Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Genesis – Follow You, Follow Me

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232 – Genesis – Follow You, Follow Me (1978)
Written by Genesis
Produced by David Hentschel and Genesis
Label – Charisma

It’s perfectly understandable that given the demise of prog rock, by 1978, Genesis had to take a new sonic direction. “Follow You, Follow Me” is their first recognisable (and best) pop song. Mike Rutherford’s heavily phased opening riff, Tony Banks’ weaving keyboard input and Phil Collins’ tender melody make for a simple, yet classy single. Rutherford has said that the best songs just come together almost instantly, and the lyrics and melody took just 10 minutes to create, attesting his suggestion. Pete Townshend and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter have both professed their admiration for the song, and whilst it may not be Mike Rutherford’s most inspired lyric, it matters little in this beautifully arranged song that for better or worse led the band to their commercially successful later recordings.

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