YMMV / Peter Gabriel

  • Awesome Music: Lots of it.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)", the penultimate track on So. The song is great, but very weird and comes out of nowhere in the context of the rest of the album.
    • "Excuse Me" is this for Car: a melancholy vaudeville-style song (complete with tuba!) in an otherwise (Prog) Rock-style album.
    • "Start", a short, jazzy saxophone solo with minimal backing, bridges "No Self Control" and "I Don't Remember" on Melt.
  • Broken Base: Ask what his best album is, and the responses will vary. While many fans consider So to be his best album, there are a number of fans who consider that album to be overrated and/or a sell-out album, considering one of his self titled albums (or, less frequently, Us or Up) to be his best work instead.
  • Face of the Band: He was this for Genesis before he left.
  • First and Foremost: "In Your Eyes" has been covered by multiple different artists, from Post-Punk to Christian, but none of them have ever even made a dent in the original's popularity.
  • Freud Was Right: Probably intentional. Most of the lyrics of "Sledgehammer" and "Kiss That Frog" are innuendos, and "Big Time" is all about the desire to own a big house, a big car; live in the big city, etc.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "The Barry Williams Show" was written as a serious jab at exploitative daytime talk shows. Not long after that, Weird Al Yankovic would do something very similar, with a comedic overtone, with his "Jerry Springer" song parody.
    • One part of the "Sledgehammer" music video features dancing chickens. Fourteen years later, Aardman Animations, who made the video, would team up with Dreamworks and make an entire movie about chickens.
  • Memetic Mutation: Gabriel's next album (first announced in 2002 and tentatively titled I/O) has become the new Chinese Democracy among fans, with many making all sorts of jokes about how long it'll be before the album finally comes out.
  • Mondegreen: The line "I've been feeding the rhythm" in "Sledgehammer" sounds an awful lot like "I've been peeing in the river".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Paranoia Fuel: "I Don't Remember", "Out Out" (from Gremlins, a grade-A example of this), "Intruder", "No Self Control"
  • Real Life Writes the Song: The song "Family Snapshot" was inspired by the assassination attempt on George Wallace.
    • "Solsbury Hill" documents him leaving Genesis for a solo career.
    • His divorce from first wife Jill, breakup with girlfriend Rosanna Arquette, and at-the-time estrangement from his daughter Anna informed Us.
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