Welcome back to Forgotten tracks. This week we are taking a look at mega star, singer-songwriter: Peter Gabriel. Gabriel was in the British super-group known as Genesis along side Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford (Mike and the Mechanics) and Tony Banks. Gabriel was on the air a lot in the late 70s, 80s and a good portion of the 90s. Let’s check out some of his tunes!
Big time- (pictured above) Another innovative video, following Sledgehammer.
Biko- A lot of Gabriel’s music is politically charged and very emotional. This song I remember from being featured on Miami Vice. It wasn’t until years later, I actually found out what the lyrics were truly about.
Red Rain- Like “In your eyes”, you couldn’t go an hour without hearing this on the radio unless you were not into rock or pop music.
Games without frontiers- Lyrically innovative, and great use of whistling! A classic song from a master songwriter.
Solsbury hill- A big song for Gabriel, his first as a solo artist. Talks about how he felt trapped in the “machinery” and monotony of his former band, Genesis. Sometimes you have to follow your heart and your instincts no matter how illogical that may seem to those around you.
Don’t give up- Another classic Gabriel song that was on Miami Vice. Kate Bush brings such a haunting beauty to this song. One of my favorites.
Shock the monkey- I loved it even before it was used in the Matthew Broderick movie, Project X.
I don’t remember- I will admit, I didn’t hear this song until I got his greatest hits CD in the early 90s.
Intruder- A dark foreboding song. Kind of makes you feel uncomfortable to listen to it. If you listen to the drumline closely it kind of sounds like, “Like China” Which Phil Collins would later record. Which makes sense considering Phil played drums on this track.
In your eyes- You couldn’t turn on the radio for an hour in 1986-1987 without hearing this song. As many times as I’ve heard this tune, it never gets old for me.
Mercy Street- Another song I didn’t know until I got, Shaking the Tree.
Sledgehammer- This video won a few awards for it’s innovation. Pretty good song too.
I have the touch- A great and classic Peter Gabriel song. Was also covered by Heather Nova for the movie, The Craft.
I love doing these write ups, because it reminds me of how fortunate we all are to have artists like these to draw from. Whether it be inspiration, enjoyment or to help us through a rough patch. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it!