Saturday, 5 September 2009

Solsbury hill / Games without frontiers - Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel released his debut solo single in 1977, after leaving the band Genesis, of which he had been the lead singer since its inception. Gabriel actually wrote the song to explain his reasons for leaving the band. The single reached number number 13 in the UK and number 11 in the Dutch Top 40.

On the other side of this 'Old gold' re-release single is the 1980 single 'Games without frontiers'. This track features Kate Bush on backing vocals: she sings 'Jeux sans frontières' (It took me some years to find that out...). The lyric of the song is a critique of nationalism and war, which the song portrays as essentially childish. This single was Gabriel's second hit, peaking at number 4 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 1022
Found: London, October 17, 1989
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'Solsbury hill' / 'Games without frontiers'

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