The third of the former Genesis vocalist’s self-titled releases, this is the album with Peter Gabriel’s melting face on the cover. Any vestiges of Gabriel’s prog-rock tendencies were completely banished on this strikingly modern album, which explored the psychotic extremes of the human mind in intense, character-based songs such as ‘Intruder’, ‘I Don’t Remember’ and ‘Family Snapshot’. Gabriel’s use of computer-controlled synthesizer and electronic rhythm tracks marked an important break with chord-based rock music, aided by Steve Lillywhite’s stark production. The album also yielded two of Gabriel’s most endearingly popular songs, the sardonic ‘Games Without Frontiers’ and ‘Biko’, a moving eulogy to the murdered South African anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko, which paved the way for a glut of inferior rock anthems to political oppression.
Tracks: Intruder; No Self Control; Start; I Don’t Remember; Family Snapshot; And Through The Wire; Games Without Frontiers; Not One Of Us; Lead A Normal Life; Biko....