Peaches (The Presidents of the United States of America song)
|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||CD single, 7" single, cassette single|
|Recorded||Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
|Genre||Alternative rock, post-grunge, Punk rock|
|Length||2:51 (Album version)
2:34 (Single version)
3:11 (Music video version)
|The Presidents of the United States of America singles chronology|
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.
The band members have acknowledged that "Peaches" borrows riffs from Bad Company's 1975 song "Feel Like Makin' Love". 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 (anyone know for sure?).
The lyrics of "Peaches" discuss a man moving to the country to eat vast quantities of canned peaches at no cost to him. Briefly mentioned is what can be presumed to be a hard-working American man who cans the peaches in a factory downtown. The narrator also speculates that a finger sized hole in a singular peach may hold an ideal hiding spot for an ant. He then warns the listener; "Look out!" he calls. Assuming that the subject of the song exists in a finite universe, or at least a universe where the development of life is as rarefied as our own, we can also make the assumption that the subject's access to free peaches is itself finite; he cannot continue to consume free peaches indefinitely. Luckily, the number of free peaches the subject will be able to consume in the country is purported to be in the millions. As such, the subject should not trouble himself with the likelihood that his motivation for moving to the country will be pulled out from under him like so many discourteous rugs.
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.
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
A. "Peaches" - 2:34
A. "Peaches" - 2:34
A. "Peaches" - 2:34
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||15|
|Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)||1|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||37|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||9|
|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|
"1979" by The Smashing Pumpkins
|Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
February 26 – March 11, 1996
"Ironic" by Alanis Morissette
- 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.
- Strauss, Neil: "Simplicity and Also Crunch", The New York Times, November 21, 1995.
- "ALBUMS, SOUNDTRACKS: PRESIDENTS ON THE RECORD", The Seattle Times, January 30, 1998.
- VH1: "Greatest Songs of the 90's", December 2007
- "Australian-charts.com – The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Lescharts.com – The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Presidents of the United States of America search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches". Top 40 Singles.
- "Swedishcharts.com – The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches". Singles Top 60.