May 25, 1986 |
Since more and more videos seem to shy away from concepts and settle for lip-syncing, this month's top two videos are all the more welcome. In them, Peter Gabriel's and Lou Reed's directors put them through some heavy changes with eye-catching results. Ratings system: 80-100, don't miss; 60-79, recommended; 40-59, watchable; 20-39, weak; 0-19, wretched. SPOTLIGHT VIDEO: Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer." OK, folks, this may be it: The Best Music Video Ever Made.
December 28, 1986 |
The win, place and show positions in the Times' pop-music writers' 1986 album poll signify a sweep for the old guard. The music they're making these days might be fresh and adventurous, but you'd need a calculator to total the years of experience under the belts of Gabriel, Simon and--a relative newcomer--Costello. That's a sharp contrast to the '85 voting, which crowned "Tim" by the young Minnesota upstarts the Replacements (who didn't release an album in '86). Even fourth-place R.E.M.
May 25, 1986 |
"SO." Peter Gabriel. Geffen. The time may be right for Peter Gabriel. The English singer's multi-personality performances with Genesis were overshadowed by David Bowie in the early '70s, and punk and post-punk drew attention from his first four brilliant solo albums. But in the current drought of artistry, Gabriel stands out as never before. What's more, his first album in over three years offers more of Gabriel's playful and comforting personae than any previous collection.
January 27, 2004 |
Rock veterans Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno are launching a musicians' alliance that would cut against the industry grain by letting artists sell their music online instead of only through record labels. With the Internet transforming how people buy and listen to songs, musicians need to act now to claim digital music's future, Gabriel and Eno argued Monday as they handed out a slim red manifesto at a huge deal-making music conference known as Midem.
December 6, 2013 |
On “Graceland,” his 1986 Grammy Award-winning album, Paul Simon sang a secular lullaby that could've been addressed to the oppressed black multitudes of apartheid South Africa and their moral leader, Nelson Mandela. “These are the days of lasers in the jungle,” Simon intoned on the album's lead-off track, “The Boy in the Bubble.” “These are the days of miracle and wonder / And don't cry baby, don't cry.” Although the ambiguous lyrics seem to refer to a broader human condition, they also evoke the aspirations that were roiling South Africa in the mid-1980s and that Mandela embodied, both within his country and to the outside world. FULL COVERAGE: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
September 17, 1993 |
What does rock singer Peter Gabriel have in common with the Cal State Dominguez Hills women's soccer team? Both will use the same grounds for events this weekend. Gabriel's concert has priority, so the Toros must move two matches to a practice area adjacent to the main field. Gabriel will perform Saturday afternoon as part of the World of Music Art and Dance Organization, which he founded in 1980.
December 12, 2002 |
Peter Gabriel is such a thoughtful and caring artist that his concerts can feel as much like a missionary crusade as a traditional pop tour. He's not interested in just entertaining us, but in bringing us together -- individuals and cultures -- in a cleansing, inspiring experience. With the underlying humanitarianism in his music and manner, his performances could be held in a cathedral as easily as an arena.
November 1, 1992 |
Michael Jackson might be the King of Rock, Pop & Soul--or, hey, might not--but there's still one unofficial and unsolicited pop-royalty title that's not the slightest bit in dispute: Peter Gabriel remains the King of Music Video. Gabriel's riveting "Digging in the Dirt" clip, his first of the '90s, is a cogent reminder that the form can still be an art form, an idea that's been easy to lose sight of during the paltry pickings these last few video years.
July 24, 1993 |
When Peter Gabriel has a great new album, such as 1986's "So," his tours, too, tend to be extraordinary. When the British singer-songwriter has merely a good new album, such as 1992's "US," his tours remain extraordinary. Sense a pattern here? In a frequently exhilarating performance Thursday at the Forum, Gabriel showed he is a singer-songwriter who doesn't go on the road to just play his new songs.