Great song | Reviewer: Genesis Fanatic | 1/20/13
I purchased the extended version of Land of Confusions and found this gem! I could not believe it did not make the album. I used to play it all the time and thought the message was awesome! Years later I purchased Genesis Archive #2 and was excited to see it on the playlist. I remember years ago on Friday Night videos the band was on and Tony Banks talked about one day releasing an album of "B" singles. Thank God they did.
"You reap what you sow" FTF Review | Reviewer: poltergiest801 | 11/3/12
I have a different take on this than the other reviews I have seen. I think the message an expansion and explanation of a Biblical quote and an observable phenomenon. Specifically, by accepting the unacceptable because one feels "powerless" to stop it is a rationalization which allows evil (bad, amoral, inhumane, etc.) to become acceptable. As a result, it does occur and the passive enablers as well as the active participants suffer the same consequences (are consumed by it) equally. Also, I think it would have fit very well on the album.
Aging Monster | Reviewer: Geodude | 8/1/12
When I first heard it, I immediately thought this song to be in the style of Rocky-esque training montage song (like Eye of the Tiger). I suddenly woke up to this song in my playlist and actually noticed the lyrics in full detail and realized, "Holy shit, this really IS a montage song!", as its message appears to be, "You're such a wimp, causing your own inadequacy and demise from your own cowardice." (Puns in my name and the title of this posting very intended.)
Speculations on FTF | Reviewer: Random Creeper on the Internet | 9/30/11
I think this masterpiece might be about Tipper Gore's parental stuff around this time. Maybe they're saying she's feeding the critics with her censorship ideas and that she's taking it all too hard (subtle Genesis pun unintended).
Sometimes I wonder why only 8 tracks made it into the Invisible Touch album - all of them brilliant, nevertheless. Perhaps this didn't make it because of the riff that characterised Squonk and Los Endos on Trick of the Tail. In my opinion this song could have easily qualified in the same way as On the Shoreline could have made it into We Can't Dance (has more substance as, say, Since I Lost You). Well, it was at least released as a B-Side. This song could have fitted in well with the rest of the tracks as it captures the essence of Genesis during that era. Oh, and let's not forget the energy-driven full version of Do The Neurotic. Absolutely amazing!