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3 Best Music Videos by Genesis

by Boris Schipkov

Humor and satire. These are notable features of the best music videos by Genesis. The best music videos by Genesis are "Jesus He Knows Me", "Land of Confusion", and "I Can't Dance".
1. In the beginning of the song "Jesus He Knows Me" Phil Collins says: "I was lying on the bed, and the bed began to go around, And I had this sensation like I was on a miracle round, And then the furniture joined in and then I was in the stars...".

"Jesus He Knows Me". In the end of the first version of the music video Phil Collins cries: "Touch the screen! Heal! Heal! Heal! In the name of Jesus! Heal! Touch the screen!"

2. In 1951 the future 40th US President Ronald Reagan played the role of Psychology Professor Peter Boy in a comedy film "Bedtime for Bonzo". In this film Professor Peter Boy tries to bring up a chimpanzee. The first episodes of the music video of the song "Land of Confusion" with an ape in the bed parody the movie "Bedtime for Bonzo". Also in the music video we see an allusion to the pseudo-philosophical pseudo-science fiction movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" when a big ape hurls a bone in the air. It is interesting that in this moment in the movie we listen the Richard Strauss tone poem "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" after the philosophical and poetic novel "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None" by the great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, where Zarathustra teaches about the Superman, and in the music video the caricatured "Ronald Reagan" puts on the Superman suit. Phil Collins sings: "Oh, superman, where are you now? When everything's gone wrong somehow..."

"Land of Confusion" is reached number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Phil Collins sings the emblematic words: "Too many men, there's too many people, Making too many problems".

3. The song "I Can't Dance".

Phil Collins sings in the song: "No, I can't dance, I can't talk, Only thing about me is the way I walk..." In the end of this music video Phil Collins imitates Michael Jackson's gestures and dances.
"I Can't Dance" is reached number 7 in the US Billboard Hot 100.
The words "The perfect body with a perfect face" remind me of the famous phrase "A human being should be entirely beautiful: the face, the clothes, the mind, the thoughts" from the great play "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.

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