Steve Hackett’s Pete Townshend Influenced Song That Was Left Out Of His Album
Steve Hackett is a talented musician, singer, and songwriter who rose to prominence as Genesis’ lead guitarist between 1971 and 1977. Hackett contributed to six of their studio albums, three live albums, seven singles, and one EP throughout his career with the band.
Hackett joined Genesis after Peter Gabriel answered his advertisement. He started working with the band’s 1971 album ‘Nursery Cryme.’ Hackett began making solo efforts after the writing sessions for ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.’ Due to his lack of freedom, he decided to leave Genesis in 1977.
After leaving Genesis, Hackett focused on solo endeavors. He released his first solo album in 1975 while still a band member. He then made a series of successful releases. The Who’s Pete Townshend inspired Hackett during his solo career for a song, but this piece didn’t end up in his album.
Which One Of Steve Hackett’s Songs Was Inspired By Pete Townshend?
Steve Hackett released his debut solo album ‘Voyage Of The Acolyte’ in October 1975. This record was the only album he worked on and released while still a member of Genesis. The musician had a chance to record ‘Voyage Of The Acolyte’ when Genesis wasn’t that active and worked with several guest musicians, including Mark Rutherford and Phil Collins.
During his tenure with Genesis, Steve Hackett started to write sections of songs in his spare time while recording albums with the band. At that time, he was frustrated by Genesis’ busy touring schedule and thought this affected his creativity. So, he wanted to work with other musicians for a then-unspecified project. After continuing to work for a while, Hackett decided he had enough ideas and material for a solo album.
Due to work on the Genesis album ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ in late 1974, Hackett decided to put his plans on hold. However, he worked on new material in his hotel room whenever possible. Hackett was inspired by Tarot cards when titling ‘Voyage Of The Acolyte,’ its tracks, and the lyrics. However, before releasing the album, he decided to leave one song out of it.
In a 1975 interview with Melody Maker, Hackett said that he tried to play in a style that would bring out the Pete Townshend in himself. He then resembled this playing style to ‘ELO meets The Who,’ which embodies heavy chords, cliches, and baroque-influenced and fast parts. Hackett said this song was inspired by ‘The Fool’ in the Tarot cards, but he didn’t want to use it in the album.
As reported by Genesis Archive, Hackett said the following to Melody Maker in 1975:
“I tried to do one track on my album in that style, bringing out the latent Pete Townshend in me. It was like ‘ELO meets The Who,’ with heavy chords, cliches, and a baroque bit in the middle, all at a crazy speed. It was based on ‘The Fool’ in the Tarot cards, and I ended up not using it in the end. I decided it was too stupid. I wanted a stupid track, but it came out so hammy, it would have been obnoxious.”
So, Townshend’s playing style in ‘ELO meets The Who’ inspired Hackett to write a song, but he didn’t want to use it because he didn’t like the outcome. Moreover, as the track drew inspiration from the Tarot card ‘The Fool,’ its name could’ve been ‘The Fool’ if Hackett had decided to release it.