Monday, October 3, 1983

Genesis self-titled album released



Released: October 3, 1983

Peak: 9 US, 11 UK, 2 CN, 41 AU

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.6 UK, 10.2 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock


Song Title [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Mama [6:47] (8/22/83, 73 US, 60 CB, 5 AR, 4 UK, 43 CN, 45 AU)
  2. That’s All [4:24] (10/3/83, 6 US, 10 CB, 2 RR, 7 AC, 2 AR, 16 UK, 14 CN, 62 AU)
  3. Home by the Sea [5:07] (10/31/83, 24 AR, 80 AU)
  4. Second Home by the Sea [6:08]
  5. Illegal Alien [5:13] (11/5/83, 44 US, 49 CB, 21 AR, 46 UK, 41 CN)
  6. Taking It All Too Hard [3:56] (2/25/84, 50 US, 49 CB, 11 AC, 41 AR)
  7. Just a Job to Do [4:46] (11/5/83, 10 AR)
  8. Silver Rainbow [4:28]
  9. It’s Gonna Get Better [5:00] (10/8/83, 16 AR)

All songs written by Banks, Collins, and Rutherford.

Total Running Time: 45:33

The Players:

  • Phil Collins (vocals, drums, percussion)
  • Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass, backing vocals)
  • Tony Banks (keyboards, backing vocals)


3.626 out of 5.00 (average of 18 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“If Genesis still had one foot in the art rock world with Abacab, they jumped into pop with both feet on their eponymous release.” AMG With their “mid-tempo arrangements designed for pop radio in the 1980s,” AMG “the songs are so concise they’re virtually new wave, but still steeped in angst.” BL Then there’s the “crisp, glossy production” AMG courtesy of “Police and XTC producer Hugh Padham,” BL in which “the drums go boom and Collins belts hard while simple keyboard hooks are slammed home.” BL

The “determined attempt to go pop” BLmeant a “lack of musical innovation that fans had come to expect was a little disappointing.” AMG Still, “after years of relative obscurity on this side of the Atlantic, one cannot blame the band, especially one so talented.” AMG

Besides, even if “they had lost their edge, Genesis still had the ability to craft catchy songs,” AMG especially “slower easy listening songs such as That’s All or Taking It All Too Hard. While all the songs are unbelievable catchy, they often mask inane lyrics,” AMG such as on “the surpassingly stupid, Mexican-accented Illegal Alien – where craftsmanship overcomes good sense” BL and “tarnishes the album.” BL

Genesis still represents the best pop radio of that era, and the album is still recommended for fans looking for 1980s nostalgia or fans of Phil Collins’ solo work.” AMG

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First posted 3/18/2008; last updated 9/5/2021.

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