The Napping Wizard Sessions
Tribute: Peter Gabriel, The Stories, Part 2
In this multi-part series, I explore Peter Gabriel as a storyteller from the early Genesis years, 1967-1975. As introductions to the songs and as entertaining banter while the band tuned their complex Prog Rock instruments, Peter Gabriel told stories to the audience about the upcoming song. I compile these stories, grouped according to their corresponding songs and chart their growth. Along with the elaborate costumes Peter created during this period, he also concocted whacky stories: The Green Trouser Suit, Thomas S. Eiselberg and his onions, Henry and Cynthia on the croquet pitch, five rivers with one dirty mouth, Romeo and Juliet go to the cinema, Michael and his worms, Rael, the Slippermen and more. This series is for the true early Genesis fan and for those who don’t know the full scope of what Peter Gabriel added to the band during the years he was with them. Part 2 covers the rest of the stories from the Nursery Cryme group - horrifying hogweeds and the first hermaphrodite - and then Foxtrot - a martian or Coca-Cola, two women being evicted and expected to shrink to 4 feet for their next apartment, King Canute commading the waves (or not) and Michael and the worms announcing Supper's Ready.