‘IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND PEACHES BY NOW, CENSOR ME, CENSOR MY PUSSY'
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Electro-political—sexual-pop revolutionaries are decidedly hard to come by these days, hence why we should savour the magic of Peaches, declares Sandra Marron.
couple of years ago in a Parisian cal'c. an elderly man sitting at the next table passed me a note over breaklast. It read. "l'rust no Bush
but your ow'n‘. Impeach My BUS/I. the title of
Peaches' new album inhabits similar territory and continues where her last album l-ur/iwj/iu'kw' left off. a humorous in-your—l'ace look at sexuality. gender roles and politics. the crucial difference being that hers. as opposed to my l’rench note passer‘s. are all wrapped up in a full on dance party sound.
On tour with her new super girl band which includes ex-memhers oi Hole and JD Samson from Le Tigre. Peaches concedes that yes. the album is an obvioUs reference to (ieorge W. She also explains the second meaning: 'll' you don‘t understand Peaches by now. censor me. censor my pussy. By now you must know that I‘m not just speaking about sex or being explicit or being overly sexual or anything like that. it‘s just about questioning power roles and gender roles and authority and making party music that equalises the balance between men and women.‘
Peaches is deﬁnitely not the militant t‘eminist that you would expect. She is just as animated and interested in her role of empowering the male species as that ol' the t'emale. She hopes that men will be relieved to hear her music and believes that she is. in her own words. ’helping towards a male revolution. a male sexual revolution which I don‘t think ever happened. The female sexual revolution happened whether it was by victimisation and victory over that again and again. yet a man never had to question his
role in the world.‘ she says. Indeed. on her new album. a song like ‘Boys Wanna Be llcr' takes the traditional notion that it. a girl is beautil'ul only girls want to be her yet boys want to have sex with her and changes it to say both sexes can admire this fantasy girl and want to be her. 01'. as Peaches explains. “You have a song like "Two Guys 'l‘o livery (iirl" because in party music I hear a thousand hip hop songs that talk about two women. you know what I mean." .-\t which point she bursts into the Jan and Dean song and sings the line ‘two girls for every boy' to
illustrate her point before continuing. ‘but I don‘t ever
hear about two guys for every girl. And people may be appalled by that. but whatever. it‘s me and I think it‘s time for people not to be appalled. it should be even.’
Peaches has been put on this earth to make music full of humorous conl'lict. cultural contradictions and change the idea that women who sing about sexuality in such a way miist tall into one of two camps: the man-hating one or the vulnerable. kitten mule- wearing. submissive one. She is also here to make party songs and says. 'll' I want to listen to party music and I want to just have a good time. sometimes I get like. wait a minute why is Led Zeppelin saying “big legged women ain‘t got no soul"? I don‘t mean it in an ill or mean way. I mean it. like. seriotisly boys. il‘ we‘re gonna shake our tits. then you gotta shake your dicks.‘
ABC, Glasgow, Wed 1 1 Oct.
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