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Inducted in: 2014
Inducted by: Chris Martin
Nominated in: 2014
First Eligible: 2003 Ceremony
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2006 (ranked #122) .
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I think Genesis should be inducted before Peter Gabriel, but definitely think Peter Gabriel should be inducted. He's been in the top 20 on this poll:
I'm personally rooting for Peter Gabriel. I'm not familiar with his Genesis stuff, but I'm a fan of his solo output. Just listened to "So" driving to work today, and it made the gridlock bearable. I wonder why he's been shut out thus far. I wouldn't really classify it as prog; it doesn't really have the gaudy and pointless solos and the songs aren't stupidly long. Admittedly, he's made some weird choices, whistling and African chanting among them. Some truly great songs and moments though. John Cusack in "Say Anything," and the "Sledgehammer" music video is probably video by anyone not named Michael Jackson.
Posted by Matt on Thursday, 01.25.07 @ 21:11pm
Probably the best video by anyone not named M.J. Typo. Sorry.
Posted by Matt on Thursday, 01.25.07 @ 21:13pm
I'd like to see Genesis and King Crimson get their Hall invite so that Peter Gabriel could procede without obstacle.
Posted by shawn mc on Sunday, 06.24.07 @ 23:53pm
Overall, I just can't stand Gabriel - seeing him walking around on the circulaR stage with that stupid robe and the african drummers - it is 'SO' over the top - yuk
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 05:45am
Peter Gabriel is probably my favorite artist who is not yet inducted in the RRHOF. Egregious omission thus far. Shawn Mc hit several good points. "So" is simply one of the best (and best sounding) pop records of any decade. "Us" is excellent also. His solo debut record is brilliant, the sound of a man finally free of the confines of his previous group and exploring sounds that he felt he couldn't before (not all of it works, but overall the effect of that debut is astounding). His third record broke a lot of ground, had some extremely innovative music on it, and was very influential. All the criteria for induction are there for that 3rd record alone. "Passion" is brilliant and mesmerizing as well. Gabriel has probably done more to bring pop and other music from other regions (we call call it World Music if you want) to western ears (through his own use of it in his music and through the WOMAD festivals that he organizes and through his Real World record label) than any other Western rock artist (and I include Paul Simon here).
Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 07:27am
Well, let's see.
Posted by Creepozoid on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 07:35am
"Well, let's see.
Posted by shawn mc on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 09:12am
Genesis significantly better after Gabriel? Are you on crack, 'Zoid? Shawn makes a good point, other than the fact that "Trick of the Tail" and "Wind and Wuthering" were also post-Gabriel (the first two after he left). What Shawn should have said was: do you honestly think "Invisible Touch" and "We Can't Dance" are better than "Selling England By the Pound" or "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"? Most music is subjective, but that kind of question can be answered with a purely objective response that the Gabriel era of Genesis was much better that the Collins era (which I actually do not mind, by the way). But there is no comparison. As to "His solo songs suck"...you are a musical moron.
Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 10:16am
That's a rather large "other than" Dez, isn't it! I'm laughing at my goof - what a tool I just made of myself.
Posted by shawn mc on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 10:56am
"Gabriel has probably done more to bring pop and other music from other regions (we call call it World Music."
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 22:18pm
Invisble Touch is Genesis' best song by a wide margin (No I'm not defending I Can't Dance; don't put words in my mouth.
Posted by Creepozoid on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 00:55am
Anon, are you talking about the video for "In Your Eyes" with Youssou N'Dour, and the African drums because of, well.. the drums in the song?
Posted by shawn mc on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 00:57am
"Kiss my ass, shawn and dez"
Posted by shawn mc on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 01:25am
"All it took was one 20 year old video to make you find Gabriel repugnant? Did you experience a childhood trauma that involved a man dancing in a bathrobe?""
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 06:23am
"Yeah, as if he only did that "once" - do you really believe that?"
Posted by shawn mc on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 12:37pm
So, I guess you like wathching your favorite rock star prancing around the stage with a robe on....playing "world" music with "African" drum beats and the "sounds of Brazil." What is that expression?...whatever turns you on...sorry just not my cup of tea
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 16:57pm
"Sledgehammer" was one of the best Pop songs of the 80's.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 17:38pm
Ha-ha-ha-ha.... Ok Anon, prancing Peter is not your bag; that's fine. You made me laugh.
Posted by shawn mc on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 18:01pm
I thought the imagery of the whole thing was a bit funny too....but, don't get me wrong, I thought "So" was a very good album. I just thought after that he went in a different direction that I personally did not like. That being said, his induction to me would be fine....he was certainly innovative, just not my thing.
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 18:19pm
"Don't you want to also make some kind of a homosexual pejorative, Creep? That seems to be your style."
Posted by Creepozoid on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 02:17am
Posted by J-Love on Saturday, 06.30.07 @ 17:16pm
Peter Gabriel has had a Hall-worthy career. Strange he hasn't even been nominated yet. I think he'll get in within the next 5 years.
Posted by c.w. on Thursday, 07.26.07 @ 19:49pm
Fantastic musician, but Genesis should be inducted as a whole before any of the members are considered as solo artists for induction.
Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 10.16.07 @ 17:17pm
Peter has earned a place in the RnRHoF. Unlike his Genesis counterparts, Gabe has done many innovative things in his post-Genesis career. His third album was groundbreaking on many musical and technical levels. He's a unique performer and is one of the most memorable live artists that I've ever seen.
Posted by bp on Saturday, 12.15.07 @ 08:29am
I don't always agree with Gabriel's political views, but anyone who says his solo songs "suck" is certifiably retarded. Gabriel is a musical genius.
Posted by David on Tuesday, 01.1.08 @ 12:48pm
Nah. Gonna have to stick Gabriel in with Genesis and leave his solo career outside. He's not really very influential (compared to Brian Eno, for instance), so I'm passing.
Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 03.5.08 @ 16:08pm
Peter Gabriel isn't the "world music" innovator that some people think...My first real conscious exposure to it was "Graceland" by Paul Simon (which was an interesting album), which predates Peter Gabrial's endevours by a bit, if I'm not mistaken. I'm sure there was some before that I'm just not aware of...
Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 03.5.08 @ 16:27pm
Paul Simon's "Graceland" came out in August 1986 two months after Gabriel's "So" Also Peter Gabriel was the first musician to make people aware of apartheid in South Africa with his song "Biko" six years earlier. (Steve Biko's story became the basis for the film "Cry Freedom") Paul Simon was maybe the first person to make world music commercially accessible, but Peter Gabriel has been involved with world music from his 1980 self-titled third album onwards
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 03.5.08 @ 18:06pm
I kinda remember that...thank you for the clarification!!
Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 03.5.08 @ 19:35pm
"Peter Gabriel has been involved with world music from his 1980 self-titled third album onwards"
Posted by Liam on Friday, 03.28.08 @ 12:20pm
I just listened to 'San Jacinto' today. That's one of my favorite songs.
Posted by Matt. on Tuesday, 09.16.08 @ 18:21pm
Gabriel is one of only two angels mentioned by name in the Bible. Michael (Daniel 10:13;12:1) is the other. Gabriel's name means "God is my hero/warrior."
Posted by classicrocker on Thursday, 09.18.08 @ 17:50pm
Peter Gabriel has been criticized from the beginning. The main ones who have attacked him are generally music critics who couldn't hack it in their own puerile attempts at music, so they look for, in the words of Pete Townshend- "someone to shit on, who can't sue them".
Posted by Midnight Rocker on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 02:18am
Posted by RAKER on Monday, 10.27.08 @ 06:42am
Peter Gabriel has covered such a wide range of different types of music throughout his career. Listen to songs like "Sledgehammer" and "In Your Eyes" then go back and listen to some stuff from his Genesis days like "The Knife", "In The Cage", "Firth of Fifth", or any of those Genesis songs for that matter. Its hard to believe that its the same guy. The guy has such a unique voice, the best of any male singer i know of. His stage presence is second to none. He doesn't just play live music, he puts on a show - and it started with dressing up as characters during Genesis shows (my favorite being the bat wings and green eyes during "Watcher of the Skies"). Some of his solo stuff is a little corny but it makes it that much cooler because of his prog rock, badass, musical genius days with Genesis. Its cool knowing that a guy who had a past with awesome, unique, and just unbelievably great sounding rock and roll MUSIC completely changed his style to a totally different, but still great solo career. Plus he looks like a totally different guy with the short hair compared to the really long hair with Genesis. That said, he still has a lot of great solo songs, my favorite being "Solsbury Hill". Overall, Gabriel's number of great and influential songs, his unique voice, humanitarian efforts, stage presence, and wide range of musicianship should get him in the hall of fame, no question. And im sure he will.
Posted by Luke on Saturday, 11.1.08 @ 23:46pm
Peter Gabriel's a creative genius. The guy's a musical poet and has influenced and worked with such a huge range of other musicians it's a scandal he hasn't been voted in considering some of the other "famers" since. Come on guys pull your fingers out!
Posted by Rob on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 14:44pm
Peter Gabriel is a musical genius, pionner, and innovator. While most of these rock n' roll hall of famers are content with their careers and show no interest in coming up with new ideas, Gabe thrives on always being a step ahead of the rest and exploring new facets of music. He's done that his whole career - using green flourescent make-up, black lights, costumes, exploring progressive rock away from mainstream pop, wild and unique body movements on stage, all sorts of props (bicycle, revolving stage, bubble, and of course costumes with Genesis), and now world music. There is no one better at putting on a performance than Peter Gabriel. And I agree, he has the most unique voice of any singer I've heard and hasn't changed much from his Genesis days. It is the voice of God himself. Too many people in the rock hall I've never heard of. Gabe beats all of them out in my book.
Posted by Nick on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 02:01am
Posted by Kenton Madden on Saturday, 01.10.09 @ 04:04am
The Hall of Shame has become so watered down that it is getting so that any clown can get into the Hall. Peter G.'s body of work with Genesis and solo is extraordinary. Get with it Hall and become a real Rock Hall. Maybe we need to have a radical Hall of Rock in NYC where ROCK grew. Cleveland is really an after thought. Long live real rock and roll and not pop crap.
Posted by Rumi53 on Saturday, 01.10.09 @ 10:57am
I believe I saw the first US tour of Genesis in 1971 when they were playing college campus's. We drove up to Princeton University and saw them in Alexander Hall, an English style theater hall.
Posted by Ed on Thursday, 03.19.09 @ 16:50pm
This was responsible for some of the most influential music videos ever made. All I'm going to say is SLEDGEHAMMER.
Posted by SSR on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 13:43pm
Both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins had some interesting material during thier solo careers, but neither career is more deserving than Genesis itself. The induction of Genesis is a must(IMO), but both of thier solo careers get maybes.
Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 07.19.09 @ 12:57pm
Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 07.24.09 @ 23:12pm
I'm afraid with Genesis being inducted, the Peter Gabriel solo induction will be off the table for quite some time now. I would have rather seen him being inducted by himself since I've been a fan of his solo work for 20-odd years but never been very keen on either the prog-rock he did with Genesis nor the pop-rock from the Phil Collins era. However I also hope that same applies to the latter. I see it as a rather pragmatic choice of the committee to include the whole bunch in one sweep.
Posted by denyo on Wednesday, 03.24.10 @ 19:45pm
I don't know if I'd call it a glaring omission like Shawn or Dezmond would (keep in mind I haven't listened to all of it), but I wouldn't have a problem with him being inducted either. Most likely won't happen though.
Posted by Sam on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 17:47pm
I would have thought Gabriel would have been a shoo-in, inducted even before Genesis was.
Posted by Scott on Thursday, 05.20.10 @ 14:31pm
Lou Reed's solo career wasn't anywhere near as important as the Velvet Underground. I'm not saying that it's bad; in fact, it's had some very memorable songs, just that it doesn't cut it on it's own as far as being Hall worthy (just my opinion.) And I'd love to see Gabriel get in, but with Genesis being in they're probably not going to give him a second look (though Genesis of course deserved induction.)
Posted by Sam on Sunday, 06.6.10 @ 16:50pm
Happy 61st Birthday, Peter Gabriel
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 02.13.11 @ 00:51am
Two words--"Supper's Ready". 26 minutes of insane vision, artistry, intelligence, performance art, and music. Check out any full version on YouTube and you'll see why PG merits instant inclusion.
Posted by David Fish on Wednesday, 09.28.11 @ 14:23pm
I would induct him as a solo artist.
Posted by Mr.Stone on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 11:55am
The three most innovative pioneer singer/songwriters not in the hall, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and Nick Drake, ALL happen to be progressive (prog) versions of their genres!
Posted by mikhail on Sunday, 12.30.12 @ 02:00am
Why I think the HoF has become a complete sellout and a joke - Metallica got in, but no Iron Maiden, no anthrax, no megadeth... etc. Let alone no Peter Gabriel.
Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 03.20.13 @ 17:05pm
Bowie used the gated drums effect on Low, which came out 3 years before Melt
Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 03.20.13 @ 18:02pm
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Who Will Vote For Peter Gabriel
Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.18.13 @ 10:48am
Peter Gabriel is the only nominee this year who is already an inductee. He gets to vote for himself. Who else do you think Peter Gabriel will vote for? Peter Gabriel's ballot:
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.19.13 @ 20:03pm
Peter Gabriel's first album is great, his second is quirky and uneven and not amongst my favorites. Peter Gabriel's third album is an absolute masterpiece, his fourth, "Security" is another magnificent album. "So" is another masterpiece. "Plays Live" is fantastic. "New Blood" is astonishing, his reworking of his greatest songs breathes new life into them. His concerts and videos are works of art. Does he deserve immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? I vote yes, absolutely!
Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 10.25.13 @ 05:41am
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.17.13 @ 06:34am
It's probably already been decided, but I think it would be great if Kate Bush inducted Peter Gabriel.
Posted by Eric P on Sunday, 03.2.14 @ 16:06pm
Today is Peter Gabriel's 66th birthday. Happy Birthday, Peter Gabriel and thank you for over 45 years of great music, influence and for continuing to remain innovative.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 02.13.16 @ 07:58am
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