This track from Genesis' second album, Trespass
, was unusually belligerent for the band's early work, which generally consisted of soft, pastoral acoustic textures and poetic lyrics. Tony Banks
recalled to Uncut
magazine October 2008: "'The Knife' was an important song for us to write, because quite a lot of what wed done up to the point was quite soft and acoustic. Peter (Gabriel) wrote what you might call the best bit. We started trying all this extra stuff not just guitar solos, but really structured instrumentals. A lot of the songs had quite simple starting points we allowed ourselves to stretch."Mike Rutherford
added: "Rock theatre was a tag we ended up with. Lyrically, the things that Peter was trying to say in those days, no-one could hear what he was saying because the PA was so bad. So he was trying to act out the songs, so people would know what they were about and that was where the whole thing sort of started. We were painting images, moods, atmospheres so giving it a setting seemed to work well for us."
DeeTheWriter - Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation