“Shock The Monkey” is fascinating because it did everything that I want music to do now: It introduced a whole new sound to radio that no one had experienced yet. I’ve heard plenty of music by Genesis and Peter Gabriel due to my dad’s superfan status for the singer, but “Shock The Monkey” is one of Gabriel’s best.
The instrumental is entrancing, and Peter Gabriel’s echoing voice hits several notes easily. The lyricism is odd but quite humorous. They are mostly funny because they are metaphorical for love. Yes, “Shock The Monkey” is a love song.
After its release in 1982, the song saw success on Billboard. It was Peter Gabriel’s first charting, but mostly saw success in America. Overall, I would rate the song at:
You can check out the throwback song below: