Radio 54, side A, track 7: “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel, #37 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Peter Gabriel - SledgehammerOh, Peter Gabriel, so pretty much all the memories I have about this song have not a lot to do with the actual song.  This was actually the first time I’d heard this or really anything by you, Peter Gabriel.  But I HAD heard “Sledgehammer” before, just not by you.  This was the first song featured on “Polka Party”, one of Al’s many wonderful polka montages that introduced me to many songs like this one before I actually heard the original.  So when the song started, I remember cocking my head to the side and thinking “This sounds so familiar”, then came the lyrics and I was all “Ohhhhh!  This is a REAL song!”  As I’ve mentioned before, it took me awhile to realize that all the songs on Al’s polka medleys were actual songs.  I guarantee that this won’t be the last song to show up on here where I was baptized into it through “Weird Al”.

The other song this track reminds me of is the theme song for “Sledge Hammer!”.  They don’t sound anything alike, but whenever I heard the word “sledgehammer” (which, to be fair, doesn’t happen that often), it’s not this song that I think about, but instead one of my favorite shows of all time.  I don’t think I’ve seen it since it was originally on ABC, so it probably doesn’t hold up real well, but I absolutely loved the exploits of Inspector Sledge Hammer and the gun he loved to talk to and his catchphrase “Trust me.  I know what I’m doing.”  Since I thought it was absolutely hilarious when I was 11, it’s probably best that I don’t re-watch it as it likely isn’t going to hold up.  Or I might enjoy it even more, which might not be any better if it means that my sense of humor hasn’t been refined at all since I was a preteen.  Which it probably hasn’t.  So I might as well go back and re-watch the old episodes.  Thanks for the talk, Peter Gabriel.


<awesome Peter Gabriel jam>

You could have a steam train

If you’d just lay down your tracks

You could have an aeroplane flying

If ya bring your blue sky back

All ya do is call me

I’ll be anything you need

You could have a big dipper

Goin’ up and down
All around the bends

You could have a bumper car

This amusement never ends

I wanna be

Ya sledgehammer

Why doncha call my name

Haaaaa, oh let me be ya sledgehammer

This will be my testimony


Show me ’round your fruit cage

‘Cause I will be your honey bee

Open up ya fruit cage

Where the fruit is as sweet as can be

I wanna be

Ya sledgehammer

Why doncha call my name

Yeah, you better call the sledgehammer

This can be my testimony

Yeah, I’m your

Let there be no doubt about it




<awesome Peter Gabriel jam>

I get in lane

I kicked the habit (kicked the habit, kicked the habit)

Shed my skin

(Shed my skin)

This is the new stuff

(This is the new stuff)
I go
Dancing in
(We go dancing in)
Ohhhhh, wonchoo
Show f’me

(Show f’me)
I will
Show f’you

(Show f’you)

Show f’me

(Show f’me) huh
I will
Show f’you

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah I do mean you (show f’me)
Only you

Ya been comin’ through (show f’you)
I’m gonna build that power
Build, build up that power (show f’me)
Come on, come on, help me through
Come on, come on

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One thought on “Radio 54, side A, track 7: “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel, #37 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. […] Tears For Fears, we JUST talked about how “Weird Al” introduced me to one of the songs on the countdown, and now here we are with another one.  And it was from the exact same song, […]


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