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Single by Peaches
from the album Fatherfucker
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2003
GenreElectroclash, dance-punk
LabelXL Recordings
Peaches singles chronology
"Grab My Shaft"
"We Don't Play Guitars"

"Operate" is a song written and recorded by Peaches and Sticky Henderson. The song was released as a double limited vinyl A-side with "Shake Yer Dix" to promote the release of her second studio album Fatherfucker.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single[2]
  1. "Operate" – 3:28
  2. "Shake Yer Dix" – 3:32

Song usage[edit]

"Operate" has been used in movies Mean Girls and Waiting.... The song was also used in the American television series Las Vegas (episode title: New Orleans).[3]

In 2017, following the release of Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do", some commentators suggested that the song sampled the beat from "Operate".[4][5] Some Twitter users speculated that the alleged sample was a subtle reference to a Katy Perry tweet warning people to "watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing", since George appeared in the Mean Girls scene which featured the Peaches song.[6] For a time, music annotation website Genius listed "Operate" as being sampled in the Swift single.[4] Writing for the Alternative Press, Maggie Dickman argued that Swift's song "clearly sounds like" the Peaches song, and also remarked that Swift's music video was similar to Peaches'.[4] In an article for W, Kyle Munzenrieder argued that the beat in Swift's song sounded similar but not the same, since it was "cleaner and more toned down".[6] In her liner notes, Swift credited a sample of the Right Said Fred song "I'm Too Sexy", but did not list the Peaches song as a sample.[5] A mashup of "Operate" and "Look What You Made Me Do" was posted to YouTube.[6]


Chart (2003) Peak
UK Singles Chart[7] 112


  1. ^ Henderson releases long-awaited solo CD Orangeville.com. Retrieved 2022-08-03.
  2. ^ Peaches - Operate Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  3. ^ Peaches - Filmography IMDb. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  4. ^ a b c Dickman, Maggie (August 25, 2017). "Taylor Swift's new song "LWYMMD" clearly samples Peaches' "Operate"". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Vain, Madison (August 25, 2017). "The internet thinks Taylor Swift secretly sampled Peaches' Mean Girls song". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c Munzenrieder, Kyle (September 6, 2017). "Taylor Swift's New Songs Keep Getting Compared to Old Hipster Hits". W. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  7. ^ "Chart Log UK : Rodney P. - Pussycat Dolls". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-04-30.