Best Peter Gabriel Song — Readers’ Poll
Today, Feb. 13, marks Peter Gabriel's 62nd birthday. From his humble beginnings as a drummer, who would've known the shy schoolboy would go on to become one of the most enigmatic and creative frontmen in rock and roll history?
Peter formed Genesis in 1967 with Tony Baknks, and since then has never looked back -- the band released their debut album, 'From Genesis To Revelation,' in 1969 to a resounding lack of enthusiasm, but things would soon change.
Over the next few years, Gabriel parlayed his interest in theater and spectacle into a unique career, and by 1972, Genesis began to turn a few heads. Albums like 'Nursery Cryme,' 'Foxtrot' and 'Selling England By The Pound' earned the band one of rock's most loyal followings.
Gabriel stayed with the band through 1974 and the infamous 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' tour, but the draw of family as well as a feeling that the creative well within the band was running dry led him to venture out on his own. While his first three solo albums, all self-titled, weren't as successful as his work with his former bandmates, he eventually hit pay-dirt with hits like 'Shock The Monkey,' 'Sledgehammer' and 'In Your Eyes.'
Gabriel has always put art before commerce, and in honor of one of the most interesting careers in music, we tip our hat. (We would tip our flower mask if we could find it.)
Happy Birthday, Peter!