Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Peter Gabriel – Biko

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214 – Peter Gabriel – Biko (1980)
Written by Peter Gabriel
Produced by Steve Lillywhite
Label – Charisma

Just occasionally rock music can be a potent force for good. This anti apartheid anthem to the death of activist Steve Biko in 1977 is devastating in its imagery, both lyrically and musically. Gabriel was disappointed it wasn’t a hit, but the groundswell of appreciation over the next few years would directly influence Little Steven’s Sun City Project.

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