Big Time

Album: So (1986)
Charted: 13 8
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  • Gabriel said this was "a satirical story about a basic human urge... success."
  • This song tells the story of a man from a small town who grows to be larger than life. The ending is heavily processed as Gabriel's voice gets deeper and deeper, creating a sense of size until it ends cold.
  • Gabriel used a smorgasbord of sounds on this track, some of which were either processed through or generated by his synthesizers (a Fairlight CMI and Prophet 5) or drum machine (a Linn).

    The memphis horns, who also appeared on "Sledgehammer," played on this one, as did Stewart Copeland of The Police, who contributed drums. The other credits read:

    David Rhodes - guitar
    Simon Clark - bass
    Daniel Lanois - surf guitar
    Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin - drumstick bass
    Simon Clark - Hammond organ
    Coral Gordon, Dee Lewis, PP Arnold - backing vocals
  • The video featured outstanding special effects and played often on MTV. Gabriel raised the bar earlier that year with his video for "Sledgehammer."
  • This was used as the official theme song for WWE Wrestlemania 22. >>
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    Matt - NY, NY
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Comments: 12

  • Mark from Jefferson City, MoA snow white pillow for my big fat head. Hey, that song's about me!
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxGreat stop-motion effects video.
  • Edward Pearce from Ashford, Kent, EnglandLp, The Police did not break up in 1983. In June 1986, they played three concerts for Amnesty International. Then in July 1986 they produced re-recordings of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da". They never officialy split though they didn't perform again publically until the 2007 Grammies & their 2007-08 Reunion tour.
  • Tara from Omaha, NeGood song and video but for a long time I hated it because it beat out the Monkees for Video Of The Year on MTV.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandSteve, Oakland: The thing is, as an avid WWE watcher, I DID pay attention but they didn't mention it in the UK shows. Stick to learning to argue instead of actually doing it.
  • Robin from Pittsburgh, Pacan't you just picture peter's goofy smile in front of a mike at the beginning of the song? love it...oh and who loves his song he did for the gangs of new soundtrack!
  • Zac from Grawn, MiThe word "big" is said 48 times in this song (not just by Gabriel).
  • Kelly from Salt Lake City, Utalso, BIG TIME AND SLEDGEHAMMER videos have NOTHING to do with the song, they are just made to throw you off from the real reason behind the lyrics
  • Lp from New York, Nystewart copeland wasn't with the police in 1986, they broke up in 1983!
  • Steve from Oakland, Caif you paid attention WWE announced that this will be the theme for WM around royal rumble time.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandWM22 hasnt been yet numbnuts

    Oh and the HI THERE bit at the beginning sounds a lot like Eddie, the hyper-computer from 'The Htichhiker's Guide to The Galaxy'
  • Steve from Oakland, CaThis is the official theme song for WrestleMania 22.
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