I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

I Know What I Like ( In Your Wardrobe ) (English for "I know what I like ( in your wardrobe) " ) is the first chart placed song by British rock band Genesis. The song was released as a single in the UK in August 1973 with the not appeared on the album song " Twilight Alehouse " as the B-side.


I Know What I Like has also appeared as a song on the album Selling England by the Pound. It is a happy piece and offers a change of pace after the opening piece Dancing with the Moonlit Knight.

The text of the piece tells how many of Peter Gabriel's pieces in his time with Genesis, a story. It portrays a young man who earns his living with lawn mowing and whose philosophy is to stay as it is and not have to spend great deeds. The text was inspired by Betty Swanwicks painting The Dream, which was used as a cover for the album.

The song has a slight touch of Eastern music, emphasizes percussive and with sitar motifs by Mike Rutherford. Steve Hackett used various effects to the sound of a lawn mower to produce.

Later versions of the piece, as on the live album Seconds Out reported extended instrumental passages on. In the film, Genesis: In Concert is to see how Phil Collins Show- insert lists a dance with a tambourine during the song.

The piece was the only pop hit in the early years of the band and was the biggest success of the band before Phil Collins was the lead singer of the band.

The piece was played on tours The Way We Walk and Turn It On Again Medley with the other old Genesis pieces.

Cover versions

In 1993, the former lead singer of Marillion, Fish, on a cover for his album Songs from the Mirror.

Occupation of the original recording

  • Peter Gabriel: vocals and flute
  • Steve Hackett: guitar and vocals
  • Mike Rutherford: Bass and Electric Sitar
  • Tony Banks: Organ
  • Phil Collins: drums, vocals and percussion