Wind & Wuthering: Genesis look back on their boldest prog statement
It was the album that one writer claimed made Yes and Pink Floyd redundant - Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and co-producer David Hentschel recall making Wind & Wuthering
In December 1976, 16 days after the Sex Pistols appeared on the Today programme and shocked the nation, taking punk rock overground, Genesis released their eighth studio album, Wind & Wuthering. History suggests that the music media rounded on them: quickly, the Home Counties four-piece, the very epitome of progressive rock, couldn’t get arrested. Or so one thinks. In fact, Wind & Wuthering was, in the main, rapturously received, and led to some of the most over-subscribed concerts in the group’s history. The immediate indifference to the album is one of the many myths that has grown up around it. Another is that tensions in the studio were high, which led to guitarist Steve Hackett’s departure.