Intruder (song)

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Song by Peter Gabriel from the album Peter Gabriel
Released 30 May 1980
Recorded Late 1979
Genre Experimental rock
Length 4:54
Label Charisma (UK), Mercury(U.S.)
Writer Gabriel
Producer Steve Lilywhite
Peter Gabriel track listing
No Self Control

"Intruder" is a song written and performed by English musician Peter Gabriel. It starts off his third eponymous album with the description of a break-in told through the eyes of the burglar, or "Intruder". The phrase "I like...." is repeated throughout the song, indicating that the burglar was not pressured into his actions, but instead intrudes homes simply for the thrill of committing a crime.

Like the rest of the album, this song features the "gated drum" sound created by Hugh Padgham and Phil Collins and contains no cymbals. In fact, the song was built upon a simple drum pattern that Gabriel asked Phil to play while he wrote the words and the music. In accordance with Gabriel's penchant for unusual instrumentation, it features a xylophone solo about halfway through the song. Also, twice a grating sound can be heard, probably made by scraping a guitar pick up and down the lower (bass) strings of an acoustic guitar.

The song was often performed live by Gabriel in the early '80s, and is included on his first live album, Plays Live. In 1992, the band Primus recorded a cover of the song and included it as the opening track to their Miscellaneous Debris EP.