51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 11: Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer

1986 is one of my favourite years. It’s the year I moved to live and work in London and where I’d spend the next 27 years of my life partying (well, not quite every night). With that in mind, can you guess which year this week’s featured song is from?

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Peter Gabriel did something amazing in 1986. Not only did he release ‘Sledgehammer’, but he also had put together a brilliant video to accompany the song, which would go on to win many awards.

I can’t even guess how long it must have taken to put the whole video together but, when it was first shown, I remember being captivated by it. However, unlike some other songs which I have shared with you in this feature, this video came with a song that was just as excellent as the video.

Although Sledgehammer only made it to the number one spot in Canada and the U.S.A, it became a worldwide hit helped, many would say, by the video that accompanied it. I was one that disagreed with that statement because I would have brought my copy of Sledgehammer even if I had not seen its video.

The song and video went on to win no less than ten awards in 1987, including best visual effects in a video. I wonder how such a video would fair in today’s world given the leaps we have made with special effects?

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Marie, Barbara, Graeme, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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