Friday, September 09, 2016

Peter Gabriel - "Intruder"

An excerpt from a 2011 interview in The Quietus with Peter Gabriel about this 1980 track:
How was it received at the time? Critics and audiences alike have never really had a problem with novelists and film makers using characters to tell a story but often do with popular music for some reason. I mean, ostensibly it's about home invasion but there's also some much darker stuff being hinted at as well.  

"Yeah, there's a transvestite element, a clothes fetish. There's part of me in that but there's also a rape metaphor. It's definitely dark but real. I always used to enjoy performing it."
I confess that I've never noticed the "transvestite element." I was too busy focusing on those drums and that wail.