Five Artists Influenced By Peter Gabriel

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm]’s legacy is one that will surely live on for generations to come; and his impact thus far on music as well as the influence he has had on a number of artists that would come after him is nothing short of massive.

Since the early days of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm], the band Gabriel fronted until 1975, all kinds of stylistically diverse artists have cited Gabriel and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] as huge influences on who they are as musicians. Some sound more like Gabriel clones than others; and some sound like they’ve never even heard a [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] song in their life – But without further ado, here are some of the most noted Peter Gabriel influenced bands.

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Peter Gabriel and his New Blood Orchestra perform a Live on Letterman webcast Wed., Nov. 9 at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific), presented by Citibank. Watch it right here or on CBS.com.

1 – Phish (1983-2004, 2009-present)

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Who didn’t see [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phish[/lastfm] at the top of the list? Gabriel had an enormous influence on [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phish[/lastfm]; and after all, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phish[/lastfm] did play in [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] place at their induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame because Gabriel “couldn’t make it.” However, we might not have to wait too long for a [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] classic-lineup reunion. Gabriel said in a recent interview that “A large brown envelope” would be the one thing that would undoubtedly bring the classic [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] lineup back once more. While you hold your breath for a reunion though, enjoy this fantastic performance by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phish[/lastfm] playing the classic Watcher of the Sky at [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2010:

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2 – Radiohead (1985-present)

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[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Radiohead[/lastfm] are the second band on our list and while they don’t borrow as many elements from Gabriel’s catalog as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phish[/lastfm], we can definitely feel Gabriel‘s influence and presence on the bands massively successful album OK Computer, where the band experimented with the Moog & Mellotron; a staple of that classic [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] sound. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Radiohead[/lastfm]’s apparent influence from Gabriel is that although the band has stated that some of their music has been influenced by Gabriel‘s work, they are simply just not exactly “fans.” Listen closely to the signature Mellotron in action during a live performance of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Radiohead[/lastfm] song Exit Music (For a Film), off 1997’s OK Computer.

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3 – Sarah McLachlan (1988-present)

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If you’ve heard 1993’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, you don’t have to ask [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sarah McLachlan[/lastfm] if she was listening to a ton of Gabriel when she recorded it. Looking back at McLachlan‘s early release, the song Possession is just bursting at the seams with Gabriel‘s influence. Throughout the song, the organ’s sound is very Gabriel-esque, and has a similar vibe to Come Talk With Me. The songs predominant bass line is also very reminiscent of Gabriel‘s solo hit Secret WorldFumbling Towards Ecstasy is definitely an album that any Gabriel fan would enjoy; and as it turns out, Jerry Marotta ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm]’s drummer from 1977-86) actually plays on a couple tracks too, which makes the record all the more enjoyable for any long time Gabriel follower. Check out the music video for the song Possession by clicking play below:

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4 – The Killers (2001-present)

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[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Killers[/lastfm] have certainly been compared to a lot of early [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm] material, especially on their 2006 release Sam’s Town. While many of the albums synths do sound Gabriel inspired, two really stand out apart from the rest. The passionate numbers My List and Why Do I Keep Counting? arguably draw a heavy amount of influence from Gabriel, and the album as a whole was a big step forward for the band because they stayed true to the essence that made them who they are, while at the same time introducing new sounds that they’d never experimented with reminiscent of artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Verve[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Bowie[/lastfm], and of course…[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm].

Check out the Killers performing a live rendition of My List below:

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5 – Iron Maiden (1975-present)

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We know, you expected it to be a band like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marillion[/lastfm] or [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ange[/lastfm] – but we couldnt just not include heavy metal legends [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Iron Maiden[/lastfm] once we found out that one of their main influences is none other than the Gabriel-era Genesis. More specifically, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Iron Maiden[/lastfm] bassist Steve Harris (the bands primary songwriter) cited [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] as his main influence as well as the reason he started playing bass all the way back in 1971. Listen to any song from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Genesis[/lastfm] 1971 release Nursery Cryme and see how songs like The Return of the Giant Hogweed played a part in Harris writing. Check out the band performing one of their earliest classics Running Free in 1980 below:

That’s all folks! Check out a few more artists who were inspired by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm] that didn’t make our list on the next page.

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  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]IQ[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ange[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marillion[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queensryche[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Coheed & Cambria[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rush[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Yngwie Malmsteem[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Watch[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keane[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queensryche[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Babylon[/lastfm]
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queen[/lastfm]

Peter Gabriel and his New Blood Orchestra perform a Live on Letterman webcast Wed., Nov. 9 at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific), presented by Citibank. Watch it right here or on CBS.com.

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