It was over twenty years ago that Genesis released what was, at the time, my favourite “modern” song of theirs, Land of Confusion. It wasn’t so much the quality of the song that drew me as it was the wider context – the video, which mocked Ronald Reagan (probably one of the first music videos I saw that had a political theme), but more importantly, the line:
I won’t be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
And those same words that initially drew me later drove me away. It later became too much of a Phil Collins song, as far too similar to Sussudio, one of the most inane songs ever made. But seeing it performed at the Live Earth concert changed the way I see the song. While “their” generation has generally screwed things up incredibly badly, “their” generation are still active, and are still leaders in the climate crisis (especially Al Gore). At the very least, some of my cynicism is starting to fade. I’m willing to give Land of Confusion a second chance. I may even be willing to give Phil Collins a second chance.