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Genesis' second "extended play" release, following 1977's Spot the Pigeon, was a cleverly titled and packaged tribute to the EPs of pop's golden past -- the Rolling Stones' 5 X 5 was, of course, their role model. It also became one of their most successful releases, hitting the U.K. Top Ten in May 1982, at a time when only "Follow You Follow Me," "Turn It On Again" and "Abacab" had hitherto ventured that high. The selling point, of course, was "Paperlate," a horn-honking romp with just the ghosts of '60s soul playing around its chorus and a buoyancy that fed readily into the mood of the U.K. charts of the day. Flip it over and matters were somewhat calmer, with the introspective "Me and Virgil" joined by "You Might Recall," the latest in the band's long line of bubbly romantic numbers. All three songs would appear the following month on the Three Sides Live in-concert album -- they fell, of course, on the fourth side, together with two other old B-sides, and a reprise of "You Might Recall."