Peeping Tom (band)

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Peeping Tom
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Mike Patton and Rahzel performing at Lollapalooza.
Background information
Origin Tucson, Arizona
Genres Electronica, trip hop, alternative rock, experimental rock[1][2]
Years active 2000–present
Labels Ipecac Recordings
Associated acts Rahzel, Dan the Automator, Kool Keith, Doseone, Norah Jones, Bebel Gilberto, Massive Attack, Dub Trio, Jel, Odd Nosdam, Amon Tobin, Kid Koala
Members Mike Patton

Peeping Tom is a band led by Mike Patton. To date, they have released one eponymous album and two singles on Ipecac Recordings. The band has featured a wide variety of well-known artists such as Massive Attack, Norah Jones and Kool Keith.

Peeping Tom is Mike Patton's most mainstream accessible work since his days with Faith No More.

History[edit]

After about six years of delays, the self-titled debut album, Peeping Tom, finally saw the light of day in 2006. It was released through Mike Patton's own label, Ipecac Recordings.

The whole album was written by Patton with a wishlist of collaborators in mind that he hoped would perform on the finished tracks. "It's an exotic way of working for someone accustomed to a band environment," Patton says. "It was charming, really. None of the usual Animal House stuff. Instead of swapping spit and underwear, we were swapping files."

The finished album featured performances by artists such as Norah Jones ("Sucker"), Kool Keith ("Getaway") and Massive Attack ("Kill the DJ"). Referring to the fact the almost none of the artists recorded their parts with Patton there he said: "Plenty of people on the record are still complete strangers to me."

The first single from the album was "Mojo." It was accompanied by a music video featuring appearances by Danny DeVito, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, Rachel Hunter as well as song performers Dan the Automator and Rahzel. The video was created by buzzed about music video director Matt McDermitt.

The band made their worldwide live debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on May 26th, 2006.

As work on Peeping Tom began in 2000 and was interrupted to accommodate Patton's recording or touring work with Fantômas, Tomahawk, Lovage, General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners, Kaada/Patton, Rahzel and guest turns on Björk and Massive Attack records, two feature film scores, his film acting debut in Firecracker, videogame voice work in The Darkness and an ultimately "ridiculous" major label flirtation, enough material has massed for a second and possibly third record.

A Peeping Tom tour is also in discussion, pending various collaborators' schedules.[3]

Style[edit]

Describing the band's sound, Mike Patton said:

I don't listen to the radio, but if I did, this is what I'd want it to sound like. This is my version of pop music. In a way, this is an exercise for me: taking all these things I've learned over the years and putting them into a pop format. I've worked with many people who have said to me, 'oh you have a pop record in you, eventually you'll find it,' and I always laughed at them. I guess I owe them an apology.

Collaborators[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[4]
US
Heat.

[4]
US
Ind.

[4]
AUS
[5]
BEL (FL)
[6]
BEL (WA)
[6]
FIN
[7]
FRA
[8]
NOR
[9]
UK
[10]
2006 Peeping Tom
  • Released: May 30, 2006
  • Label: Ipecac
  • Formats: CD, LP
103 1 3 12 34 86 31 115 22 136
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt.

[4]
2006 "Mojo" 40 Peeping Tom
2007 "We're Not Alone"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/peeping-tom-mn0000633192
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/peeping-tom-mw0000442331
  3. ^ Peeping Tom
  4. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions in the United States:
  5. ^ "Discography Peeping Tom". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  6. ^ a b Peak chart positions in Belgium:
  7. ^ "Discography Peeping Tom". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  8. ^ "Discographie Peeping Tom" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  9. ^ "Discography Peeping Tom". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  10. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 

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