I was going to wait until the monthly Blogger Takeover thing to post about what I have been listening to this month, but I couldn’t wait. I’m going through a particularly fertile period of discovering old-but-new-to-me music and I’ve decided (a mere 50 years too late) that Supper’s Ready by Genesis could be the Greatest Song of All Time. Where has this masterpiece been all my life??
I have so much to say about this song, but equally I find it hard to organise my thoughts and articulate them. I know I know I know that at its heart it’s overblown prog nonsense at its deadliest, but that over-the-topness is the thing that makes it great.
I always think of Spielberg’s response to (I think) George Lucas expressing doubt about the ridiculous scene in Jaws where the shark jumps on to the boat. Spielberg said (from memory) something like, if I can keep the audience with me for 90 minutes until that point, they’ll buy anything. And that’s what Supper’s Ready is like, a bit: it draws you in, it keeps you with it, so when it gets to the truly overblown ridiculous stuff towards the end (even ignoring the bit halfway through where Peter Gabriel dresses up as a flower) you truly feel it has earned the right to go all apocalyptic and religious.
I wasn’t born when it came out, but I think if I had been around to hear it in 1972 it would have been everything I ever wanted from rock music.
I feel slightly apologetic here. Unbridled enthusiasm can come across as a bit unsophisticated and juvenile, so I don’t like over-praising something unless I can be analytical about it. But there you go. A 50 year old song, probably the hoariest and shop-worn example of the hoariest and shop-worn genre of them, has gripped me and has me in its clutches, and I can’t get enough of it.
So, The Massive, what do we think of Supper’s Ready? I don’t remember anyone on here name-checking it or praising it, or even slagging it off. Maybe it’s just considered one of those beige things that aren’t worth talking about, like Jack Johnson or Coldplay?