Haven’t listened to this one in ages, was pretty excited to put this on and see how well it’s aged in it’s 22 years since I first heard it. Wow. Picked this up over in Montreal for a few Loonies, original pressing, the works. “Red Rain” kicks us off nicely, inspired by Gabriel’s reoccurring dream of drowning in a sea of red. Oh and then “Sledgehammer”… what can you say about this song, Levin manhandles, near-molests the bass while and uplifting, yet surprising slower than I remember rhythm announces an evolution in Gabriel’s sound. A feeling sorta reprised in “Big Time”, a song that, apparently, still conjures up images of Hollywood-style excess when it’s blasting in my ears…
I can’t believe it’s been 22 years since I first played this record. Sorry, that’s kinda blowing my mind right now. I played the hell out of this album. I WAS Peter Gabriel, in my room, air-microphone in hand, romantically singing “In Your Eyes”, bringing the somber on “Mercy Street”, sharing vocals with Kate Bush on “Don’t Give Up” (I’m gonna jump!!! I swear!!!)… Lordy.
I remembered finding out there was a bonus track out there, something about birds with one of my favourite odd balls, Laurie Anderson. It took my friend and I a few weeks to scrimp up a few dollars to buy a second copy the album, this one on cassette, I believe, to hear “This Is The Picture” and marvel at Gabriel’s continued genius, begging the question, “why wasn’t this on the record?!?!” Well, that was a much younger Tsuru, a bit of searching online and blamo, we added that track as a bonus down below. Times done changed, eh?
Amazingly, after all this time, there’s still not a bad track on So, it’s a perfect balance of new & old Gabriel. From it’s dark beginning, all the way to the haunting wails on the finale “We Do What We’re Told milgram’s 37” and the ups & downs in between. It’s aged exceedingly well! Yay!
And, of course, I guess I’d be remissed if I didn’t fondly remember this album, or more specifically the song “In Your Eyes” without mentioning it being immortalized by John Cusack in Say Anything, right? Catapulting Cusack in the hearts of many a young teen ladies (see kids, playing actual instruments is overrated (and kinda creepy), the boombox a.k.a. the “ghetto-blaster” is the way to a girls love emoticons). It’s all about the bravado, the confidence, the ladies love confidence.
Hmmm, I think I had that same boombox… Though, my first car was a 1980 Pontiac Sunbird, $500, lasted 2 years. But the memories of driving to school with two speakers from the house strapped to the back in the hatchback, wires snaking their way through the seats attached to a $20 Western Auto brand stereo blasting prog so loud, much to the chagrin of my fellow students in the school parking lot? Priceless, my friends, priceless….
Okay, time to go enjoy what’s left of the weekend, but time for you to start listening as…
TSURURADIO Presents… So on Vinyl!!!
1 Red Rain
3 Don’t Give Up
4 That Voice Again
BonusPeter Gabriel & Laurie Anderson – This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)