Thursday, June 15, 2006

NEIL YOUNG ISN'T THE ONLY CANADIAN SINGER WHO HAS LOST FAITH IN GEORGE W. BUSH. PEACHES PROBABLY APPEALS TO A DIFFERENT CROWD THOUGH

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If your idea of a sexy singer is a white bread, lump of plastic wind-up doll like Britney Spears, you may not get aroused by 39 year old Canadian performance artist Peaches. I first came in contact with her a few years ago when I was doing a fund-raising auction for People For The American Way. Madonna gave us a signed platinum record award. Neil Young signed a guitar for us. Green Day gave us the handwritten lyrics to one of their songs. Krist Novaselik offered to take the high bidder for a day of flying on his self-piloted airplane. There were hundreds of wonderful items and we brought in nearly a quarter million dollars. But I think the oddest donation of all was Peaches' contribution. She gave us a shot glass, etched with a Confederate flag, and encrusted with her own dried menstrual blood. Bidding was intense and it brought in a couple hundred dollars.

In a couple of weeks Peaches, who lives in Berlin, releases her third album, IMPEACH MY BUSH. The album is an electro-rock masterpiece, with guest appearances by Joan Jett and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, but it is unlikely to get much airplay. Nevertheless, this could well be a breakthrough year for the innovative and unique singer. She made a huge splash at the "Bring 'Em Home Now!" concert in NYC a couple months ago. And you can expect to see her as the opening act for the tour of the year: Nine Inch Nails and Bauhaus.

Please check out her web site where you can see her video of "Kick It" (which she did with Iggy Pop) and listen to some more of her music. Meanwhile, here's a sample of "Fuck or Kill," which will be forever called "Impeach My Bush" by (mostly college) djs intrepid enough to play her music-- but not suicidal enough to risk losing their station's broadcast license.

Dubbed the highpriestess of electroclash Peaches is an Air America fave (well... a Janeane Garofalo fave). None of her singles, "Lovertits," "Set It off Song," "Rock Show," "Kick It" (the one with Iggy), "Operate" or "Shake Yer Dix" has gotten much airplay in the U.S. She's much better known overseas. Here's a compelling clip of Peaches performing "Tombstone, Baby." Sort of takes the idea of "cat fight" to a scary new level

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2 Comments:

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

canadians rock!!
they should be rulers of the world!!(well the liberal ones anyways)

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmmm... punky goodness.

 

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