More Fool Me

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A very simple love song, "More Fool Me" was untypical Genesis to say the least. Mostly remembered because it is the first song Phil Collins ever sang lead on ("For Absent Friends" was a duet with Peter Gabriel), it provided the band's "real" singer at the time three minutes to breathe. Live, it also gave Collins his first experience of on-stage contact with the public. On record, it appeared on the band's fifth LP, Selling England By the Pound, and was perceived by critics as a filler. Some prog fans like to see in its simple subject and structure a first sign of the band's upcoming "decline" but one would be more advised to link the song to Steve Hackett's solo material. In any case, it did not leave a mark and was quickly left aside. Even when Collins took the job of lead singer, the song remained in limbo. The only official live version appears on Genesis Archives, Vol. 1: 1967-1975.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Selling England by the Pound 1973 Atco / WEA International 3:10
Archive, Vol. 1: 1967-1975 1998 Atlantic 4:01