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.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Gabriel is really being shocked by the lights he's wearing at the end of the "Sledgehammer" video.
  • Hipgnosis: Did the cover art for his first three albums.
  • 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).
  • Similarly Named Works: Up shares its name with a Pixar film and a Right Said Fred album.
  • 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.
  • 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.