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  •  You tease. What song and album was it then? (2+ / 0-)
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    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:12:21 AM PST

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      "Excuse Me" from Peter Gabriel's first solo album (Peter Gabriel with the car cover). Still have the vinyl, but no turntable. I went and played the entire album in YouTube (in order of course - because your memory cues up the next song and back in those days, albums were generally built as a narrative anyway, even if not a "concept album.")

      Unlike a lot of other music, I haven't listened to this album since high school and beyond "Solisbury Hill" it gets no radio play (and never did) so the memory was firmly housed in the old house!

      •  A fine album, underappreciated, as you say (0+ / 0-)

        I'm very fond of Gabriel's Genesis, and with his first solo album he broadened his sonic palette, and set out to show what else he could do.

        Moribund the Burgermeister grabs your ears, and then he takes you on a tumbling journey. Solsbury Hill, his impressionist account of leaving Genesis, is the stand out, but it's all interesting. The only other song you sometimes hear is Here Comes the Flood, which Gabriel clearly likes, as he's revisited it since then.

        I prefer his third album (melting face), which is so adventurous and full of great songs - but everything he did through So is pretty top-notch.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:00:06 PM PST

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        •  It's all good stuff. I loved "The Lamb (1+ / 0-)
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          Lies Down on Broadway" but it was just a teesny bit self-serious, and also liked and bought Gabriel's second solo. Then something happened and I started going to LA punk clubs and listening to more hardcore and oddly poppy new wave stuff, and stopped listening to Peter Gabriel, although I enjoyed his videos and what I heard on the radio. I think his first album aged really quite well, and wow - "Humdrum" is amazing. More than I remember it being. I did hear "Modern Love" on the radio a little back in the 70's but never now.

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