28 Oct Episode 56 – Genesis & The Lamb’s Hindquarters
“If you think it’s pretentious, you’ve been taken for a ride”
With this episode, we look at the second half of Genesis’s 1974 double-album, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Garnering a mixed reaction upon release, it eventually grew into a mammoth cult classic. But it still has its detractors — or, at least, fans saying that it’s “front-loaded,” “top heavy,” “falters in the last half” or other such nonsense. Clearly we disagree! We believe it is utterly fantastic – exactly as it all should be — in its entirety. We celebrate the Lamb’s hindquarters with this 90-minute episode.
You’d think by episode 56, we’d have the technical issues ironed out. But…clearly Jeff’s mic is farting out, making him sound like he’s encased in wool the entire episode. “Turn down that gain, boy!” (We’ll get it next time.) It was less shitty before editing and the adding of song snippets, but something happened in that process and it got worse. Perhaps it’s a “black cloud descending on Manhattan” sorta thing, which would at least be appropriate. At least it’s listenable. Hunter sounds like a damn choir of angels.
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Music cited, in order of appearance:
all songs from Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, 1974, unless otherwise noted:
“The Light,” live somewhere in France, March, 1972
“The Waiting Room”
“The Waiting Room,” demo of isolated sound effects, 1974
“Frustration,” 1970 non-album track
“Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist”
“The Colony of Slippermen” (two moments)
“The Light Dies Down on Broadway”
“Riding the Scree”
“In the Rapids”
Radical Research is a conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of rock and metal music. This podcast is conceived and conducted by Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn. Though we consume music in a variety of ways, we give particular privilege to the immersive, full-album listening experience. Likewise, we believe that tangible music formats help provide the richest, most rewarding immersions and that music, artwork, and song titles cooperate to produce a singular effect on the listener. Great music is worth more than we ever pay for it.
This is Radical Research Podcast episode 56