Genesis Icon Steve Hackett’s Pick For His Worst Album


Steve Hackett is known for his exceptional talent and innovative guitar playing that draws influences from various genres, including pop, jazz, blues, world music, and classical music. The guitarist became a significant component of Genesis’ sound with his extraordinarily versatile electric guitar playing and composing. The iconic musician found a solid place in the band’s classic lineup, producing many acclaimed albums.

Hackett’s contribution to the group’s unique sound was beyond argument, yet the guitarist began feeling increasingly uncomfortable with the atmosphere in the band after some point. He sensed that Genesis was becoming a dictatorship due to the dominant leadership of Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. The guitarist thought they didn’t appreciate his songwriting abilities, so he wanted autonomy, leading him to leave Genesis and continue his career as a solo artist. Although he also pursued a remarkable solo career, he wasn’t satisfied with all his produced albums.

What Did Steve Hackett Say About His Worst Record?


Steve Hackett has also kept pushing the boundaries into exciting areas in his solo journey. He has never stopped inventing new sounds and developing different guitar-playing techniques. The guitarist had already stepped into his solo career while in Genesis with his debut album, ‘Voyage of the Acolyte,’ released in 1975. His first post-Genesis solo record, ‘Please Don’t Touch!’ was a departure from Genesis’ progressive sound and his debut album.

The following Hackett albums reflected the guitarist’s experimental style and varied influences. He also didn’t forget to turn back to his progressive rock roots from time to time. Steve Hackett released his latest and twenty-seventh solo studio album, ‘Surrender of Silence’ in 2021. Such a prolific career doesn’t guarantee that all his works were satisfying for the guitarist, though.

In an interview with Louder Sound in 2020, Hackett picked his fifth solo album, 1981’s ‘Cured,’ as the worst record he’s ever made. The album was more pop-oriented than the guitarist’s earlier works. Hackett wouldn’t call it ‘terrible’ or ’embarrassing,’ but he regrets acting with commercial impulses at the time. He said he was under pressure from the record company to produce a more easy-listening album, yet he shouldn’t have surrendered to that commercial pressure.

His worst solo record, in Hackett’s words:

“In 1981, I made an album called ‘Cured.’ It had a Linn drum machine on it. It was also the first time I’d sung. I wouldn’t say that it was terrible or embarrassing or even badly executed, and it does have redeeming features that include ‘The Air-Conditioned Nightmare,’ but in some ways, I gave in to commercial pressures with that one. It’s very much of its time. The 1980s were a trying period for album artists that the record companies wanted singles from.”

You can listen to the album below.