Did I really hear this weird bit of surreal poetry by (I think) Peter Gabriel on the radio years ago?
July 17, 2012 11:04 PM Subscribe
When I was about 15 (circa 1994), I remember listening to some sort of radio program (on NPR or similar) wherein they played an extremely bizarre bit of surreal spoken-word verse by a very young Peter Gabriel. Or at least I *think* it was Peter Gabriel. In any case, I would love to hear it again and actually learn what album/collection it came from. Presuming I didn't imagine this weird thing involving a train and a golden rod...
posted by aecorwin to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't remember the exact wording of the piece, but I do remember it being so weird that it caught my attention and I ended up just sitting there on my bed enraptured by strangeness until it finished. The main bits I remember describe a train(?) full of people, which at one point is boarded by another person who walks down the aisle between the seats, unzips his skin, and removes a golden rod of some sort from his spinal column.
There was a lot more than that but that particular image-fragment has really stuck with me for whatever reason. Thus, I'd be delighted to know if anyone else finds it even remotely familiar, and if so, if they could point me at the source. IIRC, the radio host said it was written by Peter Gabriel when he was only about 16 so it could be something really obscure. Or not. But googling has come up short so I figured I'd ask here. Thanks in advance!