‘Sledgehammer’ by PETER GABRIEL (1986)…

Knockouts from the past

31 May 2019

Today 33 years ago, on 31 May 1986, world music legend PETER GABRIEL topped the US Albums Chart with his second album So. Its steamy lead single SLEDGEHAMMER and the spectacular accompanying video clip definitely boosted the LP’s success. Relive the banger right here…


PETER GABRIEL – With His Voluptuary Number One Stomper… SLEDGEHAMMER

When timeless in sound and vision…



Track: SLEDGEHAMMER – no 1 single in the US 31 years ago today (26 July 1986)

Note: stupendous knockout groove about sex (obviously) – innovative video clip…

You could have a steam train
If you’d just lay down your tracks
You could have an aeroplane flying
If you bring your blue sky back
All you do is call me
I’ll be anything you need
You could have a big dipper
Going up and down, all around the bends
You could have a bumper car, bumping
This amusement never ends
I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don’t you call my name
Oh, let me be your sledgehammer
This will be my testimony
Show me round your fruitcage
‘Cause I will be your honey bee
Open up your fruitcage
Where the fruit is as sweet as can be
I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don’t you call my name
You’d better call the sledgehammer
Put your mind at rest
I’m going to be the sledgehammer
This can be my testimony
I’m your sledgehammer
Let there be no doubt about it
Sledge, sledge, sledgehammer
I get it right
I’ve kicked the habit
Shed my skin
This is the new stuff
I go dancing in (we go dancing in)
Oh, won’t you show for me (show for me)
And I will show for you (show for you)
Show for me (show for me), I will show for you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, I do mean you (show for me)
Only you
You’ve been coming through (show for you)
I gonna build that power
Build, build up that power, hey (show for me)
I’ve been feeding the rhythm
I’ve been feeding the rhythm (show for you)
Going to feel that power, build in you (show for me)
Come on, come on, help me do, come on, come on, help me do
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, you (show for me)
I’ve been feeding the rhythm
I’ve been feeding the rhythm

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On his hit album SO…

10 Historic Knockout Singles Turning 40 in… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!


1977! Phenomenal year for knockout punk drones, innovative new generation noise and
David Bowie shining heroically amidst the juvenile havoc. Smell the 7″. Watch the cool artwork. It was hard to make a selection as there were far more than these ten big ones. But the fabulous crackers I chose are, unquestionably, timeless monuments. 24 Karat
Gold and still sounding bloody awesome right now, right here! PLAY VERY LOUD!…

1/ ‘God Save The Queen’ by SEX PISTOLS
“God save the queen / The fascist regime”
Can you believe it, she’s still in charge…

2/ ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’ by RAMONES

Unbeatable bubblegum pop punk. 1-2-3-4

3/ ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll’ by IAN DURY
Imperishable cockney anthem…

4/ ‘Heroes’ by DAVID BOWIE
The late legend’s pure, Berlin inspired, diamond…

5/ ‘Complete Control’ by THE CLASH
Adrenalin fueled chainsaw dealing with Big Brother…

6/ ‘Watching The Detectives’ by ELVIS COSTELLO
Word wizard and songsmith – the alternative king…

7/ ‘In The City’ by THE JAM
Angry young man Weller full steam…

8/ ‘Orgasm Addict’ by BUZZCOCKS
Catchy teenage punk on crushing pop speed…

9/ ‘Peaches’ by THE STRANGLERS
Sexual controversy with a smoking groove…

10/ ‘Oh Bondage! Up Yours!’ by X-RAY SPEX
The wonderful, clamorously outspoken, late Poly Styrene