Peaches (The Presidents of the United States of America song)

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"Peaches"
Single by The Presidents of the United States of America
from the album The Presidents of the United States of America
Released February 27, 1996
Format
Recorded Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length 2:51 (Album version)
2:34 (Single version)
3:11 (Music video version)
Label
Writer(s) Chris Ballew
Producer(s) Conrad Uno
The Presidents of the United States of America singles chronology
"Lump"
(1995)
"Peaches"
(1996)
"Ça Plane Pour Moi"
(1996)

"Peaches" is a song by American alternative rock band The Presidents of the United States of America for their self-titled debut studio album. The track was produced by American producer Conrad Uno.

The song was released worldwide as the third single from The Presidents of the United States of America. It peaked at #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[2]

The band members have acknowledged that "Peaches" borrows riffs from Bad Company's 1975 song "Feel Like Makin' Love".[3] Thematically, "Peaches" also seems to reference John Prine's 1971 song "Spanish Pipedream" ("move to the country / build you a home. Plant a little garden / eat a lot of peaches") though this might just be coincidence.

In 1996, "Peaches" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[4]

Song meaning[edit]

Lead singer Chris Ballew has stated that he wrote "Peaches" about a girl he once had a crush on. He allegedly wrote this song after sitting under a peach tree she had in her yard while waiting for her to arrive, to finally let her know that he liked her.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video features the band performing the song in an orchard filled with trees growing peach cans. During the song's instrumental break, the band is attacked by a group of ninjas attempting to capture them, whom they fight for the remainder of the video and eventually defeat.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 13
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 15
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM) 1
France (SNEP)[7] 34
Ireland (IRMA) 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 37
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 28
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 8
US Billboard Hot 100 29
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 24
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 8
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 23


Preceded by
"1979" by The Smashing Pumpkins
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
February 26 – March 11, 1996
Succeeded by
"Ironic" by Alanis Morissette

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Stovall, Natasha: "UP AND COMING: The Presidents of the United States of America; At Home in Seattle, Cheerfully Singing Against the Current", The New York Times, April 21, 1996.
  3. ^ Strauss, Neil: "Simplicity and Also Crunch", The New York Times, November 21, 1995.
  4. ^ "ALBUMS, SOUNDTRACKS: PRESIDENTS ON THE RECORD", The Seattle Times, January 30, 1998.
  5. ^ VH1: "Greatest Songs of the 90's", December 2007
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Presidents of the United States of America search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches". Singles Top 60.

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