“All you do is call me, I’ll be anything you need…”

Many of us 80s kids were too young to remember Peter Gabriel as the lead singer of Genesis (he left in the mid-70s after all), but if you’re a true 80s child, you will, of course, remember his outside-the-mainstream hits like “Shock the Monkey” and “Games Without Frontiers”.

It wasn’t until, oh… pretty much 25 years ago today, though, that he had his first (and only) bona-fide #1 hit. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you “Sledgehammer”:

Featuring the groovy brass intro courtesy of the Memphis Horns, “Sledgehammer” hit our radios like a, hmm… what’s the word? back in the summer of 1986. But as nifty as the tune was, there’s no way to hear the song without thinking about the even more iconic video.

Directed by Steven R. Johnson with claymation by none other than Aardman (“Wallace & Gromit”) Animation, it is, to date, still the most winningest video at the MTV VMAs, nabbing 9 moon men: Best Male Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Overall Performance in a Video, Best Direction in a Video, Best Special Effects in a Video, Best Art Direction in a Video, Best Editing in a Video, and, of course, Video of the Year.

And it’s such a good video that it’s still being celebrated all these years later; a recent Billboard poll named “Sledgehammer” the 6th best video of the 80s.

Personally we think dancing frozen turkeys and an ice-head Peter Gabriel may rate a little higher, but hey… that’s just us.

We ♥ Sledgehammer.


~ by weheart80s on August 3, 2011.

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