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Peter Gabriel — The Tower That Ate People
Album: Red Planet Soundtrack
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Released: 2000
Length: 6:13
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There's a bump in the basement
There's a knocking on the wall
In the pumping of the pistons
I swear I heard you call

There's a bump in the basement
There's a hole in the floor
There's a guard in the garden
Locking up the door

There's a rumble in the floorboards
No shutting out the sound
And the workers down below me
Digging underground

Feel the building all around me
Like a wrap of armoured skin
But the more we are protected
The more we're trapped within

We're building up and up.

We're building up and up.

We're building up and up.

We're building up and up.till we can touch the sky.

Tell it like it is
Till there's no misunderstanding
When you strip it right back
Man feed machine
Machine feed man

Tell it like it is (And on this land, we cast our fortune)
Till there's no misunderstanding (And on this ground, we make our home)
You make up what you like
Man feed machine
Machine feed man

Brick by brick by brick by brick we're building
Brick by brick by brick by brick we're building
Brick by brick by brick by brick we're building
Brick by brick by brick by brick we're building
Brick by brick by brick by brick we're building
Brick by brick by brick by brick we're building
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too bad zappa died young ; make this stop
find zappa .....hear real avant guard music..........
Oh Dear, Guys ( it's always guys). Relax, Phil Collins was very nice to my daughter when she went to Ghana to help in a clinic. Sent her money after she wrote him a letter. Apart from that he was really good in Brand X - but that was jazzy stuff so you may hate him for that as well

marvelous...  love it...
 
Anyone remember the eighties?  Yep.  Raising kids.  Remember it well; not many intoxicants during that period.

That was when we all thought that Phil Collins was the talented guy that left Genesis.  Depends on your definition of "talent".  Some of us thought Mr. Gabriel's departure as such.   Agreed.  I and everyone I knew always thought of Gabriel as true genuis

Go on, admit it, you KNOW you did!   Mr. Collins' music was included in a lot of movies, and did seem to be everywhere on Miami Vice.  Or was that the '90s?  In fact, that's why they hosted it on Miami Vice; the music was so awful it was a crime unto itself...
Not criticizing, just saying I have a differing opinion.

Ok, I'll stop bashing Phil now - lol

Phil Collins: Don't forget, he had to make up the name "Susudio" because he couldn't find any other word to rhyme.  Typical for his mediocre, banal lyrics (and compositions, for that matter).  I think that song appeared on that mess called "No Talent Required"....

 
fredriley wrote:

It's an insult to Barry Manilow to put that tone-deaf w@nker Collins in the same category. At least Manilow can sing and doesn't take himself seriously. For that matter, it's an insult to w@nkers to elevate Collins to the same category. My fave Collins moment was when he was comprehensively gulled in the infamous Channel 4 Brass Eye 'pedo special' into talking "nonce sense", after which he threatened legal action against the channel because he couldn't accept being exposed as a complete and utter tit.

I loathed Genesis back in my adolescence, and that loathing unfortunately extended to all its former members. It's only after listening to Gabriel on RP that I realise how great an artist he is, and how untainted with the Genesis bombastic bollox he is.

 


Hah! not at all. Certain people continue to hold a place in your heart no matter how much time passes. PG is definitely one for me along with David Attenborough and Doctor Who. PG was part of my musical awakening (if you can call it such) in the early 80's.

 
mrtuba9 wrote:
This might sound weird, but I hope he never dies...

 


 Proclivities wrote:

I remember the '80s all too well, and no, I never thought that for a second.  To me, Phil Collins' solo material falls somewhere in the company of Barry Manilow and Billy Joel in terms of inherent loathsomeness.

 
It's an insult to Barry Manilow to put that tone-deaf w@nker Collins in the same category. At least Manilow can sing and doesn't take himself seriously. For that matter, it's an insult to w@nkers to elevate Collins to the same category. My fave Collins moment was when he was comprehensively gulled in the infamous Channel 4 Brass Eye 'pedo special' into talking "nonce sense", after which he threatened legal action against the channel because he couldn't accept being exposed as a complete and utter tit.

I loathed Genesis back in my adolescence, and that loathing unfortunately extended to all its former members. It's only after listening to Gabriel on RP that I realise how great an artist he is, and how untainted with the Genesis bombastic bollox he is.
 jhorton wrote:
Anyone remember the eighties?  Yep.  Raising kids.  Remember it well; not many intoxicants during that period.

That was when we all thought that Phil Collins was the talented guy that left Genesis.  Depends on your definition of "talent".  Some of us thought Mr. Gabriel's departure as such.  

Go on, admit it, you KNOW you did!   Mr. Collins' music was included in a lot of movies, and did seem to be everywhere on Miami Vice.  Or was that the '90s?

Not criticizing, just saying I have a differing opinion.
 


 Proclivities wrote:

I remember the '80s all too well, and no, I never thought that for a second.  To me, Phil Collins' solo material falls somewhere in the company of Barry Manilow and Billy Joel in terms of inherent loathsomeness.
 
PC's first couple solo albums were pretty good before he started catering to the top 40 crowd

We be dancing...  love it...

 jhorton wrote:
Anyone remember the eighties?

That was when we all thought that Phil Collins was the talented guy that left Genesis.

Go on, admit it, you KNOW you did! 
 
I remember the '80s all too well, and no, I never thought that for a second.  To me, Phil Collins' solo material falls somewhere in the company of Barry Manilow and Billy Joel in terms of inherent loathsomeness.
 Darkmatter wrote:

This soundtrack is from 2000. I think it is the other way around - PG trying to be 'contemporary'.
 
He'd probably been listening to a lot of NIN.  :)

It sounds good tho.
Anyone remember the eighties?

That was when we all thought that Phil Collins was the talented guy that left Genesis.

Go on, admit it, you KNOW you did! 
He performed this during the encore at the San Jose show last month.  I'd never heard it live before.  Wow!
Waiting for my CD's of the show to be delivered...
Gawd! It has a sort of Rob Zombie vibe!
This might sound weird, but I hope he never dies...
Excellent Gritty Gabriel.
Agreed, this one was under my radar.
Thought I knew all of Peter Gabriel woks, then RPbplays this. Thanks Rebecca and Bill!
I'm really digging this one.
{#Eek} Shocked that this is Peter Gabriel!  I like!
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
I had to look to see who it was. Wow. Never expected this.
(Oh ... at the end, here, NOW it's PG. The voice is unmistakable.)
 
yea, good for him.  Powerful.
 bluedot wrote:
Huh? Peter Gabriel "bad?" That is SO WRONG. Get a CLUE, Shesdifferent!

 
Shesdifferent wrote:
Different to hear on RP......that's good.
Peter Gabriel......that's bad. 
 
 

I stand in solidarity with the He Man (and Women) PG haters club.{#Snooty} This was one strange movie BTW.

Oh hells yeah.
OVO is almost a masterpiece. Some of the music is amongst PG's best and extremely powerful. However the premise is/was odd and some of the poetry is decidedly clunky and a bit sixth form.


I could not respond to this song while it was playing because I was too busy dancing...  this song is good...


 an obscure but still excellent cut from the most vital voice of his generation... Peter invented "contemporary" if that's what you call his synthesis of seemingly dissimilar musical elements... {#Notworthy}



 cohifi wrote:
Thanks for helping me see where Beck got some influence maybe.
 
This soundtrack is from 2000. I think it is the other way around - PG trying to be 'contemporary'.
Just missed what all the hoopla was about...
Interesting track.  It'd originally been on OVO, the music he'd written for the Millennium Show.  The same album had "Father and Son" and "Downside Up", which he now plays live pretty regularly.  You can find for info at the OVO wiki page.  If you haven't heard the album, it's worth exploring!

 michaelgmitchell wrote:
I had to look to see who it was. Wow. Never expected this.
 
Same here - I'd never have twigged this for Peter Gabriel. The guy just keeps on innovating... 9 from the Nottingham jury.


I had to look to see who it was. Wow. Never expected this.
(Oh ... at the end, here, NOW it's PG. The voice is unmistakable.)
Visionary.
 pinnyrat wrote:

Me, neither.  Very cool tune.  I've never seen Red Planet, either, and I can't remember if it was supposed to be decent, or an embarrassing suckfest.  
 
Agree on the music.  The movie was forgettable, but on a rainy Tuesday night with nothing else happening, it would be a diversion...

 Jelani wrote:
This is cool. I"ve never heard this before.
 
Me, neither.  Very cool tune.  I've never seen Red Planet, either, and I can't remember if it was supposed to be decent, or an embarrassing suckfest.  
This guy is just pure, walking genius. I know a lot of his music, but hadn't heard (or maybe remembered) this. It's one of those many RP tunes that plays and I have to stop what I'm doing and find out the title/artist/album. But I'm probably the ONLY one that EVER does that. Thanks, Bill & Bec!
 Otomi wrote:
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Awesome, Otomi!  Hypnotic.... Pure art.  And to the tune of "The Tower That Ate People," no less!  {#Clap}{#Clap}
Pete gets his techno-freak on!
This is cool. I"ve never heard this before.
Good work groove song... above and beyond it's other merits.  I love me a good concentration mantra song.
 derekd wrote:
This is also on his HIT compilation. It's a collab with BT (prominent techno artist).
 
Srsly? Did not know that. I'm a huge BT fan. Perhaps that's why this sounds so different from Gabriel's other stuff.

This is also on his HIT compilation. It's a collab with BT (prominent techno artist).
...something about the music from ovo gnaws at me, deep inside...
Really good.  Kind of Philip Glass-like.
Love this. Went to see the OVO show at the Millennium Dome back in '00 in London, it was awesome and the Gabriel soundtrack was amazing. Is this also from that or what?
Thanks for helping me see where Beck got some influence maybe.

Sounds not so good today for me. Normally i like his music very much, but this one today!??
 secretsauce wrote:
This is gorgeous.   This is what headphones were made for. {#Music}
 

Have to buy new ones, if for one song, this one! WOW, gorgeous, that's the word.
Wow.  I didn't think my opinion of Peter Gabriel could get much lower.  I was so wrong. . . .
Huh? Peter Gabriel "bad?" That is SO WRONG. Get a CLUE, Shesdifferent!

 
Shesdifferent wrote:
Different to hear on RP......that's good.
Peter Gabriel......that's bad. 
 


This set is so good it's . . . scary. Bill = über DJ -thanks!
Different to hear on RP......that's good.
Peter Gabriel......that's bad. 

Ah, so your partner doesn't like this either, huh?


 
secretsauce wrote:
This is gorgeous.   This is what headphones were made for. {#Music}
 


Nice!
Geez, I'm liking Peter Gabriel a lot lately. Not the stuff you hear on regular radio but the stuff here on RP, is awesome.
Now that's a plaisant surprise.  I didn't know he performed such piece let alone on some OST.  Good find.
 wrangler wrote:
WAAAAAAAAAAAY too techno.
 
Clearly you don't actually listen to techno. This is downtempo progressive breaks ;)

This is gorgeous.   This is what headphones were made for. {#Music}
Testament to a true artist... After all these years, still making good and pertinent music.

Bill you genius, yes the first half of this song sounds very Beckish...and that is very good. {#Yes}
{#Music} I second that {#Music} slowhand wrote:
If you don't dig this your volume is too friggen low.
 


 MCKY wrote:
Love this song-it's about as techno as an old fart like myself can deal with!
 

WAAAAAAAAAAAY too techno.
 iTuner wrote:
Remind anyone of Bowie singing "I'm in love with an alien"?
 
Reminds me of some of the fantastic experimental work from Fripp  Eno. The guitar bits, not the singing.

...ovo is such a fantastically disturbengaging album...

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daveesh wrote:
that WAS good, wasn't it?
Seriously, that was slick!
Wow. Never new Peter Gabriel made any noise like this. Ignorance was bliss.
brighthue wrote:
Another brilliant segue from BillG (Dark Star -> TTTAP)!
that WAS good, wasn't it?
Well this isn't the Hits version or the Ovo version (at least I don't think it is), so did this mix? ^_^ I like it.
bokey wrote:
I'd like to dig a hole to bury the Peter Gabriel archives in.
Or send them all one way to Mars with Val Kilmer.
Remind anyone of Bowie singing "I'm in love with an alien"?
Love this song-it's about as techno as an old fart like myself can deal with!
Another brilliant segue from BillG (Dark Star -> TTTAP)! :notworthy: :dancingbanana_2: :notworthy:
A very "techno" PG song. Me likey!!
slowhand wrote:
If you don't dig this your volume is too friggen low.
I'd like to dig a hole to bury the Peter Gabriel archives in.
slowhand wrote:
If you don't dig this your volume is too friggen low.
Speak up!
If you don't dig this your volume is too friggen low.
I'll second that. What a fantastic soundtrack from a sucko-barfo movie. Electronica and Peter Gabriel seem to mix so well. Way to go Bill. Interesting factoid about BT and Sasha working on this one. Love it. davin wrote:
This was produced by BT (Brian Transeau) and rumor has it Sasha may have had a hand in some of this. But that thing about Sasha, it's just a rumor. Awesome tune, big score RP.
UltraNurd wrote:
UltraNurd wrote:
Nice to hear some electronica from Peter. Too bad the movie was bad. I like Mars.
I agree!
Hmmm... I should probably check who I'm replying to before replying, eh? At least I'm consistent!
UltraNurd wrote:
Nice to hear some electronica from Peter. Too bad the movie was bad. I like Mars.
I agree!
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Do you hear the frog in the background?
Did he kiss the frog?
This was produced by BT (Brian Transeau) and rumor has it Sasha may have had a hand in some of this. But that thing about Sasha, it's just a rumor. Awesome tune, big score RP.
Nice to hear some electronica from Peter. Too bad the movie was bad. I like Mars.
that's one of the freshest segues i've heard in quite a while! that driving bass from dark star just carried right over!
Well I looked to see if The Orb was involved.
I'm a total PG fan, but everytime I hear this, I have to look at the playlist to see who it is. This is a great and fairly different piece by Pete, and I like it! *edit* in places, it sounds like Tangerine Dream!
Loved this tune the first time I heard it in the movie 'Red Planet.' That's the meanest, nastiest groove and I love it. I agree with the folks who could be fooled into think Jeff Beck was cooking up some more noise. Glad to hear it on RP!
lester wrote:
Terrific sound.
You have to be kidding me. Please say you are kidding.
I thought it was Jeff Beck at first. This is great stuff..
Wow.
This reminds me of Nine Inch Nails
biking_chick wrote:
did you ever see the video of Excellent Birds with Laurie Anderson? It was the definition of "cool". If you ever found out how to get a copy of such a video, I'd probably pay obscene money to get it.
That was a cool video. What is Laurie doing today? Haven't heard/seen anything from her lately. This is the first time that I have heard this song. The rating has gone up since posting a 5 at the beginning. Now a 7.
Always liked Peter Gabriel though I've never owned an album (go figure). Everytime I hear a tune of his that I haven't heard I am not surprised that it's him and that I like it. I dig this tune. :cheers:
PG stretching the envelope a little - as usual
Terrific sound.
willmcnaught wrote:
Eclectic Excellence!! :sunny:
Yep.....
Awesome movie, Red Planet. Oh, sorry. This is a music web site isn't it. :beat: (And yes, I did hear the frog in the background. Very strange!)
Do you hear the frog in the background?
biking_chick wrote:
did you ever see the video of Excellent Birds with Laurie Anderson? It was the definition of "cool". If you ever found out how to get a copy of such a video, I'd probably pay obscene money to get it.
I checked singingfish.com for it and no go - you should check out ebay too.
Roverfish wrote:
Reminds me of "This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)" meets NIN. Very cool, and damn fine Gabriel to boot.
did you ever see the video of Excellent Birds with Laurie Anderson? It was the definition of "cool". If you ever found out how to get a copy of such a video, I'd probably pay obscene money to get it.
Good version of the song - gives it more drive than the original had.
I really like the title. It made me pay attention to the song. Very intriguing imagry.
After hearing this for the first time I kinda figured it would bring out rather polarized opines. For the record, and what it's worth - me likey! :whistle:
mojoman wrote:
This is actually off PG's "Ovo" album, the soundtrack for an amazing Cirque de Soleil-esque acrobatic show performed in London's Millennium Dome, often hundreds of feet above the floor. A truly amazing experience, seeing the amazing acrobats and hearing PG through a million-dollar sound system.
This version is seemingly off the Red Planet soundtrack, but yes, the normal cut of the song's off Ovo, which is a fantastic PG album that many ppl don't know as well as his other stuff.
This is actually off PG's "Ovo" album, the soundtrack for an amazing Cirque de Soleil-esque acrobatic show performed in London's Millennium Dome, often hundreds of feet above the floor. A truly amazing experience, seeing the amazing acrobats and hearing PG through a million-dollar sound system.
Just had this on in the car this AM. Hoping to hear it soon... Ta-DAH! RP Rules!
Sorry, Mr. Gabriel, but you just blew it in this one.
Passionless, repetitious, but shouldn't offend the old people-- Peter Gabriel's stock in trade.
doo-dooo-dooo doo-dooo-doooo doo-doooo-dooooo dooo-doooo-dooooo-dooooooooo Rrrrrawkin' good tune!!!!!!
Right for the fools who would rather slag PG off. Grow up learn what real music is. Get a life... The tower that ate people is called that because the original version of this track is part of the OVO mellenium exsperience album he did for the Mellenium dome show in london. The tower was part of the show. So there is a reason behind the name.
you guys like this track, check out "While The Earth Sleeps'....a collaboration of Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest on the 'Strange Days' soundtrack, sung in Macedonian. love it.
bschena wrote:
wow. i was starting to think that all PG stuff was getting a bit "formulaic"...then this...VERY interesting/new/edgy... tho, i think i just blew my speakers... :ask:
huh... I certainly never thought of Peter Gabriel as 'formulaic'... Lamb Lies Down, Security, Passion... the guys been pretty far out on 'the edge' most of his life. I guess if you've only heard 'So'... or the 'Babe' soundtrack, this might strike you as a bit different.
dpjag wrote:
I'm glad to hear some edge coming out of PG again. In recent years, he'd been putting me asleep with every new release.
And by Edge do you mean: A) Grit B) U2 C) All of the above
smokinsean wrote:
...Peter hate Gabriel machine...I don't like it. S.
...and the Tower That Ate People? What kind of a song title is that?
:twisted: Ah, yesss, at long last! The perfect palace from which I may spin my mad schemes! Put the Throne of Skulls over there, next to the Pit of Infinity and the Shadowed Orb. And the Mirror of Despair - it's a little crooked, down on the left - down a little more - a little more - perfection! Oh dark desires and loathsome longings, how swiftly you now shall come to pass in this tower of terrors - my awesome abode of dread and doom! Those who resist shall drown in their childrens' blood! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!
stacadette wrote:
Try the first tune off his latest CD (UP)---that'll blow you off your seat as well as your speakers. Very dissonnant as well.
I think maybe you don't know what dissonant is. I agree that "UP" is a good CD, though.
PG is just dandy overall. He did this at his show here in Toronto about two years ago. We bought the authorized bootleg (he sold double CD burns made off the soundboard for each of his concerns that tour). On it he talks about writing this song for what he called a children's show. Perhaps that was before the Ovo show at the Dome...
...Peter hate Gabriel machine...I don't like it. S.