On this day in music history: July 26, 1986 - “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Peter Gabriel, it is the biggest hit for the British singer and songwriter. Influenced by 60’s soul music, especially the Memphis soul sound pioneered by Stax Records, Gabriel hires the Memphis Horns (Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson) to play on the track, as well as features former Ikette P.P. Arnold, Dee Lewis and Coral Gordon on background vocals. Other musicians including Tony Levin (bass), Manu Katche (drums), and David Rhodes (guitar) also play on the track. The songs highly innovative and award winning music video directed by Stephen R. Johnson (“Pee Wee’s Playhouse”) also features contributions from the Aardman Animation Studio (“Wallace & Gromit”) and the Brothers Quay. Filmed using a stop motion technique in which Gabriel’s movements and lip synch are filmed one frame at at a time while lying on his back, under a sheet of plate glass for up to sixteen hours a day for eight days. The process is painstaking and slow, and the clip takes over a month to complete. Released as the first single from Gabriel’s fifth studio album “So” in April of 1986, “Sledgehammer” becomes an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #89 on May 10, 1986, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. The video for “Sledgehammer” wins an unprecedented nine MTV VMA awards (still the record holder for the most wins in a single year), and by 2011 becomes the most played clip in the history of the channel.
I had a dream they were making a Wario movie where the plot is Wario runs for president against a visible Hillary parody called Gillary, who is half fish/half person. And all his speeches include him farting or talking about stealing jewels and at one point he refuses to answer a question about foreign diplomacy and just pulls his motorcycle out of his pocket and rides it off the stage going WAH HAH HAH and the trailer was set to Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel
i was at walmart yesterday with my mom and the store was playing sledgehammer (peter gabriel) and i was like “isn’t that sledgehammer playing in the background? that’s kinda weird music for a walmart that usually plays pop music…” and my mom just looked at me like ??? and said she usually just ignores the background music and then i remembered that most people can selectively filter out noises
So I’ve spent the last few weeks compiling some of my favorite music to all the playable characters in Overwatch. The playlists can be found on Spotify by clickingHERE and going to the “Public Playlists” tab.
Each playlist has 10 songs and is roughly 30-45 minutes. Most are lyrical, although there are some instrumental songs mixed in. Each playlist ends with a song that has something to do with the character’s ultimate ability (whether it be the song title matches the ultimate name, or the song gives off a vibe of how you feel while using the ultimate).
Below the Keep Reading tab I’ve put the track lists and links to each individual playlist.