Peter Gabriel has been a solo artist for over 37 years now, and in that time he has managed to release a grand total of eight proper studio albums. For the mathematically challenged, that works out to about one record ever four and a half years or so. Thankfully, Gabriel’s multiple film soundtrack contributions over the years have helped to satisfy his fans’ cravings for anything new from the former Genesis frontman.

As a Gabriel fanatic myself, I know how hard it often is to collect soundtrack recordings. No one likes paying $14.99 for a CD for one song (hello, Phenomenon soundtrack!), but obsessive collectors like myself have little or no choice in the matter. The way I see it, the least I can do is share the (what used to be my) wealth with the wonderful readers of the Analog Kid blog.

Note: by no means is this a definitive collection of Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack work. I have excluded many songs that can easily be found on Peter’s own albums, and I even discovered a few songs that I do not own while doing research for this post. Did I interrupt the writing of this blog to go jump in my car and track down one of those songs at my local used CD shop? You’re damn right I did…

All This And World War II

Peter Gabriel: “Strawberry Fields Forever” (Lennon/McCartney)

From the soundtrack All This And World War II

20th Century Records, 1976

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

Gabriel made his solo debut with this contribution to the bizarre All This And World War II film and soundtrack. Nothing says World War II footage like covers of Beatles songs, right? I remember seeing the movie on subscription ON TV while growing up in Southern California, but I had forgotten all about it until I stumbled upon the soundtrack about a year ago.

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Peter Gabriel: “Walk Through The Fire” (Gabriel)

From the soundtrack Against All Odds

Atlantic Records, 1984

The current and former frontmen of Genesis duked it out on side one of the Against All Odds soundtrack. Stevie Nicks had to keep them apart. The winner? Collins with a TKO.

Peter Gabriel_ Singles & B-Sides 3

Peter Gabriel: “Out Out” (Gabriel)

From the soundtrack Gremlins

Geffen Records, 1984

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

Nile Rodgers co-produced “Out Out” along with Gabriel. I have never seen any actual copies of the Gremlins soundtrack on CD, although supposedly they do exist…

Hard To Hold soundtrack

Peter Gabriel: “I Go Swimming” (Gabriel)

From the soundtrack Hard To Hold

RCA Records, 1984

Disclaimer: I do not actually own the Hard To Hold soundtrack– the CD is long out of print, and most vinyl copies seem to have been destroyed by dry-humping teenage girls. I created this mp3 by editing the version of “I Go Swimming” from Gabriel Plays Live, but that should suffice as the versions are supposed to be identical. The internet wouldn’t lie, would it?

Birdy LP

Peter Gabriel: “Slow Marimbas” (Gabriel)

From From The Film Birdy

Geffen Records, 1985

The Birdy soundtrack was Gabriel’s first attempt at a full film score. He incorporated many elements from his existing work into the songs, and Birdy also marked Gabriel’s first collaboration with producer Daniel Lanois. “Slow Marimbas” was played live during 1993’s Secret World tour as an intro to “Shaking The Tree.”

Passion_ Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ

Peter Gabriel: “A Different Drum” (Gabriel)

From the album Passion: Music From the Last Temptation Of Christ

Geffen Records, 1989

My love for Peter Gabriel really began with the release of So in 1986, and I immediately devoured his entire back catalog (my favorite album is Peter Gabriel 3, aka Melting Face). By 1989, I was dying for some new music– thankfully, Peter’s soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation Of Christ helped hold me over until the long-delayed release of Us in 1992.

Say Anything

Peter Gabriel: “In Your Eyes” (Gabriel)

From the album Say Anything…The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

WTG Records, 1989

You might have heard this one.

gabriel blood

Peter Gabriel: “Blood Of Eden” [Special Mix For Wim Wenders’ Until The End Of The World] (Gabriel)

From the CD single Blood Of Eden

Real World Records, 1993

This remixed version of “Blood Of Eden” appeared in Until The End Of The World, but for some reason was not included on the fantastic soundtrack album. On the Secret World tour, Gabriel sang this beautiful song with his then-unknown backup singer Paula Cole.

Lovetown

Peter Gabriel: “Lovetown” (Gabriel)

From the album Philadelphia: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Epic Soundtrax, 1993

A new Peter Gabriel song only a year after the release of Us? Who does Peter think he is– Stephen King?

Natural Born Killers

Peter Gabriel & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: “Taboo” (Gabriel)

From the album Natural Killers: A Soundtrack For An Oliver Stone Film

Nothing Records, 1994

“Taboo” is one of Gabriel’s many collaborations with the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who also contributed to the epic Up track “Signal To Noise.”

Peter Gabriel_ Singles & B-Sides 4

Peter Gabriel & The Worldbeaters: “Party Man” (Gabriel/Acogny/Amos)

From the album Virtuosity: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Radioactive Records, 1995

I’ve never even heard of the movie Virtuosity, yet I own the soundtrack. Addiction is a real bitch. And yes, the “Amos” credited as a co-writer is Tori Amos.

Peter Gabriel_ Singles & B-Sides

Peter Gabriel: “I Have The Touch” (Gabriel)

From the album Phenomenon: Music From The Motion Picture

Reprise Records, 1996

Robbie Robertson helped create this mix of “I Have The Touch,” a song that was first released in 1982 on the Security album.

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Peter Gabriel: “I Grieve” (Gabriel)

From the album City Of Angels: Music From The Motion Picture

Reprise Records, 1998

I hate this movie. I love this song.

babe

Peter Gabriel: “That’ll Do” (Newman)

From the album Babe: Pig In The City [Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture]

Geffen Records, 1998

Does anyone else remember seeing Gabriel perform “That’ll Do” on the Oscars in 1999? He looked just a bit, shall we say, larger. And bald. It was quite shocking, as was hearing Peter sing a song about a talking pig.

Long Walk Home - Music from _The Rabbit-Proof Fence_

Peter Gabriel: “Cloudless” (Gabriel)

From the album Long Walk Home: Music From The Rabbit-Proof Fence

Real World Records, 2002

Gorgeous.

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Peter Gabriel: “Down To Earth” (Gabriel/Newman)

From the promotional CD single Down To Earth

Walt Disney/Real World Records, 2008

Peter went back to the Oscars thanks to “Down To Earth,” the theme song from the amazing Wall-E. He looked much better this time, but he still lost.  Phil Collins taunts him to this day.

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Phil Collins_ Singles & B-Sides

Phil Collins: “Against All Odds” (Collins)

From the album Against All Odds: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Atlantic Records, 1984

Shaking The Tree_ 16 Golden Greats

Peter Gabriel: “Shaking The Tree” (N’Dour/Gabriel)

From the album Shaking The Tree: 16 Golden Greats

Geffen Records, 1990

Secret World Live [Disc 1]

Peter Gabriel & Paula Cole: “Blood Of Eden” (Gabriel)

From the album Secret World Live

Geffen Records, 1994

Up

Peter Gabriel: “Signal To Noise” (Gabriel)

From the album Up

Geffen Records, 2002

Peter Gabriel: “Solsbury Hill” (Gabriel)

From the soundtrack of at least 50% of the movies ever made

Atco Records, 1978

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6 responses »

  1. WTF Pancakes says:

    Sploosh.

    Given the rarity of some of these, this is one heck of a post. The Gremlins soundtrack, maaaan.

    Just to make sure the entire band’s contribution to the soundtrack is properly represented, let me present:

    • But that appears to be vinyl, and I obviously have that! I have since done a re-rip of the soundtrack and it sounds amazing– I should probably give the soundtrack a post of its own in the near future!

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