A quirky and uplifting song with an equally quirky video. This is actually one of a few songs in the Genesis catalogue about aliens, in this case what happens to someone who has been abducted and brought to a peaceful utopia, but upon being returned to Earth, is unable to share the wonderful experiences they had in that other world.
On this April Fools’ Day, here is a song which fits the day’s spirit of silliness. I find it ironic that one of the band’s most experimental songs is also one of the most loathed by many fans. Criticizing a progressive band for making experimental music? That seems a bit backwards, but oh well. I still enjoy the song!
You can thank Tony Banks for this oddity from the Genesis catalogue. According to the band’s account in the Chapter and Verse Genesis autobiography, Tony had just gotten a new synthesizer and accidentally discovered that the sound patches could randomly change with each new keypress, and wanted to record a song around that novelty. Phil and Mike reluctantly agreed, with the thought that maybe Tony would stop bothering them about it if they recorded the song.
SO! Was it you or was it me?