On September 18, 2021 it will be the 40th Anniversary of Genesis' iconic album Abacab. It marked the band's development from their progressive roots into more accessible and pop-oriented songs, and their conscious decision to write songs unlike their previous albums.
The name of the album refers to the song structure as it was originally written: "A" (verse), "B" (chorus), and "C" (bridge) refer to different sections of the song. The song went verse, chorus, verse, bridge, verse, chorus, but it ended up having a different structure. "ABACAB" was just a way for Genesis to remember how it was formed when they started working on it.
Abacab was a brave project for Genesis, transitioning away from their successful sound and style of the 70s. "On that particular record, we were trying to get away from what was, at that point, traditionally Genesis, which was quite flowery and fantasy, and to go to something that was much more stark and abstract. That's why we went for an abstract art painting on the front and gave it this abstract title, Abacab, so, that it didn't conjure up any particular emotion at all. We started with a kind of blank canvas. It worked well as both a song and an album title, I think." said Tony Banks.
Abacab was a smash hit producing four singles, "Abacab" "No Reply At All," "Man On The Corner" and "Keep It Dark" all enjoying enormous airplay. We're big fans of the art duo Van Orton, whose style incorporates the pop culture and the stained glass windows of churches; and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Abacab was the perfect project to get them involved with!
"It was a great honor to be able to represent this poster, because Genesis is one of our favorite bands, we are big fans of Prog. Our style in some moments recalls the stained glass windows of the churches, and the best way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Abcab was to create an original stained glass window" - Van Orton