Song of the Day: Peter Gabriel, “Sledgehammer”

Peer Gabriel started out as the lead singer for the band Genesis and left in 1975 to pursue a solo career. “Sledgehammer” is the first single off his 1986 album So. Described as dance-rock, blue-eyed soul, and funk, it was a #1 hit in the US and Canada in 1986, and won nine MTV Music awards in 1987, many for the innovative video that accompanies the song.

17 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Peter Gabriel, “Sledgehammer”

  1. Hi John – thanks for this … love the video that accompanies the song … fascinating – take care on this 4th of July – HIlary


  2. He definitely was an odd duck. I’ve seen some of the things he used to do with Genesis and I must say I prefer Phil Collins to him. However, I do like the “So” album. We saw Peter Gabriel with Sting one year. Rock, Paper, Scissors tour it was called. He was relatively normal for that one.


    1. His work with Genesis was more like performance art. Did a lot of stuff with makeup and masks, and the songs were a lot different. It was a little too “out there” for me.

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