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PETER GABRIEL

Peter Gabriel is an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and activist. He rose to fame as the original lead singer of the progressive rock band Genesis. His single, “Sledgehammer,” won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and, according to a report in 2011, it was MTV’s most played music video of all time. Gabriel developed NGO The Elders with Richard Branson, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

Former member of: Genesis

8.9/1010 ratings

billion views

1986
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.
7/103 ratings

billion views

1992
Digging in the Dirt features stop motion animation similar to Gabriel's earlier videos, "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The video uses disturbing images to explore the issues in Gabriel's personal life, such as the end of his relationship with Rosanna Arquette, his desire to reconnect with his daughter, and the self-healing he was looking for in therapy.
7/102 ratings

billion views

1992
The video for "Steam" was directed by Stephen R. Johnson, who also directed the videos for Gabriel's earlier hits "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The director said he wanted to cram the video with as many "things" as possible. The video features digital imagery and numerous instances of sexual symbolism.
6.5/104 ratings

billion views

1986
A puppet caricature of Ronald Reagan is the main character in this video from Genesis. When the president falls asleep, he has nightmares about puppet versions of Mussolini, the Ayatollah, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Tina Turner, Bill Cosby, and of course, members of Genesis. Pope John Paul II makes an appearance on electric guitar.
8.9/1010 ratings
9
1986
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.
7/103 ratings
1992
Digging in the Dirt features stop motion animation similar to Gabriel's earlier videos, "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The video uses disturbing images to explore the issues in Gabriel's personal life, such as the end of his relationship with Rosanna Arquette, his desire to reconnect with his daughter, and the self-healing he was looking for in therapy.
7/102 ratings
1992
The video for "Steam" was directed by Stephen R. Johnson, who also directed the videos for Gabriel's earlier hits "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The director said he wanted to cram the video with as many "things" as possible. The video features digital imagery and numerous instances of sexual symbolism.
6.5/104 ratings
1986
A puppet caricature of Ronald Reagan is the main character in this video from Genesis. When the president falls asleep, he has nightmares about puppet versions of Mussolini, the Ayatollah, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Tina Turner, Bill Cosby, and of course, members of Genesis. Pope John Paul II makes an appearance on electric guitar.

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