1986 Peter Gabriel
Stephen R. Johnson
Sledgehammer cleaned up at the VMAs, winning nine awards - still a record. The video uses a mix of animation styles, including claymation, pixilation, and stop motion. Peter Gabriel had to stay under a sheet of glass for 16 hours while filming the video while animators moved objects above him, one frame at a time.
“A true classic – one that appears in all the “best videos ever” lists and somewhere near the very top of any self-respecting “best animated video” chart. It’s influential, it’s memorable, and it’s arguably downright filthy.” – Anna Pickard, The Guardian
“Nowhere is Peter’s prowess in making music videos more evident than on the visual for “Sledgehammer,” from Gabriel’s 1986 album So. But he had a lot of help from frequent collaborator and director Stephen R. Johnson as well as the skilled and innovative animators from the Brothers Quay and Aardman Animations who added the video’s iconic claymation and stop motion animation.” – Nate Todd, JamBase