Monday, January 21, 2013

#473: Peter Gabriel-Shock The Monkey (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)


#473
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Shock The Monkey"
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Release Date: September,1982
From the Album: Peter Gabriel (1982)



Quick Notes: It's clear why the song was a hit; besides the intriguing video, the song's rather gimmicky arrangement, cramming a ton of instruments into way too little sonic space and dominated by that stuttering four-note figure that's the relentlessly repeated hook, sounded nothing like anything else on the radio at the time. It's also one of Gabriel's finest vocal performances, with a palpable urgency that would be missing from most of his later albums. It's still kinda weird and arty, but "Shock the Monkey" is the first step towards Peter Gabriel's mid-'80s cultural domination.

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