574. Sledgehammer – Stephen R. Johnson

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SUMMARY: The music video for Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’.

WHY IT’S HERE: Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ video is renowned as one of the great music videos of all time. Gabriel laid under a sheet of glass for 16 hours while shooting the video, which features brilliant animation from the Brothers Quay and Aardman Animations. Gabriel obviously knew the right people to go to for quality and the result has endured. The dancing over-ready chickens are perhaps the most famous image from the video, and were an early example of the work of Nick Park, who would soon become a household name in animation. ‘Sledgehammer’ is a wonderful, upbeat song and the colourful, quirky video makes it even better and is an example of how much more ubiquitous animation was in the 80s.

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