Song of the Day, September 17: Keep It Dark by Genesis

GenesisKeepItDarkToday’s song is a highlight of Genesis’ powerful transitional album Abacab. Part of the band’s long tradition of story songs, it tells the tale of a man who is abducted by aliens and taken to their beautiful world. He sees such splendors there that he realizes no one will believe his story when he returns home. To explain his absence, he pretends he was kidnapped and robbed, ironically burying his joyful experience in a dark lie.

Mike Rutherford provides a distinctive rhythm guitar while Tony Banks supplies some of his sneakiest keyboard work. Phil Collins has settled into his dual role, keeping up the unusual 6/4 rhythm while providing a stellar vocal. The result is one of the band’s finest moments, a nice blending of their musical history and developing chartbuster approach.

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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