Saturday, April 21, 2012


I should really hate Chris and his blog Rude Cactus. His hair is much better than my hair and his blog is better written than mine. However, I can't bring myself to hate him. Unfortunately. The old me would have embraced the hatred without thinking twice, but the new me likes to pretend he doesn't care that people are more talented than he is or have better hair.

The hair is a real issue with me, I'm afraid.

Rude Cactus, like few other blogs, is one of those "The way the Internet used to be" places. When you read the blog you feel like you can stop running. Know what I mean? You read a post and then another post, and then you realize you didn't think people still did that--write quietly and honestly, without the expectation of reaching the top of the parent-blogging ladder-to-nowhere, without trying to get Ellen to mention them (yes, I am talking about you, Single Dad Laughing), without hoping for anything but honest readers reacting to honest writing.

Other than that, you know you're going to like a blogger when he's about the same age as you, he's a Liberal, his wife's name is also Beth, and he likes Genesis. I assume he's talking about Selling England by the Pound Genesis and not Invisible Touch, or I might have to rewrite this post.

Read this recent post for a great introduction: Sunshine to Me


  1. Three Sides Live- that is what it is all about.

  2. I think we're close to a quorum. My wife's name is also Beth, I voted Green Party in 2000 (*dodges the thrown rotten fruit*), and I'm quite a Genesis fan. I'll have to admit, though, I'm not a big enough fan that I am familiar with their early stuff. But being a young drummer in the eighties, I thought Collins was a god for being able to play and sing at the same time.

  3. Jack, that's... well... see... as a person who grew up loving the old Genesis, Three Sides Live was ACCEPTABLE. It had old songs, and it wasn't that commercial yet, and it had some cool live stuff, but it's also without Peter Gabriel, which means the beginning of the end. Phil Collins does a good job, but looking back, and considering the direction the band took later, you feel their hearts were no longer in the old Genesis.

    Not sure you were expecting a long answer here. I love how American Psycho has an entire chapter about why the new stuff with Phil Collins is so much better than the old stuff. Like, it's a legitimate opinion if you're a mass murderer.

  4. KP, I remember these show--there were two gigantic drum sets elevated on the stage. It was cool stuff, I'll give him that. And the Phil Collins song on Selling England, one of the old albums, is a great little song. And when no one's watching, I still air-drum that bit from In the Air Tonight.

  5. I'm pretty sure this is the best Friday morning ever. Home office, hot coffee, and finding that someone wrote cool things about you. And then stumbling onto a conversation about Genesis? Yeah. That kinda rocks.

    First, thank you for the kind words. Those truly made my day. It's humbling to read but nice to see that someone gets it.

    Second, there will never be an end or a solution to the age-old Peter versus Phil debate. They each have their merits and moments of awesomness. While Selling England is arguably their best, I'd pick Foxtrot any day. When I was a kid, just getting into the bad, Foxtrot was out of print. These were the days before the internet. One day in a book store I stumbled on a book about classic albums and saw this Genesis album cover I'd never heard of before. It was like finding treasure. I combed record stores finally finding an old imported cassette of Foxtrot. Of course, two days later Atlantic records re-released the entire back catalog. So, I have a special place in my heart for that one but also for the Phil-led version of the band I saw live a few times and I credit for getting my into music.

    Again, thanks. I dig the site and appreciate the kind words, my friend.

  6. Hey, glad you liked it (and thanks).

    When I was sixteen, I worked at a second-hand record store, which probably forever will be the coolest thing I've ever done. I used all the money I made to buy records, including Foxtrot and Lamb Lies Down. The owner, who was also my sister's boyfriend, lend me a VHS tape with live Genesis shows. It was really bad quality, and Peter Gabriel was dressed like a flower, but you know, watching this video was one of the things that later came to define my youth.

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