The Playhouse, Edinburgh
Some context is in order, I think. Seconds Out, by Genesis (a live double album, as was the fashion), was my first proper album (I’m excluding Follow, Follow Rangers). I was given it – at my own request – for Christmas 1977, when I was 15. I’m not entirely sure why – I was mildly obsessed with hifi equipment at the time (we had none) and I’d read a review in a hifi magazine that had caught my interest, I think. I was astonished by the music; it was like nothing else I’d ever heard. My previous experience of music was either Top of the Pops, Radio1 or what my parents listened to (The Clancy Brothers, mainly). But this was something else entirely. It was at turns melancholy and exhilarating, constantly twisting and changing. And the lyrics! Creatures that dissolved in their own tears, urban lambs, angels standing in the sun. It was a world about as far away from a council estate in central Scotland as could be imagined. And maybe that was why I fell for it quite so hard. I pieced my experience of music backwards and forwards from there » Continue Reading.