Big Time (Peter Gabriel song)

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"Big Time"
Single by Peter Gabriel
from the album So
B-side
  • "Curtains" (UK)
  • "We Do What We're Told" (US)
Released
  • 1986 (1986) (US)
  • January 1987 (1987-01) (UK)
Format
Recorded 1985
Genre
Length 4:26
Label
Writer(s) Peter Gabriel
Producer(s) Daniel Lanois
Peter Gabriel singles chronology
"In Your Eyes"
(1986)
"Big Time"
(1987)
"Red Rain"
(1987)

"Big Time" is a song by English rock musician Peter Gabriel from his 1986 album So. It was his second top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at no. 8.[4]

Music[edit]

"Big Time" alternates mode between A♭ minor (Aeolian) in the chorus and A♭ Dorian during the verses and is played at the speed of 116 bpm. The song’s bass guitar part is unique in that backing bassist Tony Levin and then-backing drummer Jerry Marotta teamed up for the main bassline. Using one of Levin's fretless basses, Levin handled the fingerings while Marotta hit his drumsticks on the strings, which is why the bass part sounds percussive. Inspired by this sound, Levin later invented funk fingers, which were little drumstick ends that could be attached to the fingers to achieve a similar bass guitar effect in concert. Police drummer Stewart Copeland plays drums on the song, and P. P. Arnold, Coral "Chyna Whyne" Gordon, and Dee Lewis, all of whom also sung on "Sledgehammer", performed backing vocals.

Personnel[edit]

Music video[edit]

Gabriel, successful after his smash hit "Sledgehammer", used the similarly up-tempo "Big Time" to create another visually stunning video. The visual style was very similar to the "Sledgehammer" video, using stop motion claymation by David Daniels and strata-cut animation. The larger video was supervised by director Stephen R. Johnson and produced by Prudence Fenton It was shot at Peter Wallach Studios. Graphic designer Wayne White contributed to the creation of the video.

Song information[edit]

"Curtains" is the title of the B-side to the "Big Time" single, as well as the B-side to the "Don't Give Up" single. It was used many years later in several re-recorded versions in the 2004 Ubisoft game Myst IV: Revelation.

"Big Time" was used as the main theme song for WrestleMania 22 in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

7" UK

  1. Big Time (7" edit)
  2. Curtains

12" UK

  1. Big Time (extended version)
  2. Big Time (7" edit)
  3. Curtains

Cassette single UK

  1. Big Time (extended version)
  2. Curtains
  3. No Self Control (live version)
  4. Across the river

CD-single UK

  1. Big Time (extended version)
  2. Curtains
  3. No Self Control
  4. Across the river
  5. Big Time (7" edit)

7" USA

  1. Big Time
  2. We Do What We're Told

12" USA

  1. Big Time (dance mix)
  2. In Your Eyes (special mix)
  3. We Do What We're Told

Remixes[edit]

Along with the two mixes found on different versions of the single, Big Time has been officially remixed by Electrokingdom. Although reputed to be more numerous, four mixes (Main Mix - Club Mix - Dub Mix - Acoustic Mix) can be downloaded on legal platforms.

Chart performance[edit]

Uses[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Randall, Mac (10 July 2002). "Gabriel, Beck and Miller Struggle With Gravity". The New York Observer. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Grant, Steven; Robbins, Ira. "Peter Gabriel". Trouser Press. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 160. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 120. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Big Time". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Indice per Interprete: G" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Peter Gabriel – Big Time" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Peter Gabriel – Big Time". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 1987-04-04" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  15. ^ a b "So – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  16. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending MARCH 7, 1987 at the Wayback Machine (archived 6 October 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Singles of '87". RPM. Vol. 47 no. 12. 26 December 1987. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1987". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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