‘In The Cage’ by Genesis From the album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974) This Saturday evening I got into a heated debate with a local promoter about the merits and faults of Genesis, where I was championing the merits and the promoter the faults, stating the (admittedly popular) opinion that Genesis are shit. I beg to differ, and I offer up ‘In The Cage’ from the band’s epic, double concept album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway as proof.
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is the sixth and last studio album to feature Peter Gabriel on vocals and the fourth out of four involving what most people (me included) would class as the ‘classic’ Genesis line up; Gabriel on vocals, Steve Hackett on guitar, Mike Rutherford on bass, Tony Banks on keyboards and Phil Collins on drums. It must be said at this point that I do not consider the Genesis involved in the making of this album as the same as the Genesis from 1980/1 (the Duke/Abacab albums) onwards, the term ‘sold out’ comes to mind.
I grew up listening to prog rock (as I think I have mentioned previously) and so I’ve always been naturally inclined to defend the genre but ‘In The Cage’ doesn’t need this defense, from the pulsation bom-bom bom-bom of the bass in the intro, to, over eight minutes later, as the song fades out in a hail of vocal effects and Banks’ unmistakable keyboards, the song is sheer genius. Gabriel’s vocals are totally on point, which were unfortunately regularly muffled on the 104-date Lamb Tour due to his often-insane outfit choices, such as this one, where he appears to be dressed as a bollock. Steve Hackett’s guitar work is also exemplary and Phil Collins is one of the most underrated drummers in rock, skewered by later Genesis and his solo work (not to say that his solo work isn’t brilliant) Even if prog isn’t for you I’d strongly suggest giving ‘In The Cage’ a go, you might just like it!