I Don't Remember (Peter Gabriel song)

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"I Don't Remember"
I Don't Remember Peter Gabriel 1980 single cover.jpg
Single by Peter Gabriel
from the album Peter Gabriel
B-side "Shosholoza" (US)
"Intruder" (Canada)
ReleasedSeptember 1980
Recorded1979
Studio Ashcombe House, Somerset
Genre Post-punk, post-progressive
Length4:42 (album version) 3:23 (US single version) 3:39 (Canada single version)
Label Charisma (UK)
Geffen (North America)
Mercury (Original US LP pressing)
Songwriter(s) Peter Gabriel
Producer(s) Peter Gabriel
Peter Walsh
David Lord
Steve Lillywhite
Peter Gabriel singles chronology
"Biko"
(1980)
"I Don't Remember"
(1980)
"I Have the Touch"
(1982)
"I Don't Remember (Live)"
Single by Peter Gabriel
from the album Plays Live
ReleasedJuly 4, 1983
RecordedDecember 1982
VenueUnited States
Length4:55
Label Charisma
Songwriter(s) Peter Gabriel
Producer(s) Peter Gabriel
Peter Walsh
Steve Lillywhite
Peter Gabriel singles chronology
"Shock the Monkey"
(1982)
"I Don't Remember (Live)"
(1983)
"I Go Swimming (Live)"
(1983)

"I Don't Remember" is a song written and recorded by English rock musician Peter Gabriel, released as the fourth and final single from his third eponymous studio album in 1980. Although originally only released as an A-side single in the United States and Canada, a live version released with the album Plays Live (1983) reached No. 62 on the UK Singles Chart and remained in the Top 75 in Britain for 4 weeks. [1] The song was included in Gabriel's compilation album Shaking the Tree (1990) and two different versions were included in Flotsam and Jetsam (2019).

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Background & Recording

The song was performed by Gabriel on the tour to promote his second eponymous studio album, having debuted on concert on 23 August 1978. [2] [3]

A studio recording of "I Don't Remember" was first made at Trident Studios, London in Autumn 1978 during a day off on the tour, by Gabriel and his backing band - which consisted of bassist Tony Levin, drummer Jerry Marotta, guitarist Sid McGinnis and synthesizer player Larry Fast. [4] This marked the beginning of work on his third studio album. This early studio version of the song was originally planned to be released as the A-side of the first single from the album in Europe and Japan, however a Charisma Records executive thought the guitar solos were not radio-friendly. [5] This version was later used as the B-side of the single "Games Without Frontiers" from Peter Gabriel (3: Melt) in those territories. Despite its non-inclusion in Peter Gabriel (2: Scratch), the song was performed by Gabriel on his 1978 tour for the album.

Track listing

12" US/Canada single (1980)

  1. "I Don't Remember" – 5:56
  2. "Shosholoza" – 5:19
  3. "Biko (Remixed Version)" – 8:58
  4. "Here Comes The Flood" – 4:57

7" US single (1980)

  1. "I Don't Remember" – 3:23
  2. "Shosholoza" – 5:22

7" Canada single (1980)

  1. "I Don't Remember" – 3:39
  2. "Intruder" – 5:00

Live version

7" UK single (1983)

  1. "I Don't Remember" – 4:58
  2. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:43
  3. "Kiss of Life" – 5:12

12" UK single (1983)

  1. "I Don't Remember" – 4:58
  2. "Solsbury Hill" – 4:43
  3. "Kiss of Life" – 5:12
  4. "Games Without Frontiers" – 3:27
  5. "Family Snapshot" – 4:57

Personnel

Charts

Chart (1983)Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [6] 62

Cover versions

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