In 1975, the English singer, songwriter, producer and activist Peter Gabriel left Genesis, of which he had been a founding member in the 1960s. I was introduced to Genesis and Gabriel’s music by a school mate though, I didn’t follow Gabriel closely until his album Us (1992). (I posted about that friend in “Washing of the Water,” from that album.)
The year after Gabriel’s departure for a highly successful and well-regarded solo career, Genesis released A Trick of the Tail. I don’t know that album, though looking it up tonight, I read that it came soon after drummer/singer Phil Collins became the front person and lead singer for the group. The song I’ve heard from it is “Entangled,” which I first heard on an archive of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, the August 1, 2021 episode, “Hypnotic Guitar Tunes — Welcome In.” And, by the way, Garvey is back to his BBC 6 Music Sunday show after several weeks’ absence. With pandemic lockdowns lifting, he was finally able to tour with his band, Elbow.
I found “Entangled” really took me back to the mood and vibe of the mid-1970s, and I feel it has a sound like the English progressive rock band, Yes.
Entanglement is a common term when referring to dysfunctional relationships. I’m not sure if Genesis’s writers Tony Banks and Steve Hackett had that concept in mind. Still, their song does seem to be about trickery and manipulation, two definite characteristics of unhealthy connections.
Either way, “Entangled” is a lovely song, with beautiful keyboard and acoustic guitar sounds supporting Collins’ rhythmic vocals.
Now you know a little about why this is My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official audio for the song from Genesis’s YouTube channel:
Unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of AZLyrics.