Monday, January 23, 2012

Music Video Monday! Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer

A little while back, fellow exclamation point-using website Yahoo! posted their Most Epically Awful Videos of 2011. While none of those videos will ever make it onto MVM (well, maybe James Franco's - it's like rape-scene-from-Rosemary's Baby levels of terrifying and psychedelic), a video they mention as essentially being one of the best ever made is entertaining us today.

The video for Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" is a serious piece of work. Animation by the folks at Aardman Animations, dancing turkeys, and singing fruit faces are crazy enough, and that's all before the dancing starts at around the 3:30 mark.

According to Wikipedia, Sledgehammer won nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1987, and it ranked at number two on VH1's "Top 20 Videos of the '80s". And Peter Gabriel had to lay under a sheet of glass for 16 hours while filming the video one frame at a time. Most of us regular folks don't even lay in our beds asleep at night for half of that time. Respect.

Happy Monday!


  1. "I'm in a glass case of emotion!" Dig the vid

  2. a classic from the 80s, I don't know what's more famous, the song or the video.

    1. Good question! I hadn't seen this video until that Yahoo! article I read. Which is weird because it definitely is one of the best I've ever seen.