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Peter Gabriel — Lovetown
Album: Philadelphia Soundtrack
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7.1

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Total ratings: 1502









Released: 1994
Length: 5:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
People go naked and pick up these trails
Someone before me laid down these rails
When it's loaded up too heavy,
this engine fails
In lovetown
I can't settle down
And do those teeth still match the wound
Take a good look around
In lovetown

Aaahha, aaahha
Looking in lovetown
Aaahha, aaahha
This is lovetown

Sometimes you're stormy water
on which I pour my oil
In each other's shadow
The roots reach into the soil
All these knots so tightly tied
We could not uncoil
In lovetown
No place to settle down
And do those teeth still match the wound
Take a good look around
In lovetown

Aaahha, aaahha
This is lovetown
Aaahha, aaahha
Looking in lovetown

Whose lonely lips will find these hidden scars?
Who's seen the kisses left in dimlit bars?
Who's out in the streets, looking for love like ours?
Who's looking in lovetown tonight?

Have you got what you want
Said have you got what you need
With what you did and what you saw
Did you find you needed more
Have you got what you came for
Are you really so sure
Are you really so sure

Looking in lovetown
In lovetown
Living in lovetown
Hey yeah yeah.
Comments (139)add comment
 Will62 wrote:
Going to be howled down.
No denying the talent. I simply cannot take to his vocals. Irritating seems an inadequate description.
 
I don't know who produced this, but they needed their ears syringed.  The vocals are far too prominent.
Such an intriguing track. Spare vocals, wicked fat bass line (Tony Levin on a Chapman Stick, I think), sprinkled with a few guitar notes and a few organ chords. Yep, absolutely love this soundtrack. 
 boatbyrd225 wrote:
Ha Ha Ha, he meant volts obviously! Good call!  Funny

 

 sjccroquet wrote:

110 amps, huh?  Those are some powerful speaker cabs on your island...
 

 Will62 wrote:
Going to be howled down.
No denying the talent. I simply cannot take to his vocals. Irritating seems an inadequate description.
 
Too much 'howling down' on here already!! We're all different and different stuff floats our respective boats...
Never, ever, come across a station with SO MUCH variety. Ever!! What's more, when B&R play something I really don't like, they've even supplied a skip button.
What's not to love, huh?
 veegez wrote:
radiojunkie wrote:
I can't help but wonder how you're supposed to listen to the CD on a desert island once your batteries run out. Suppose the answer is: if you're planning to be stranded on a desert island, be sure to bring plenty of spares.
Just for that bit, you are hearby banished to a desert island. With 5 Long Playing Records and a Record Player. (Caution: about playing those vinyl albums in the desert sun, um, they WILL warp. Avoid the sun, and store the records in the shade or possibly in the ocean.) (For the purposes of this scenario, we are assuming an 110 amp electrical outlet is available at the base of the single palm tree on the island. No batteries required.) (The single coconut in said tree may fall. Please situate player and self accordingly) (Try to space out your music listening enjoyment to about an album per day. As you know, without water you'll be dead by day 6. So 5 records, 5 days, you get the picture....) (And by the way, that kind of takes care of the smart alec battery remark located above. The assumption being: Batteries will last as long as you or I will on a desert island.) (Parenthetical caption #6 reserved for future use.) Sorry about all of that. :)
 
110 amps, huh?  Those are some powerful speaker cabs on your island...
 Will62 wrote:
Going to be howled down.
No denying the talent. I simply cannot take to his vocals. Irritating seems an inadequate description.
 
I'm not gonna 'howl you down' one bit (sure...others might) in fact I'm more of a PC fan than PG, though the beats are usually top notch...I'm at a 7 on this one....Long Live RP!!
Going to be howled down.
No denying the talent. I simply cannot take to his vocals. Irritating seems an inadequate description.
Long Live                                                                                                                               Radio Paradise
To me a      SOLID                                                                                                             9 -OUTSTANDING
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
Eh. Like much of his work, it sounds OUTSTANDING, yet feels empty and hollow. Just not feeling it.
 
To be fair, we feel what we feel, but empty and hollow is the outstanding sound he goes for.
Eh. Like much of his work, it sounds OUTSTANDING, yet feels empty and hollow. Just not feeling it.
I listen with a pretty good audio system and I do not know what sort of microphone Peter Gabriel is using on this but it makes him sound like he has a lisp.

I know recording studios use the very best condenser microphones that money can buy so all I can assume is that this is either a poor quality upload or it is deliberate attempt by the producer and sound engineer to create this effect - like putting a piece of crispy rice paper over your mouth as you sing - only done at the mixing desk with some electronic vocal processor.

Does anybody else hear it? 
 Tourists to lovetown comes in hordes, while karma police arrests them for guiltless crimes.
Man, that voice......like gravel dipped in marshmellow
Still a good 8!
nice song from back in the day....
 thekid wrote:

LOL, either Brooklyn, Sauget, or Centerville, IL.  They're all about the same. Way past those days, thankfully.

 
Once went to Boston's Combat Zone with two friends, one of whom insisted we go there to send him off into the Navy. If Gomorrah was as boring, sad and tacky as that area it'd be a wonder that sin and temptation are still with us today. 

 

 rdo wrote:

I once "hit the town" with an uncle I barely knew while visiting my grandparents.  He took me to this town he called a "wonderland of filth".  It's about an hour from St. Louis and to this day I have no idea where it is.  It was basically a colony of strip clubs.

 

westslope wrote:


Terrific.  Did you enjoy the experience?   And what exactly was the purpose your Uncle had in mind?

Was this the beginning of a life-long sexual objectification of women?  This curious mind wants to know.



 
Sounds like an educational trip to me.
 rdo wrote:

I once "hit the town" with an uncle I barely knew while visiting my grandparents.  He took me to this town he called a "wonderland of filth".  It's about an hour from St. Louis and to this day I have no idea where it is.  It was basically a colony of strip clubs.



 
LOL, either Brooklyn, Sauget, or Centerville, IL.  They're all about the same. Way past those days, thankfully.
Weird, it sounds almost weak or minimalist after Abbey Road / Love remixed Because.
 westslope wrote:

Terrific.  Did you enjoy the experience?   And what exactly was the purpose your Uncle had in mind?

Was this the beginning of a life-long sexual objectification of women?  This curious mind wants to know.



 

Simmer down there, Sloppy, the name of the song is "Lovetown".....{#Rolleyes}
nice job , just took me back to a place I barely remember, thanks
Love Peter Gabriel - since way back
 rdo wrote:

I once "hit the town" with an uncle I barely knew while visiting my grandparents.  He took me to this town he called a "wonderland of filth".  It's about an hour from St. Louis and to this day I have no idea where it is.  It was basically a colony of strip clubs.

 

Terrific.  Did you enjoy the experience?   And what exactly was the purpose your Uncle had in mind?

Was this the beginning of a life-long sexual objectification of women?  This curious mind wants to know. <g>



marvelous...  love it...

mmmmm not really the best from him ;)

I once "hit the town" with an uncle I barely knew while visiting my grandparents.  He took me to this town he called a "wonderland of filth".  It's about an hour from St. Louis and to this day I have no idea where it is.  It was basically a colony of strip clubs.


Before RP I didn't consider myself a peter gabriel fan but the more I hear the more I like. Just bumped this from7 to 8
"Hold these nuts so tightly tight" - ooh, that hurts! Oochy McPoochy :o)
 johnjconn wrote:

Love the voice, like the song, that too is irrefutable.

 

Precisely. I have no problem with you loving his voice and as in a Dylan song "Man, I expect the same."
 alanthecowboy wrote:

On the Ashbory, methinks.  Definitely something fretless, and something with more fundamental than the Stick.  I have one of each, and while the Ashbory is a pain in the ass to play, there's no way you could pull this song off on the Stick.

 
How you pull this off, "Cowboy"? Fiddle, banjo and Ashbory...? Send me a tape! 
 Egrey wrote:
This song is not to be confused with Iggy Pop's Butt Town...just sayin.
 

Is that a "rainbow-statement"...?


 rulebritannia wrote:

Ditto

 
Ditto here too
This song is not to be confused with Iggy Pop's Butt Town...just sayin.
"sometimes you're stormy water on which i pour my oil."

no idea what it means, but damn it sounds sexy. 
Bottom line if you can't stand the voice, you can't like the song. That is irrefutable.
I don't think it's possible for me to rate anything by Gabriel lower than an 8. It's kind of like the Beatles Bump, but a Gabriel Bump.
Chapman...
 boober wrote:
Tony Levin on "the stick"?
 
On the Ashbory, methinks.  Definitely something fretless, and something with more fundamental than the Stick.  I have one of each, and while the Ashbory is a pain in the ass to play, there's no way you could pull this song off on the Stick.

Great movie too. Incredibly sad.


This song is soooo good for the ears...  love it...

 
 BigIslandBlues wrote:

Bad to the bone- the bass bone....8.{#Bananajam}
  Tony Levin on "the stick"?


 Mandible wrote:
His voice is like butta!
 
So is his groove; when he hits it, you can't sit still.
Never heard this song before, but love its atmosphere. Thanks for putting me onto this, RP!
I usually play a game to guess who is playing or singing. I was trying to guess between Steve Winwood or Peter Gabriel. Anyway, it is a good song.{#Dancingbanana}

 Limpopoking wrote:
First few lines had me thinking this was Steve Winwood
 
Ditto

Not one of his better efforts.
Needs more giant hogweeds.
And cowbell.

 Limpopoking wrote:
First few lines had me thinking this was Steve Winwood

 

{#Yes}
 sirdroseph wrote:
This is just bad, plain ol' bad.{#Grumpy}
 
Bad to the bone- the bass bone....8.{#Bananajam}
This is just bad, plain ol' bad.{#Grumpy}
First few lines had me thinking this was Steve Winwood

 exciter76 wrote:
Tony Levin bass make the difference here!!!! great song as usual with PG
 
Tony Levin is the ace of bass! {#Notworthy}
"Hold these nuts so tightly" - oochie McPoochie! Apart from the unpleasant imagery from that mondegreen, a very nice smooth effort from himself. 7 from the Nottingham jury which, courtesy of RP, has forgiven yer man for the execrable Genesis.
Good soundtrack.
Huge PG fan, but this song...not so much.
 appy_monkey wrote:
sometimes I want to slap the Gabriel. now is one of those moments. my apologies to fans.


why don't you just go spank your monkey? 



Nice!!
 Mojo_08 wrote:
I don't care for this song. 
 
I'm not gay either but the groove is good.........

Very nice!
I don't care for this song. 
whats happening? is it a month of Peter Gabriel?
Never heard this one before!  Thanks for playing it.
I love it when Peter Gabriel channels his inner Marvin Gaye...
I didn't notice this in the film; it's really good.
Naw I hear ya. Love PG. Always have. well, in  non-"philadelphia" way ;-)
Just remember that this song is a "we-pay-you-to-write-song-and-edit-it-and-ask-you-to-change-it..." type deal. Not the same process for the artist. Very difficult thing to pull off it seems.
sometimes I want to slap the Gabriel. now is one of those moments. my apologies to fans.

New song for me ... love it!!  Prompts me to see the movie again.  PG is a God ... {#Notworthy}
I always felt this song embodied the movie Philadephia so much more that Springstien's "Streets of Philadelphia."  It's much more subtle, hidden—just like the discrimination it portrayed.
Fantastic - never heard this before but loved it!
{#Roflol}love it

Hokaaaay... never heard this before. Cool!
wow!
His voice is like butta!


Love it...


 exeter wrote:
I can't think of a Peter Gabriel song that deserves less than an 8.  When one of an artist's stinkers still deserves an 8, that says something about his talent, doesn't it? :-)

 

Or something about his fans, perhaps.
Seems like uninspired drivel to me. Cut the length to :60 and it would make a great music bed for some product spot ...
 sugarbaby wrote:
underrated gabriel song. one of his finest i think..

 I can't think of a Peter Gabriel song that deserves less than an 8.  When one of an artist's stinkers still deserves an 8, that says something about his talent, doesn't it? :-)


Bruce won the grammy from this soundtrack. :yawn: But this is the best song from it. :meditate:
ThePoose wrote:
Is Tony slapping a stick bass?
It's a Chapman Stick, yeah.
What a voice... :notworthy:
This tune comes on slow, but has the usual superb PG groove by the end.
Play that Peter Gabriel, Bill...Love it! :motor:
exciter76 wrote:
Tony Levin bass make the difference here!!!! great song as usual with PG
Have to agree, tho' Peters' voice is in fine form!
pannaramma wrote:
I've been noticing a preponderance of Peter lately.
Nice alliteration, and, (possibly?) a set-up for vulgar punchlines (which we've already seen below)......
pannaramma wrote:
I've been noticing a preponderance of Peter lately.
You know I had that complaint from one of my ex-wives .... but I was young then.
underrated gabriel song. one of his finest i think..
Better then the Pölice concert last week,but still ,NO.
This was a mistake. He never should've recorded it. Must've been 1 take. Phoned it in.
Gorky wrote:
I luv PG, but this is no better than average :(
Have to agree - lots of excellent Gabriel out there, but this is just kind of flat. It worked in the movie though.
meloman wrote:
Haven't been listening for three hours, but watching the greatest athletic competition in the world. What a match! Italy beats France for the world championship in football. Bravo Italia!
I was thinking the same thing! San Jose's Joey Chestnut beats the great Kobayashi in the Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest! USA!!!USA!!!USA!!!
meloman wrote:
Haven't been listening for three hours, but watching the greatest athletic competition in the world. What a match! Italy beats France for the world championship in football. Bravo Italia!
Why, thanks. Anyway, there are only two songs from PG's really great album (3, aka "Melt"), and this is no good. :naughty:
cookinlover wrote:
Peter Gabriel`s a great singer/songwriter, and I`m glad he`s back!
Back? This song is almost 15 years old. It's not his best (IMHO) but it has a nice vibe. Overall this soundtrack is a mixed bag with some nice tracks like this and two bona fide classics (Springsteen's and Young's contributions).
Peter Gabriel`s a great singer/songwriter, and I`m glad he`s back!
Shesdifferent wrote:
Aaaahhhhh my ears are bleeding...make it stop :stop:
Oh, suck it up, you drama queen. Geez. Excellent tune from an outstanding soundtrack.
Aaaahhhhh my ears are bleeding...make it stop :stop:
I've been noticing a preponderance of Peter lately.
lixy wrote:
Peter's latest marketing stunt: (click here)
Hey that's really interesting stuff - Gabriel's showing some real innovation there.
nice.
Tony Levin bass make the difference here!!!! great song as usual with PG
Peter's latest marketing stunt: (click here)
cptbuz wrote:
ok the lyrics are different, but isn't this basically a slowed down sledgehammer??
perhaps
Is Tony slapping a stick bass?
"i'm afraid of loving women and i'm scared of loving men ..." - "Darkness" - Peter Gabriel
I like this mellow.... type blues.... makes me wana eat lunch!
I luv PG, but this is no better than average :(
Haven't been listening for three hours, but watching the greatest athletic competition in the world. What a match! Italy beats France for the world championship in football. Bravo Italia!
This song appears only on the Philadelphia soundtrack (and the recent "Hit" greatest-hits album). Peter Gabriel has long contributed to movies, whether he was in charge of the music (The Last Temptation of Christ, Rabbit-Proof Fence) or just one-off songs like this. Do yourself a favor and get Passion (the soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ), album 3 (Melt), and Security. :) kilroyjoe3 wrote:
Bill seems to play a lot of Peter Gabriel songs that are advertised as contributions to soundtracks. Are they original contributions, or do these come from albums pre-So? I only know his Greatest Hits album from before So.
Bill seems to play a lot of Peter Gabriel songs that are advertised as contributions to soundtracks. Are they original contributions, or do these come from albums pre-So? I only know his Greatest Hits album from before So.
Are you kidding, this is one of my favourite PG tunes ever, and I can't stand Sledgehammer!
xjool wrote:
I think Peter Gabriel has written a lot better songs than this one. :( I agree with the previous comment about how this sounds an awful lot like Sledgehammer.
Yep, and that is not a good thing.
Pyro wrote:
and again today!
And again today
funkalicious
cptbuz wrote:
ok the lyrics are different, but isn't this basically a slowed down sledgehammer??
I just heard that, agreed.
nick_valensi wrote:
and again...
Yeah, it's almost as if Bill *doesn't* spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the studio, randomly picking songs...
I think Peter Gabriel has written a lot better songs than this one. :( I agree with the previous comment about how this sounds an awful lot like Sledgehammer.
ok the lyrics are different, but isn't this basically a slowed down sledgehammer??
and again...
Pyro wrote:
and again today!
and today too!
DocGuy wrote:
Hey.. checkitout.. this kicka** set again: 9:46 am - Peter Gabriel - Lovetown 9:42 am - Sophie Zelmani - Hard To Know 9:35 am - Air - La Femme D'Argent 9:28 am - The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
and again today!
DocGuy wrote:
Why I listen to RP: 5:16 pm - Peter Gabriel - Lovetown 5:12 pm - Sophie Zelmani - Hard To Know 5:05 pm - Air - La Femme D'Argent 4:58 pm - The Smiths - How Soon Is Now :cheers:
Hey.. checkitout.. this kicka** set again: 9:46 am - Peter Gabriel - Lovetown 9:42 am - Sophie Zelmani - Hard To Know 9:35 am - Air - La Femme D'Argent 9:28 am - The Smiths - How Soon Is Now