Trivia / Peter Gabriel

  • Based on a Dream: Both "Here Comes the Flood" and "Red Rain" were inspired by Gabriel's dreams.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time", in which a singer normally known for combining art rock and world music scores two huge hits with a Stax soul throwback and a funk-rock tune, respectively. In terms of lyrics, both songs (especially "Sledgehammer") also have a much sillier tone than usual for his music. (His later song "Steam" was deliberately given a similar style to "Sledgehammer" in an attempt to ride on the latter's success.)
  • Cut Song: A version of the song "Burn You Up, Burn You Down", featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama, appeared in the initial pressings of Up given out to the press for review, but was then ultimately deleted from the CD prior to release. The song would eventually appear on the greatest-hits collection Hit, in a very different mix, with a sound that more resembled the song's first appearance on Big Blue Ball.
  • Development Hell: In 2002, Gabriel teased that the next album after Up could be a double-album of songs named I/O. Consequently, nearly every new song Gabriel has produced to date has been theorized to eventually be included on I/O. Press interviews even up to 2013 still tossed around I/O as a possible new record title. However, in the fall of 2014, as he continued to record new songs, Gabriel began the dial back the idea of I/O and that the next record could take on a different form. The I/O title, however, has since risen in Gabriel fandom to Chinese Democracy proportions, and even has its own page on The Other Wiki.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Gabriel is really being shocked by the lights he's wearing at the end of the "Sledgehammer" video.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition:
    • New Blood was released as 4-disc deluxe edition including an additional disc of instrumentals, a Blu-ray or DVD of the New Blood concert film and an abridged version of the Live Blood album.
    • In commemoration of the album's 25th anniversary, So was re-released as an 8-disc box set including the album on CD and on audiophile-grade vinyl, the re-mastered 1987 Live In Athens concert film on CD and DVD, a 'So DNA' disc of demos, and a 2nd vinyl record, containing two songs recorded for the record but never released, along with a "Here Comes The Flood"-style piano arrangement of "Don't Give Up."
  • Milestone Celebration: He celebrated the 25th anniversary of So with the "Back to Front" concert tour, where he performed the album in its entirety (along with some other well-known songs in his discography).
  • Name's the Same: He claimed he was unaware that there was a "Barry Williams" who played Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch. until the single was released and it was pointed out to him.
  • Similarly Named Works: Up shares its name with a Pixar film and albums by Right Said Fred and R.E.M.
  • Throw It In!: The powerful drum sound during "Intruder" (from Gabriel's third Self-Titled Album) came from a happy accident courtesy of former Genesis bandmate Phil Collins, who was present as a guest percussionist. The studio he was recording in used a Solid State Logic 4000 console which had a "listen back" circuit, using an omnidirectional microphone with a powerful audio compressor allowing everyone in the live room to be heard. Collins started drumming while the circuit was still engaged, producing a powerful compressed drum sound. The engineers at the studio cracked open the console and rewired it by hand to allow the sound to be recorded to tape.note  The compressed drum sound was then put through a sound gate, resulting not only in "Intruder"'s distinct gated reverb percussion, but also created Collins' own trademark drum sound, though it wouldn't be until the technique's use on Collins' own "In the Air Tonight" that gated reverb would become the popular percussion style of the 1980's.
  • What Could Have Been: David Bowie declined to cover one of Gabriel's songs for And I'll Scratch Yours. Granted, we got Brian Eno instead (who's pretty awesome in his own right), but it was still pretty disappointing. Radiohead also dropped out of the project.
    • Gabriel's decision not to reunite with the "classic Genesis" lineup in 2007 to tour The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway may count as well.
    • For the film Say Anything... Cameron Crowe wanted "In Your Eyes", Gabriel requested a rough cut of the film before he licensed the song. He told Crowe yes, but that he was disturbed by the overdose at the end. The producers had sent him the film Wired (a John Belushi biopic) instead.


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