Peaches (The Stranglers song)

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"Peaches/Go Buddy Go"
Peaches stranglers.jpg
Single by The Stranglers
from the album Rattus Norvegicus
B-side "Go Buddy Go"
Released 21 May 1977 (UK)
Format 7"vinyl
Genre Punk rock, reggae
Length 4:03
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Jean Jacques Burnel, Hugh Cornwell, Dave Greenfield, Jet Black.
Producer(s) Martin Rushent
The Stranglers singles chronology
"(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)"
(1977)
"Peaches"
(1977)
"Something Better Change"
(1977)
2014 reissue vinyl alternative sleeve

"Peaches" is a song and single by The Stranglers. It was one of the big summer hits of 1977 in the UK, a close rival to The Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen" in terms of notoriety. The track peaked at No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Song information[edit]

While "God Save the Queen" was notorious for its political sentiment, "Peaches" was controversial because of its sexual content: the song's narrator is girl-watching on a crowded beach one hot summer day. It is never made clear if his lascivious thoughts (such as "there goes a girl and a half") are an interior monologue, comments to his mates, or come-on lines to the attractive women in question. Critic Tom Maginnis writes that Hugh Cornwell sings with "a lecherous sneer, the sexual tension is so unrelenting as to spill into macho parody or even censor-baiting territory."[2]

The lyrics of the song include a word that sounds like clitoris, albeit pronounced with an emphasis on the second syllable: "Is she trying to get out of that clitORis?" The song is driven by a prominent and distinctive bass line.

The single was a double A-side with pub rock song "Go Buddy Go" which was played on UK radio at the time and also on the band's BBC TV Top of the Pops appearance because the sexual nature of the lyrics of "Peaches" caused the BBC to ban it.[3] Still, "Peaches" was ranked at No. 18 among the top "Tracks of the Year" for 1977 by NME,[4] and it reached No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The radio cut, however, had to be re-recorded with less explicit lyrics: "clitoris" was replaced with "bikini", "oh shit" with "oh no" and "what a bummer" with "what a summer". The catalogue number of the radio version was FREE 4.

Legacy[edit]

An edited version of "Peaches", minus the lyrics was used as the closing theme tune to many of TV chef Keith Floyd's Floyd on... television shows. It also featured as the title music in the opening sequence of 2000 British film Sexy Beast and during a party scene in the 1997 film Metroland. The song is also on the sound track of the game Driver: Parallel Lines. In the Netherlands it was used by Adidas in advertising in 2002. It featured on the opening sequence of an episode of soap opera Hollyoaks in early October 2006.[citation needed]

The song is used in episode 16 of the BBC series Being Human, when the hungry "teenage" vampire Adam stalks three teenage girls into a game arcade.

Dub Pistols covered the song on their 2007 album Speakers and Tweeters. The song featured Rodney P on guest MC vocals and Terry Hall of The Specials singing the chorus. Audio Bullys included it in their installment of the Back to Mine series of "after hours grooving" DJ mix albums, with Simon Franks of the duo referring to it as "raw UK old school".[5]

The 2011 film Killer Elite featured the song.

The single was re-issued, with "Go Buddy Go" on green vinyl and with a new sleeve for the 2014 Record Store Day.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 535. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Maginnis, Tom. "Peaches song review on allmusic.com". Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  3. ^ Patricia Romanowski (1995). The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. p. 959. ISBN 978-0-684-81044-7. 
  4. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Back to Mine: Audio Bullys liner notes
  6. ^ "SpecialRelease". Record Store Day. Retrieved 2015-08-13.