To all Paperlaters:

I am new to this group, although I must confess that I have been reading all the posts daily on line for almost 2 years previously.  Why did it take so long for me to break the silence and finally join the list?  I hear you ask.  The explanation is kind of complicated, so read on if you have the patience.

I am 26 yrs old, currently in Chicago for school.  I am quite new to Genesis fanhood, i.e., I discovered their music through Phil's
solo work 3 years ago (of course I assume half of you have already deleted my post as soon as I mentioned Phil's solo work).  The reason why I did not become a fan earlier was because I had never heard of them prior to that point.  Now that is not as ridiculous as it sounds because I only just immigrated from China in 1991 and consequently hadn't been exposed to all the European or American bands until rather recently.  Anyway, skipping all the details, I bought Phil's "Hits" album in 1998 fresh off the tail of my country music phase.  I was of course shocked that so many of the songs I had heard before on the radio and liked were by the same artist.  I felt the irresistible urge to check out his other work and so I bought "Face Value".  Needless is to say, I was amazed again because I found some of the album tracks to be as good or even better than the radio hits I had known.  Obsessed by now, I started doing research on the Internet on Phil and that was when I finally found out about his old band, Genesis.

To make a long story short, I became a hard-core Genesis fan in a relatively short period of time, and bought most of their studio and live albums in the following order (Don't
worry, I will buy the rest eventually): 

Invisible Touch, Genesis, Abacab, Duke, We Can't Dance, Selling England by the Pound, A Trick of the Tail, Wind and Wuthering, The Lamb, Seconds out, Genesis Live, And Then There were Three, Three Sides Live, The Way We Walk:  the Longs and the Shorts, Turn it on Again:  the hits, Archive #2.

If you are not really bored by now, hang on because I am finally going to tell you why I did not join Paperlate right away.  Of course I could attribute it to some trivial reasons such as I did not have time, but the real reason was probably because I was appalled by how unbalanced the views are on this list.  Not only are Phil and Tony widely-hated figures on this list, but also many Paperlaters only liked the first 7 or 8 years of the band's
output!  There are also many who wish Genesis would just disband.  An outsider can probably easily make the mistake of thinking this is either the "Genesis Haters' Club" or "Steve Hackett Appreciation Forum".  Yet despite all of this, I continued to read this list every day thanks to contribution from some incredibly knowledgeable Genesis experts (even if they often put Yes or some other bands ahead of Genesis on their top 10 lists!).  Even though I may not agree with some of the opinions by some of the members I can clearly detect a level of intelligence rarely found in other fan discussion forums.  I also confess that sometimes I read this list for the shear excitement of seeing some poor person being flamed by 100 prog rock fans!  Of course after this post that person would probably be me, oh well. 

I hope I am not giving the impression that I disrespect other people's
opinions.  But I can not remain silent anymore because I want an under-represented segment of Genesis fans' voice to be heard.  I hope to help dispel the prevailing opinion that fans who like the "Pop Genesis" are somehow less intelligent than those who like the "Prog Genesis" or that a Genesis fan has to choose between one camp or the other.  If you look at the following list you will know that I like all eras.

My top 10 favorite Genesis songs (in no particular order since it is impossible to determine):

1. Supper's Ready
2. Duke's Travels
3. In the Cage Medley (3SL)
4. Ripples
5. Firth of Fifth
6. Mama
7. Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea
8. Duchess
9. Dodo/Lurker
10. Fading Lights

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