live version of “Say It’s Alright Joe” was extended to more than twice the length of the album version, mostly due to Phil’s theatrics. And you can hear that “drunk” Phil had quite a lot to deal with from “drunk” audience members!

This song didn’t rate as high with the female members of the Tabletop as it did with the men. What do you think? Does it come across as a testosterone-heavy track?

Tabletop Genesis Episode 12 – “… And Then There Were Three … “

and then there were threeLaughter, music (and perfume!) linger ’round the tabletop as the members dive deep in the motherlode that is 1978’s “… And Then There Were Three …” The lively discussion touches on Steve Hackett’s departure from the group and the “genesis” of the three-piece unit, while exploring everything from snowmen and all-star Indian tribes to pretty mamas and maidens fair.