Tony Banks

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HOW I SEE HIM
Tony Banks is the core of Genesis.  He has been there from the very beginning, seen all the changes over the years and now he is the one who says it's time to stop.  Snap out of it Tony!  We still love you after all these years, we know there is still plenty of pretty melodies left in you!    We even forgive you for your controlling personality, we know that is how you were made and it is hard to change it.  In contrast with Phil, Tony is intraverted, rarely emotional and thinks in highly logical terms.  No wonder he majored in Mathematics in college.  However under that seemingly impenetratable surface there must be passion flowing in his veins, how else could you explain "Afterglow" or "Evidence of Autumn?
MUSICIANSHIP RANGE OF OUTPUT
Excellent keyboardist and piano player.  He was able to play Beatles tunes on Piano without music sheet since he was a teenager.  Also plays guitars quite well.  Classically trained and influenced.  He is the major songwriter in Genesis figuring prominently in all Genesis albums.  Without exception his solo albums have  been astounding commercial failures despite fairly obvious pop leanings.   
BEST TRAITS TRADEMARK STAGE MANNER
He says what he thinks and never beats around the bushes
He is less stern in person than he appears
He has a sarcastic, dry sense of humor
He means well, and doesn't mean the things he says
By his own confession, Tony does not feel natural performing on stage, which explains the expressionless face and the lack of body movement.  However he does make it up by bobbing his head rhythmically.
WORST TRAITS
Can be manipulative according to several others in the band
A control freak, must have everything his way
He tends to put people down without realizing it
FAVORITE SOLO SONG FAVORITE SOLO ALBUM
"Red Wings" from Soundtracks Sorry to say I don't own any Tony Banks solo albums as of yet.  Although I am seriously considering buying it from the official site.  The consensus among the fans seems to be "A Curious Feeling".
FAVORITE LYRICS
Was it summer when the river ran dry,
Or was it just another dam.
When the evil of a snowflake in June
Could still be a source of relief.
O how I love you, I once cried long ago,
But I was the one who decided to go.
To search beyond the final crease,
Though I'd heard it said just birds could dwell so high.

                             --- from "Mad Man Moon" (1976)
FAVORITE QUOTE
Egg sandwiches were the important ingredient, we wrote "Epping Forest" on the strength of that.  No, I can't remember, was it "Supper's Ready"?  

--- from Genesis official site interview in 2001, on the band's secret ingredient for songwriting.
SLIP-OF-TONGUE
I used to say, shut that thing up.  Because it was putting me off.

--- Tony recalls his less than positive reaction to Peter Gabriel's initial attempts at practicing drums for "Turn it on Again" at the 1982 reunion show 

 

 

 

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