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15. Peter Gabriel

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An internal argument stemmed within NIHOF as to where to rank Genesis, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel on this list. Unlike New Order/Joy Division we never considered combining them; it just didn’t feel right or frankly even remotely appropriate. With Genesis getting in last year, the current debate now is where to rank those who had brilliant solo careers that followed. Though Phil Collins may have been on the radio more, we felt that there was no way that his career really was more significant than Peter Gabriel’s.

When the world first discovered Peter Gabriel it was as the eccentric and flamboyant lead singer of Genesis. After splitting with Genesis and starting a solo career, Gabriel moved away from the Progressive Rock sound and was able to create radio friendly songs that still kept true to his eccentric nature. Gabriel was also able to incorporate his work into the video medium, creating groundbreaking videos (Shock the Monkey, Sledgehammer, Digging in the Dirt for example) that pushed the visual medium. His main focus of late has been the production and expansion of World Music showing that music truly is the great common denominator. Gabriel got in as a member of Genesis; will the Hall feel they can now overlook his solo career?

 

 

 

 


Peter Gabriel

The Bullet Points:

 

Previous Rank:

2010: #17


Eligible Since:

2002

 

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (Chobham, England)


Why He Will Get In:

He was a true groundbreaker in multiple music mediums.


Why He Won’t Get In:

Does the induction of Genesis mean the Hall will ignore his solo work?


Nominated In:

Never


Essential Albums:

Peter Gabriel I (1977)

Peter Gabriel III (1980)

So (1986)

Us (1992)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
 

Solsbury Hill (From Peter Gabriel I, 1977)

I Don’t Remember (From Peter Gabriel III, 1980)

Games Without Frontiers (From Peter Gabriel III, 1980)

Shock the Monkey (From Peter Gabriel IV, 1982)

Digging in the Dirt (From Us, 1992)

 


www.petergabriel.com

 

 

 


Should Peter Gabriel be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 70%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10%
Last modified on Saturday, 16 March 2013 16:48
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+1 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-29 19:00
I'm thrilled that Peter Gabriel is in the Hall with Genesis, as he should be, but his outstanding, groundbreaking solo work should also be recognised. Also....Peter owes his former Genesis bandmates some Hall Of Fame thanks, as he was the only Genesis man to not show up at the band's induction (some garbage about having to rehearse with an orchestra for a European tour, blah blah blah). If it wasn't for Genesis, you wouldn't HAVE a solo career, Peter. So, when you get inducted in the Hall as a solo artist---and you will be---THANK YOUR GENESIS BANDMATES! Thanks. :-)
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-1 #2 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
in your eyes and solsbury hill are enough to put him in. don't like the rest of his stuff however but it si definbitely innovatie and he will get in. someday.
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+2 #3 Sean -0001-11-29 19:00
I like his solo work more than EITHER era of Genesis, personally, though I'll admit Genesis deserved in first since they were both a pioneer of prog-rock and a commercial juggernaut. I think he will eventually get in due to having as large an impact on the merging of African music and rock as Paul Simon did, but not for a long time because Genesis's induction was so recent (even though Genesis SHOULD have been inducted many years earlier than it was).
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0 #4 LJT 2013-03-26 13:49
Three folks who should be in the R&RHOF:
1. Chicago
2. Bruce Johnston is a REAL Beach Boy. He should be in with them.
3. Joe Cocker
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0 #5 Denny 2013-05-02 15:21
Take all these performers and stack their accomplishments against Paul Revere and the Raiders and they pale what that band did in the 60's and 70's. There are plenty of others already in the RnR Hall that had less notablility that these guys, they are getting the biggest screw job of all!!!
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-1 #6 biograph 2013-05-12 04:32
He deserves it more than Genesis does. If Phil Collins gets the nod as a solo artist before Gabriel, it'll be time to give up on that Hall........
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-1 #7 mike dobey 2014-01-02 17:53
he is in for his solo work now. so he shouldn't be on this list anymore. that's number two for him. and kiss got in too. that's all good.
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