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"Steam" is the second "single from "English "rock "musician "Peter Gabriel's 1992 "album "Us. Gabriel has said that the song is about a relationship in which the woman is sophisticated, bright, cultured, and knows everything about anything and that the man knows nothing about anything, except, he does know about the woman, and she doesn't know much about herself. In certain countries, "Steam" was more successful than Gabriel's previous single, ""Digging in the Dirt", but in others, it was not. It reached number 10 on the "UK Singles Chart, number 32 on the "Billboard Hot 100, and number 1 on the "Modern Rock Tracks chart. Elsewhere, the song was a number-one hit in Canada, reaching the top of the "RPM Top Singles chart for the issue dated February 27, 1993, knocking "Whitney Houston's massive hit ""I Will Always Love You" off the top spot after a 10-week run. It was also a top 10 hit in "New Zealand and "Ireland, peaking at number 7 in both countries.
An alternative version of this song called "Quiet Steam" was a B-side on the ""Digging in the Dirt" single. It is a very lo-fi take on the popular version that appeared on the album. On "Secret World Live, "Steam" is preceded for a minute or so by the "Quiet Steam" version.
The video for "Steam" was directed by "Stephen R. Johnson, who also directed the videos for Gabriel's earlier hits ""Sledgehammer" and ""Big Time." The director said he wanted to cram the video with as many "things" as possible. The video features digital imagery and numerous instances of sexual symbolism.
- List of awards and nominations received by "Steam"
All songs written by "Peter Gabriel.
- "Steam (LP version)" – 6:02
- ""Games Without Frontiers ("Massive / "DB mix)" – 5:19
- "Steam (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam mix 12")" – 6:44
- "Steam (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam mix dub)" – 5:44
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)