Not enough artists cover Peter Gabriel songs.
Well, let me amend that. Not enough artists cover Peter Gabriel songs other than “In Your Eyes” (which could stand a break, frankly). But in the past week, the tides have begun to turn with two new, and very different, takes on Gabriel solo hits.
First up, Vampire Weekend tackled “Solsbury Hill.” As a pop singer incorporating world-music influences, Gabriel might be second only to Paul Simon on the list of obvious Vampire Weekend influences. Perhaps as a result, they delivered a terrific live version at a British festival last week, augmented by an expanded live band. Watch it below, after their own world-pop song “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.”
A very different Gabriel cover comes from country superstars Sugarland, who strip down to a two-piece for their “Trailer Sessions” video series. They take on a (slightly) more obscure song: Gabriel’s 1992 “Come Talk to Me.” “We rediscovered this in a new way,” singer Jennifer Nettles says in the video. “The lyrics — where we’re at within our culture and within our country — feel super appropriate. Even though we’re online and we’re so super connected, we’re actually disconnected in terms of what real talking and real dialogue could be.”
One more new Peter Gabriel cover and it will officially be a trend. In the meantime, check out many past Peter Gabriel covers here.