7-28718 Sledgehammer
Produced by Daniel Lanois and Peter Gabriel
Released on April 1986
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . .
US CHART POSITION #1 (charted May 10, 1986: 21 wks)
Find it at GEMM
7-28718 wo. picture sleeve  

Gabrielís highest-charting single in the US, a feat aided in no small part by a groundbreaking video that garnered constant rotation on MTV (sadly, Americans watch tv more than they listen to the radio). Some sources refer to an extended version of the A side, others to an edited version; not that I doubt it, but I havenít held them in my hand either. The flip side on the 7-inch single is a nonalbum track, ďDonít Break This Rhythm,Ē unique to the Sledgehammer singles. If the flip side sounded a little sketchy compared to the tracks on So, the melange of dry rhythms and muted melodies would have felt right at home on the subsequent Us. Itís a B side worth tracking down (and handily done). Picture sleeves for the 7-inch singles (as well as the German CD single) featured a sledgehammer in motion.

7-28718 picture sleeve
7-28718 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

    7-inch single...
  1. SLEDGEHAMMER    (Peter Gabriel)    4:58
  2. DON'T BREAK THIS RHYTHM    (Peter Gabriel)    3:50

    UK 12-inch single...
  3. SLEDGEHAMMER (EXTENDED VERSION)    (Peter Gabriel)    5:37
  4. DON'T BREAK THIS RHYTHM    (Peter Gabriel)    3:50
  5. I HAVE THE TOUCH ('85 REMIX)
  6. **BIKO (12" EXTENDED MIX)

    12-inch promotional single...
  7. SLEDGEHAMMER    (Peter Gabriel)    4:58
  8. SLEDGEHAMMER (EDIT)

    US/CAN 12-inch single...
  9. SLEDGEHAMMER (EXTENDED DANCE REMIX)
  10. SLEDGEHAMMER (EXTENDED MIX)
  11. DON'T BREAK THIS RHYTHM    (Peter Gabriel)    3:50
  12. I HAVE THE TOUCH ('85 REMIX)

CREDITS

PETER GABRIEL --
Kevin Killen -- engineer

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1986 Virgin 7" PGS1 picture sleeve
UK April 1986 Virgin 12/CSS PGS 112 see UK 12" listing
UK April 1986 Virgin 12 PGS 113 UK 12" listing w. bonus track (**)
US 1986 Geffen 12PRO PRO-2462 see 12" promo listing
US/CAN 1986 Geffen 12 20456 see US/CAN 12" listing
US/CAN April 1986 Geffen 7" 7-28718 picture sleeve
BRA 1986 Charisma 12 1008 075 see UK 12" listing
GER 1986 Virgin 7" 108 038 100 see 7" listing
GER/SPA 1986 Virgin 12/CDS 608 038 see UK 12" listing
ITA 1986 Virgin 7" VIN 45186 see 7" listing
JPN 1986 Virgin 12 14VA-9011 see UK 12" listing

 

progrography

© 2003 Connolly & Company. All rights reserved.