Tag: Peter Gabriel

And Through the Wire — A Single-Topic Tumblr

And Through the Wire — A Single-Topic Tumblr

Blogstuff
I've been collecting wire photo images from the internet for several months, and I've been struggling with just how to best share my favorites with all of you out there. I thought about creating a new section in the Ephemera section of this site, and I may still do that, but not now. I also thought about putting them on my Flickr feed, and I'll still do that for some -- but that's more of a personal storehouse than anything else. What I've settled on for now is a brand new, single-topic Tumblr feed. It's called And Through the Wire, and yes that's a reference to the Peter Gabriel song. It's a separate endeavor from my regular Tumblr feed, which is more of a free-for-all thing. This feed will be wire photos and only wire photos, and it'll cover just about any subject area you can thi...
Listening Booth — Peter Gabriel at Rock Werchter, 1983

Listening Booth — Peter Gabriel at Rock Werchter, 1983

Listening Booth, Music
Another day, another listening booth, another great concert for your listening enjoyment. Today I offer up a recording of Peter Gabriel at the seventh annual Rock Werchter festival in Belgium. Gabriel took the stage on July 3 with four solo albums behind him, most recently 1982's Peter Gabriel (aka Security in America). Gabriel was already popular in his native Britain after his time as the lead singer of Genesis, but was just now on the verge of stardom in America thanks to the "Shock the Monkey" single. Remember, although everyone loves "Solsbury Hill" now it wasn't a hit when it was released in 1977. Gabriel and his band are in excellent form here, and the mixture of songs from the first four LPs is great. We even get a preview of "We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)," which wasn...
30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

Featured Posts, Music, TV & Radio
It seems like forever since watching videos on MTV was a regular part of our lives, but once upon a time it was. We could go on and on about how the station -- which turns 30 on August 1 -- turned to crap years ago for one reason or another, or about how the "M" in MTV seems to stand for Mook now, but let's not go there. Let's make this post a happy remembrance, one in which we celebrate what was rather than lament what isn't. So in that spirit of celebration, here is a list of our 30 favorite music videos of the MTV era (which kicked off on August 1, 1981). Not the best videos, necessarily, but the ones that had the most impact on us. Oh, and for you ranking junkies -- sorry, this is strictly in alphabetical order. 1. Daft Punk, "Around the World" In college we had a primitiv...
Pop Culture Capsule — July 20-26, 1986

Pop Culture Capsule — July 20-26, 1986

Capsules, History
Here's a look at America's top movies, music, and books for the week of July 20-26, 1986. TV was in summer rerun mode, but it was pretty much all about The Cosby Show anyway. I remember most of these things (except the books), but I had no idea Patti LaBelle hit #1 over Janet Jackson and Peter Gabriel. Good for her! Top 10 Movies 1. Aliens 2. The Karate Kid Part II 3. Ruthless People 4. Top Gun 5. Back to School 6. About Last Night... 7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 8. Legal Eagles 9. Running Scared 10. The Great Mouse Detective Top 10 Albums 1. Patti LaBelle, Winner in You 2. Janet Jackson, Control 3. Peter Gabriel, So 4. Top Gun soundtrack 5. Genesis, Invisible Touch 6. Billy Ocean, Love Zone 7. Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston 8. Bob Seger, Like a Rock 9. The Moody Blue...
Get to Know… Genesis – Pt. 1

Get to Know… Genesis – Pt. 1

Music
With the recent news of Phil Collins' retirement from music, I thought it would be a good time to run this two-part Genesis overview again (originally published on March 10, 2008). I think a proper assessment of Phil's whole career will reveal that he was an important figure in 20th century popular music, and all the cheesy Disney soundtracks in the world can't take away the great work he did. Since one of my favorite things in the whole world is telling people about music I love, I'm starting a series of overview articles dedicated to some of my favorite bands. Similar guides abound on the Internet, and two sites in particular that produce excellent ones are Popdose and the AV Club. The first entry in the series I've dubbed "Get to Know..." is for Genesis. Depending on your age,...
2010: The Gray Flannel Suit Year That Was

2010: The Gray Flannel Suit Year That Was

Blogstuff
It's been another fun year for me in running this site, and I'd like to thank all of you who visit regularly, irregularly, or even once.  I'd also like to thank everyone who has helped by contributing comments and post ideas.  It's good to know there's at least a few people out there who enjoy my little corner of the intertubes.  Since we're in the midst of year-end review season, let's take a quick look back at the posting year that was 2010 for The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Most Popular Posts This is really what it's all about right?  It's always interesting to me to see what content takes off and what content gets largely ignored.  Since I want to stay positive I'll focus on the former.  So here are the eleven most-popular posts on the site for 2010. #11. Happy Hoff-Day! - Davi
Album review: Amy X Neuburg & The Cello ChiXtet – The Secret Language of Subways

Album review: Amy X Neuburg & The Cello ChiXtet – The Secret Language of Subways

Music
Just when I start to pat myself on the back for expanding my musical horizons so much over recent years, along comes an album like The Secret Language of Subways to set me straight.  The record, a collaboration between English-born composer and vocalist Amy X Neuberg and the Cello ChiXtet, is billed as "a song cycle about the inane and perpetually unfinished businesses of love and war - and New York."  I'm not really sure what that means, but it sure sounds impressive. Make no mistake, this album is definitely Art with a capital A.  The opening track, "One Lie", unfolds slowly before reaching an almost martial crescendo.  It sets the stage for Neuberg's elastic, Kate Bush-like vocals and the playing of the ChiXtet (Elizabeth Vandervennet, Elaine Kreston, and Jessica Ivry), which is alte
Retrotisement – Peter Gabriel III

Retrotisement – Peter Gabriel III

Advertising, Retrotisements
Tucked away on a bootleg Genesis concert recording from 1980 is this little gem I want to share with you.  The concert was aired on BBC Radio in June 1980 and this commercial is for former bandmate Peter Gabriel's third self-titled album - retroactively referred to as Peter Gabriel III or Melt.  The record was Gabriel's strangest and darkest effort to date, and this radio ad brilliantly plays that up.  It intersperses song clips with snippets of people talking about how they use the music to scare pigeons or to put their baby to sleep. God I love British humor.  Sorry, humour. As a bonus I've included the rest of the commercial break.  In it you get ads for a rental Ford Fiesta, a concert (featuring Bob Marley & The Wailers, Average White Band, Q-Tips, and the Joe Jackson Band),
Album Cover of the Week: Peter Gabriel (Car)

Album Cover of the Week: Peter Gabriel (Car)

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Before he released the juggernaut So album in the '80s, before he became one of the West's great World Music ambassadors, and before he emerged as a humanitarian and all-around do-gooder, Peter Gabriel was just a guy trying to find his own musical direction after leaving Genesis. The first step on that path was Gabriel's self-titled debut, released in February 1977.  It's a fascinating document of a uniquely talented artist willing to try anything - even barbershop - to differentiate his work from that of his old band.  And man, that cover... "Guy sitting in a car with raindrops on it" doesn't sound like the formula for a good album cover, but this album (retroactively referred to by many as Car) proves otherwise.  The color scheme, which appealed to Gabriel, appeals to me as wel