Peeping Tom (band)

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Peeping Tom
Mike Patton and Rahzel performing at Lollapalooza
Mike Patton and Rahzel performing at Lollapalooza
Background information
OriginSan Diego, California, U.S.
GenresPop rock, trip hop, electronic rock, rap rock, alternative rock
Years active2000–2007
LabelsIpecac Recordings
MembersMike Patton

Peeping Tom were an American electronic rock group 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 Amon Tobin, Massive Attack, Norah Jones and Kool Keith.

Peeping Tom has been called Patton's most mainstream accessible work since his days with Faith No More.[1]

History[edit]

Work began on Peeping Tom in 2000, but the album was delayed six years due to Patton's recording or touring work with Fantômas, Tomahawk, Lovage, General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners, Kaada/Patton. Additionally, around this time, he collaborated with Björk on her album medúlla, received "a guest spot on a Massive Attack record," scored two feature films, acted in Firecracker and did video game voice work in The Darkness. Finally, in 2006, the self-titled debut album, Peeping Tom was released through Patton's own label, Ipecac Recordings.

The entire album was written by Patton with a wishlist of collaborators he had in mind and hoped would contribute to the finished tracks. The album featured performances by artists such as Norah Jones ("Sucker"), Kool Keith ("Getaway") and Massive Attack ("Kill the DJ"), although almost none of the featured artists recorded their parts with Patton there. "Instead of swapping spit and underwear, we were swapping files," Patton explained. He said that "plenty of people on the record are still complete strangers to [him]."

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 and song performers Dan the Automator and Rahzel. The video was created by music video director Matt McDermitt. The band made its worldwide live debut on the May 26, 2006 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Style[edit]

Describing the band's sound, 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
[2]
US
Heat.

[2]
US
Ind.

[2]
AUS
[3]
BEL (FL)
[4]
BEL (WA)
[4]
FIN
[5]
FRA
[6]
NOR
[7]
UK
[8]
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.
[2]
2006 "Mojo" 40 Peeping Tom
2007 "We're Not Alone"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

  • 2006 – "Mojo"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peeping Tom - Peeping Tom". Allmusic. Metacritic. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions in the United States:
  3. ^ "Discography Peeping Tom". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Peak chart positions in Belgium:
  5. ^ "Discography Peeping Tom". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  6. ^ "Discographie Peeping Tom" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "Discography Peeping Tom". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  8. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". Zobbel. Retrieved August 7, 2010.

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