Music Video Monday: Sledgehammer

Today on Music Video Monday: “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel


The music video is what sold me on this song as a kid. I can never watch it without trying to grasp how much work must have gone into making it. The “Sledgehammer” video was groundbreaking with its use of stop motion film and various animation media. If I recall correctly, filming the video involved Mister Gabriel lying underneath a glass/plastic pane for most of its production. According to the man himself, the only really unpleasant part was working with the fish, which started to smell. I admire his fortitude, but fortitude was something, I think, he possessed a lot of. What’s art without a little suffering?

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