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"Every night I'm back at the shack, I'm sure no one is there
I'm putting the aerial up, so I can go out on the air..."

Peter Gabriel, also known by its Fan Nickname Scratch, is the second Self-Titled Album of the Progressive Rock musician of the same name. It was released through Charisma Records in the United Kingdom, and Atlantic Records in the United States, on 2 June 1978.

The album was produced by collaborator Robert Fripp and recorded in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlandsnote . It was originally intended to be part of a loose trilogy of Fripp-produced albums, which also included albums by Daryl Hall and Fripp himself. Much like the self-titled album before it, it sold reasonably well, but it was nothing compared to the self-titled album to come.

Supported by one single: "D.I.Y.".



Side One
  1. "On the Air" (5:30)
  2. "D.I.Y." (2:37)
  3. "Mother of Violence" (3:10)
  4. "A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World" (3:33)
  5. "White Shadow" (5:14)

Side Two

  1. "Indigo" (3:30)
  2. "Animal Magic" (3:26)
  3. "Exposure" (4:12)
  4. "Flotsam and Jetsam" (2:17)
  5. "Perspective" (3:23)
  6. "Home Sweet Home" (4:37)

T.I.Y. (Trope it yourself):

  • '70s Hair: Gabriel sports a bowl cut on the Hipgnosis cover.
  • Bizarre Instrument: Robert Fripp was credited in "Exposure" for "Frippertronics", which is a tape-delay system that would go on to be a fixture in his later work.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The album artwork is in black and white, a trend that continue through most of Gabriel's career.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Much like Car before it, Scratch is an experimental continuation of Gabriel's work in Genesis, prior to the worldbeat sound introduced in Melt.
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  • One-Word Title: "Indigo", "Exposure" and "Perspective".
  • Special Guest:
    • Robert Fripp and future King Crimson bandmate Tony Levin again provided musical contributions to the album.
    • Roy Bittan of the E Street Band provided the keyboards in six of the tracks.
  • Title-Only Chorus: "On the Air", "D.I.Y", "Exposure".

Alternative Title(s): Peter Gabriel 1978