12/05/2007

Happy 25th Birthday "Shock The Monkey."


A meditation on jealousy, "Shock the Monkey" sounded like nothing else being played on the radio in 1982 and is known for its popular and somewhat disturbing video.

Due to its title and the content of the video, the song is frequently assumed to be either an animal rights song or a reference to the famous experiments by Stanley Milgram described in his book Obedience to Authority. It is neither. Peter Gabriel has said that "Shock the Monkey" is a love song. The monkey is not a literal monkey, but a metaphor for one's feelings. The video uses imagery of a primate to describe personal anxieties.

"Shock the Monkey is probably one of the better known tracks um most people saw that as a sort of animal right song, but it wasn't actually it was a song about jealousy."

The song was originally released on Gabriel's fourth album Peter Gabriel (IV), which was released in the United States as Security. The album is an early full digital recording and "Shock the Monkey" was one of the first songs to use sampling technology utilizing the ground breaking Fairlight CMI and other classic machines like the Linn Drum and the Prophet 5.


Material: wikipedia.org & realworldremixed.com
Quote: Peter Gabriel via petergabriel.com