Really I don't have any problem of his playing at least until Invisible Touch came along
: I realize this is going off on a tangent, but
: I have NEVER been annoyed at Tony's playing
: on the Gabriel-era albums. I have wished for
: more Hackett plenty of times, but I have
: never been able to get the Tony Banks hate.
: He's definitely less technically proficient
: than most prog keyboardists, but clearly
: he's a very talented composer/songwriter,
: and essential to the band's sound.
: --Previous Message--
: soon found out John's writings are much more
: mature than a lot of Starostin's old
: reviews. Case in point; George spends a lot
: of his Genesis page mindlessly shitting on
: Tony Banks while John points out Tony's
: actual faults a musician but acknowledges
: Tony as a key part of the band's sound.
: The first time I learned about Genesis and
: even prog rock was from George's page on
: Genesis when I was 15. Previously, I only
: knew of them from a greatest hits album of
: their eighties incarnation so I was
: fascinated in this amazing new music. But
: for the longest time, George had me
: convinced that Banks was the closest thing
: you could get to a "musical
: villain" You know, dastardly plotting
: synth solos at every corner to ensure that
: sweet angel Steve Hackett could never get a
: guitar note in edgewise. Anything I disliked
: about Genesis I would attribute to Tony and
: his horrible mellobanks and pian-onys.
: Does anyone see the sheer retardation in
: thinking like that?
: --Previous Message--
: Shockingly, even now after all these years,
: there are still those out there yelling
: "Starostin clone".
: "I stumbled across your site and spent
: about 2 hours reading various parts of it.
: It's clear you're intelligent; I'd encourage
: you to find your own voice.
: Your site reads so much like Starostin's
: that it's not worth reading any more of it.
: Both formally (merged rating systems and
: almost identical band star ratings) and
: substantively (e.g., 'your' praise of the
: Beatles or 'your' opinion that David Gilmour
: is too calculated). To paraphrase Starostin,
: why would I listen to Marillion when I could
: listen to Genesis? He does it better - and
: has way way more of it - than you.
: I think if you came up with your own format,
: your own write-up, criteria, etc., you could
: have a site worth reading on its own merits.
: Maybe try deviating from common opinion too
: (how "pantheonic" can "Blonde
: on Blonde" really be with defects like
: "I Want You" or "Absolutely
: Sweet Marie"?).
: Get your own voice - my bet is it'd be a
: good read."
: There's a lot of stupidity in there, but the
: most noticeable bit is where he calls
: "I Want You" a defect. More like
: the best song on the album, IMO.
: But now we can all lovingly refer to John as
: Marillion personified, so that's nice
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