The story of punk's ascendancy in the '70s often frames the music as a raw, working-class reaction to the bloated, overly self-serious rock of the day. But as Peter Gabriel reminded us during a recent interview, the truth wasn't always so cut and dried.
Peter Gabriel's second solo album boasts one of rock's most iconic cover photos: the singer and songwriter, gazing directly into the camera, literally scratching apart his visage. It's an appropriate metaphor for the record itself: For the first time since leaving Genesis, it truly felt like Gabriel was obliterating his old image and reinventing himself as a songwriter and sonic craftsman.
It wasn't initially the biggest hit from the album, but Peter Gabriel's 'In Your Eyes' is now arguably the most widely beloved song from 'So' -- largely thanks to a scene from the '80s teen romance 'Say Anything...' that one of the film's stars, John Cusack, helped recreate with Gabriel on stage at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday (Oct. 6).