SRM-1-3848 Peter Gabriel
Produced by Steve Lillywhite
Released on May 1980
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #22
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SRM-1-3848 cover  

Y ou know the name, look up this number. Peter Gabriel’s third untitled release is as unconventional as his last was conventional. Exotic instruments, inventive arrangements (e.g., prohibiting the use of cymbals) and compelling character studies combine to create something unlike anything else from 1980. Gabriel throws down the avant garde gauntlet with the opening “Intruder,” a nightmarish song that sets the stage for a side-long study of psychoses. No sooner has Gabriel declared “I am the intruder” than we find the felon has already gone over the line in “No Self Control” only to writhe under examination in “I Don’t Remember.” An Oswaldian allegory follows on “Family Snapshots” (beating Godley & Creme’s “Lonnie” to the punch) and closes almost in a celebration of strangeness with “…And Through The Wire” (a precursor to “I Have The Touch”). Side two flips the perspective from the individual against society to society against the individual, “world music” in every sense of the words. “Games Without Frontiers” is a cleverly crafted pop shot at global fighting, the ugly head of prejudice roars on “Not One of Us” and the muted “Lead A Normal Life” rattles in its prison. It’s all leading up to the closing “Biko” (or so it would seem): a larger-than-life ode to Stephen Biko that somehow turns social injustice into a sublime song of martyrdom. For the first time since Lamb, Peter Gabriel was back to pushing envelopes. The album re-affirmed the singer as one of rock’s leading visionaries and ranked among the year’s best efforts (alongside Remain In Light, Scary Monsters and Vienna). More important, it established a workable idiom for Peter Gabriel the solo artist, one he would fine tune over the years but never really abandon.

SRM-1-3848 back cover SRM-1-3848 lyric insert
SRM-1-3848 back cover SRM-1-3848 lyric insert

TRACK LISTING

  1. INTRUDER
  2. NO SELF CONTROL
  3. START
  4. I DON'T REMEMBER
  5. FAMILY SNAPSHOT
  6. ...AND THROUGH THE WIRE
  7. GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS
  8. NOT ONE OF US
  9. LEAD A NORMAL LIFE
  10. BIKO

    "Ein Deutsches Album" track listing
  11. EINDRINGLING
  12. KEINE SELBSTKONTROLLE
  13. FRAG MICH NICHT IMMER
  14. SCHNAPPSCHNUB (EIN FAMILIENFOTO)
  15. UND DURCH DEN DRACHT
  16. SPIELE OHNE GRENZEN
  17. DU BIST NICHT WIE WIR
  18. NORMALES LEBEN
  19. BIKO

CREDITS

PETER GABRIEL -- vocals, piano, backing vocals, synths, whistles, drum pattern
PHIL COLLINS -- drums, drum pattern, snare, surdo
LARRY FAST -- synths, processing, bagpipes, electronic production
ROBERT FRIPP -- guitar, guitar-burst
JOHN GIBLIN -- bass
TONY LEVIN -- stick
JERRY MAROTTA -- drums, percussion
DICK MORRISSEY -- sax
MORRIS PERT -- percussion & solo
DAVID RHODES -- guitar, backing vocals
Kate Bush -- backing vocals (2,7)
David Ferguson -- screeches (11)
Dave Gregory -- guitar (4,5)
Steve Lillywhite -- whistles (7)
Paul Weller -- guitar (6)
Hugh Padgham -- engineer, whistles
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design & photos
Colin Chambers -- liner drawings

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 1980 Charisma LP/CS CDS 4019 lyric sleeve
US May 1980 Mercury LP/CS SRM-1-3848 lyric insert
BRA 1980 Charisma LP 9124 054  
CAN 1980 Charisma LP MIP-1-9465 EIN DEUTSCHES ALBUM
GER 1980 Charisma LP 6302 035 EIN DEUTSCHES ALBUM, lyric sleeve, insert
JPN 1980 Charisma LP 20S-102 lyric insert
JPN 1980 Charisma LP RJ-7637 lyric insert
CAN   Virgin CD   EIN DEUTSCHES ALBUM

 

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