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Peter Gabriel is perhaps best known today for its closing number, "Biko" — a tribute to freedom fighter Steven Biko, who was murdered in prison by the South African authorities. "I was quite uncertain about getting engaged in a political song," Gabriel admits, "because I'd never directly taken on an issue in that way. I just tried some ideas, and I felt the spine tingling. That to me is the musician's rubber stamp — the spine tingle." After all the troubling themes the album confronts, "Biko" ends Peter Gabriel on a stirring note by exalting the indomitable human desire for freedom. That process is part of what Gabriel says is "a familiar theme for me: looking into the darkness and seeing if there's a possibility for triumph."
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The few who didn’t complete their homework on time include David Bowie, for whom Brian Eno stood in, Neil Young and Radiohead. Gabriel is too diplomatic to complain, though, conceding that he might not have scratched Young’s back enough after he didn’t perform at a charity event the Canadian was organising. “Maybe he still had a tickle down his bottom,” he chuckles.