7 Facts About Peter Gabriel’s Groundbreaking Music Video For ‘Sledgehammer’
This month (Feb. 13), Peter Gabriel turns 68. Here, some little-known facts about the singer’s groundbreaking stop-motion music video for “Sledgehammer.”
It’s hard to forget the revolutionary, eye-popping stop-motion visuals for “Sledgehammer,” the first single from Peter Gabriel’s award-winning 1986 album, So.
Released on April 25, 1986 (feel old yet?), the video was an instant classic in a time when creative, think-outside-the-box music videos were still in its infancy. And Gabriel, the eccentric former Genesis frontman who’s never had qualms with pushing the envelope, was at the forefront of musicians who utilized the popularity of channels like MTV as another artistic outlet.
Here, a few things you need to know about “Sledgehammer.”
1. Gabriel credits the song’s success solely on the music video, telling Rolling Stone, “I think it had a sense of both humor and fun, neither of which were particularly associated with me. I mean—wrongly in my way of looking at it—I think I was seen as a fairly intense, eccentric Englishman.”
2. It remains, to this day, MTV’s most-played music video OF ALL TIME!