Peter Brian Gabriel was born on February 13, 1950 and is an English singer-songwriter, producer and humanitarian. He rose to fame as lead singer and flautist of Genesis. Gabriel left Genesis in 1975 and launched his solo career with Solsbury Hill. His bestselling album to date is So (1985).
This post, however is dedicated to Peter Gabriel 3 aka Melt. This was released in May, 1980 and is widely acclaimed as Gabriel’s artistic breakthrough and established him as on of rock’s most innovative musicians. On this album there are two overtly political protest songs, Games Without Frontiers and the anti-apartheid amalgamation of progressive world beat coupling a melodic, easily sung tune with overtones of African spirituality called Biko. The reason this album is often referred to as Melt is its cover photograph by Hipgnosis.
Also memorable about this angular and mechanistic group of songs was that it was seen as so non-commercial that Atlantic Records dropped Gabriel from its roster. Now there’s a decision that I bet someone has regretted for going on nearly 30 years now. Lesson learned, sometimes it is truly best to trust your artist’s vision.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this album a solid 8.
Three or Melt can be heard in its entirety at: