Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – Part 1

A reaction to Genesis’ album ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’.
Fair use… or ‘fair dealing’. The definition of fair dealing will always be a matter of fact, degree and impression. Does my video affect the market for the original work? No. No-one can ‘use’ my video as a direct replacement for the original work. It is not a substitute for it and it will not cause the owner to lose revenue. In fact it will likely increase revenue due to my ‘promotion’ of said work. Many have already stated they will buy albums due to my recommendations.

Is the amount of the original work I have used reasonable and appropriate? Was it necessary to use the amount taken? ‘Reasonable’ is definitely subject to interpretation. I would argue that it is indeed appropriate to use the whole album when I am ‘reacting’ to the entire album. My reaction necessitates that I use the whole work. Where it is necessary to ‘copy’ all of a work for the purposes of criticism or review you have to sufficiently acknowledge the work. I do this every step of the way. At no point will anyone be under the impression that I created the original work! Furthermore, my additions to the original work are transformative in nature.


  1. I’ll be honest with you. Loved this slab of vinyl (remember I’ve yet to listen to sides 3 & 4!). So much so that I will probably listen to it again in a minute. I was led to believe this album would be ‘difficult’. Am I to assume that sides 3 & 4 will go downhill somewhat?

  2. It makes no sense at all. how is it that I am the only other comment on this experience. That was a great deal of fun. Quite a few chuckles for me. i am a big “reactor” watcher and that was the most gritty in your face straight ride with you vid i have ever heard. I am one of those originals with this album (sorta). Would have been about 16 years old back in 79 when i finally grabbed this album having spent maybe 2 or three years with previous albums Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound. Needless to say a million listens later i don’t mind a bit as you wail away (you have a good ear) over top of the album and with furrowed brow agonize over the lyrics. A miillion listens and I can’t say i get it all either, or any of it. i have my theories though. Rael is code for Gabriel. “Sunshine in my stomach” is LSD. I’ve always taken this album as a mix of that. Gabriel had a bad trip and a bad trip (I had good one) is a dark journey into ones own anxiety and thoughts and struggle to stay on top of those thoughts. It’s a bit of knowing maybe too much all at once and shitting your pants at too much internal reality to digest in one take but unable to turn it off.. So for me my theory is that with the Lamb you get a glimpse inside Gabriels’s personal crisis of mind…his journey to the dark side and then his return to realization and reality and maybe even a better place on the other end. Course you’ll have to ask him.

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