The song is raising money for the War Child charity and celebrates John Lennon’s 79th birthday.
“There is a great necessity for this incredible charity,” says Sepp Osley from the band. “They fight for those who have the smallest voice but the greatest of importance. They are here to let these children know that they are not forgotten. Having been born into a time of war and uncertainty, I am grateful to be able to do my little bit for this charity now as an adult and an artist.”
"Gabriel performed the song live on the television show Larry King Weekend on the first anniversary of September 11 attacks in the U.S., during which Gabriel said that his two daughters were living in New York City and he could not contact them for some time, and that this song was for people who did not hear anything from their relatives then. It was not, however, written specifically for 9/11, having appeared on the City of Angels soundtrack in 1998 (in an earlier version) and performed live prior to 9/11."
Having always loved the combination of film and music (aged 17 he gave up a place at film school to pursue a career in music) Peter Gabriel’s first opportunity to really marry these twin interests came when he was asked to create the music for Alan Parker’s film Birdy in 1985.
Further film work, including his music for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (that became the album Passion)...
...and the soundtrack to Philip Noyce’s film Rabbit-Proof Fence (released as the album Long Walk Home), has continued to feed that interest.
“I have always loved film and any chance I have been offered to work with good film projects and good directors I have jumped at. This is a mixture of songs that have been written for specific films, and existing songs that found an appropriate place in a story. Consequently, there is a mix of different styles and moods.” – Peter Gabriel
Alongside those longer soundtrack commissions Peter Gabriel has also regularly contributed songs to a diverse range of movies and Rated PG explores this other connection forged by Peter between his music and film.
Rated PG is an opportunity to bring together in one place, for the first time, a selection of songs written especially for, or used to notable effect in, movies and includes new and previously unreleased versions, otherwise unavailable songs and a brand new track.
That’ll Do Written by Randy Newman.
Performed by Peter Gabriel featuring Paddy Maloney and The Black Dyke Mills Band.
Produced by Bob Ezrin.
Taken from the film Babe 2: Pig in the City, directed by George Miller.
Down to Earth Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, lyrics by Peter Gabriel.
Performed by Peter Gabriel, featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir.
Produced by Peter Gabriel, L.A. Sessions Produced by Thomas Newman. Recorded by Richard Chappell assisted by Mat Arnold. Mixed by Tchad Blake.
Taken from the film Wall-E, directed by Andrew Stanton.
This Is Party Man Written by Peter Gabriel, George Acogny and Tori Amos.
Performed by The Worldbeaters and Peter Gabriel.
Produced by George Acogny and Peter Gabriel. Engineered by Richard Chappell and Rod Beale.
Taken from the film Virtuosity, directed by Brett Leonard.
* This is a new version of the song. Previously unreleased.
The Book of Love Written by Stephin Merritt.
Produced by Peter Gabriel with Bob Ezrin. Arranged by Nick Ingman with Peter Gabriel and Will Gregory. Orchestrated by Nick Ingman. Engineered by Richard Chappell.
Featured in the film Shall We Dance?, directed by Peter Chelsom.
* This is the film version of the song, which is different to the version on Scratch My Back.
Taboo Written and performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Peter Gabriel.
Produced by Peter Gabriel and David Bottrill.
Taken from the film Natural Born Killers, directed by Oliver Stone.
* A new edit of the song, previously unreleased.
Everybird Written and produced by Peter Gabriel.
Mixed by Richard Chappell.
Taken from the film Birds Like Us, directed by Faruk Sabanovic and Amela Cuhara.
* Previously unreleased.
Walk Through the Fire Written by Peter Gabriel.
Co-produced by Nile Rogers and Peter Gabriel. Engineered by Glenn Tommey.
Taken from the film Against All Odds, directed by Taylor Hackford.
Speak (Bol) Written and produced by Peter Gabriel with Urdu vocal arrangement by Atif Aslam.
Performed by Peter Gabriel with Atif Aslam.
Engineered by Richard Chappell.
Taken from the film The Reluctant Fundamentalist, directed by Mira Nair.
* Previously unreleased.
Written and produced by Peter Gabriel.
Engineered by Richard Chappell and Richard Evans. Mixed by Richard Evans.
Taken from the film Les Morsures de l’Aube, directed by Antoine de Caunes.
* Previously unreleased.
In Your Eyes Written by Peter Gabriel.
Produced by Daniel Lanois and Peter Gabriel. Engineered by Kevin Killen and Daniel Lanois. Featured in the film Say Anything, directed by Cameron Crowe.
* This is the film version of the song. Previously unreleased.
** NB. Due to the nature of the picture disc manufacturing process the sound quality may not be comparable to our recent black vinyl releases, though every effort has been made to make this LP sound as good as possible within the limitations of the picture disc format. For the audiophiles amongst you a hi-res download code is included.**