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Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill (1977)

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Solsbury Hill is located near Bath, where Peter Gabriel would often stroll. It became the setting for his all-important first single as a solo artist after leaving Genesis. It was a big deal for him and the lyrics say it all: “My heart going boom boom boom/’Son’, he said ‘Grab your things, I’ve come to take you home’. The song is the second track on the first volume of Peter Gabriel’s eponymous body of work, later retitled Peter Gabriel 1 (Car). Despite his trepidation, it’s incredibly uplifting sound. Have a great weekend.

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Peter Gabriel – Intruder (1980)

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‘Intruder’ is the opening song off Peter Gabriel’s third and arguably best solo album. The Melt album saw the reunification of former bandmates Gabriel and Phil Collins. The latter’s instantly recognisable gated snare drums, which became one of the signature sounds of the 1980s.

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Bon Iver – 33 “GOD” (2016)

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Mr. Vernon, are you morphing into Mr. Gabriel? I do hope so. ’33 “GOD”‘ is off Bon Iver’s album 22, A Million, released on Jagjaguwar earlier this year.

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School of Language – Dress Up (2014)

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Field Music’s David Brewis has the solo side project School Of Language. His sophomore long player Old Fears features ‘Dress Up’, a blue-eyed splash of electro-funk. Dare I say it, there are touches of 1980s Genesis in there too. And don’t get me started on the Peter Gabriel video.

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Genesis – I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (1973)

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If it was not for the Lamb Lies Down, 1973’s Selling England By The Pound would be Genesis’s finest album. And in amongst the epic prog outs (Firth Of Fifth, The Cinema Show…) there is this four minute pop classic. ‘I Know What I Like’ notably features another of Peter Gabriel’s slacker anti-heroes, a sitar, a flute and Phil Collins doing a pretty good job on the drums.

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Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle (2011)

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Like a cross between Peter Gabriel and Modest Mouse, Bombay Bicycle Club bring us the summery sound of ‘Shuffle’. Using a piano sample, hand claps and funky bass that loop around the lead vocals of Jack Steadman, the band had created a headline single for their 2011 album A Different Kind of Fix.

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Villagers – I Saw The Dead (2010)

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The first time I put on the The Villagers’ Becoming A Jackal, I could hear the past. Not only are Conor O’Brien’s lyrics sepia-toned, but the music also draws on influences I admire greatly. Passing over the Love-tinged folk-pop of the title track, I select ‘I Saw The Dead’ for the sound of Peter Gabriel’s Genesis. It’s a dark start for an album and a cold week. Have a good one.

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Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (2012)

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No mention of 2012 can exclude the ubiquitous sound of Wouter De Backer, a Belgian-born Australian who goes by the stage name Gotye. Released in February, Making Mirrors is Gotye’s third studio album and includes the hit ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ featuring Kimbra. He wrote and produced the song in his parents’ barn in Australia and duly created one of the biggest-selling digital singles of all time. The vocal sound draws comparisons to The Police and Peter Gabriel, which will please those that own their back catalogue.

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Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes (1986)

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I heard Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes’ over the weekend. It was sunny and I smiled … memories, guilty pleasure, call it what you will. I had a moment. Off Gabriel’s commercial behemoth of an album, ‘So’ – this was 1986. Enjoy the week.

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Genesis – Back in NYC (1974)

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The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was Peter Gabriel’s swansong long player with Genesis. And it was an ambitious one. The concept of their 6th studio album was about a Puerto Rican youth named Rael living in NYC, who aims to rescue his brother John from an underground world of nightmares. The album’s full of gems, but I’ve plumped for ‘Back in NYC’ for its unusual edge. “I see faces and traces of home back in New York CITY!” Genesis (or should that be Gabriel) never sounded so angry.

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