The Teaches of Peaches

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The Teaches of Peaches
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 5, 2000
LabelKitty-Yo, XL
Peaches chronology
Fancypants Hoodlum
The Teaches of Peaches
Singles from The Teaches of Peaches
  1. "Lovertits"
    Released: July 15, 2000
  2. "Set It Off"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Rock Show"
    Released: 2003

The Teaches of Peaches is the second studio album by Canadian recording artist Peaches, and her first under the stage name Peaches. It was released on September 5, 2000 by Kitty-Yo. Her roommate Feist contributed vocals for the album.[1]

In 2002, XL Recordings re-released the album and as well put out an "Expanded Edition" featuring a bonus disc.

Writing and development[edit]

After creating a six-track "Lovertits" EP, Peaches moved to Berlin, Germany. While visiting her old friend Jason Beck, who was enjoying modest European success as Chilly Gonzales in Berlin, Peaches landed a one-night gig. On the merits of that show alone, Berlin's Kitty-Yo label signed her on the spot. The label offered her the chance to record The Teaches of Peaches back home in Toronto.[2]


Musically, The Teaches of Peaches, like many other electroclash albums, draws from 1980s new wave music.[3] It incorporates the Roland MC-505 and lo-fi beats in songs such as "AA XXX", which also features a roller-rink electro bassline. "Sucker" and "Rock Show" employ guitar and Runaways-like singing.[4]

Lyrically, many of the songs on The Teaches of Peaches deal with pro-sex postfeminist themes.[5] "Felix Partz" is a tribute to Felix Partz, a Canadian artist who was associated with the arts collective General Idea.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[7]
Blender3/5 stars[8]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]
Uncut3/5 stars[14]
The Village VoiceB−[15]

The Teaches of Peaches received generally favorable reviews. The album holds a score of 73 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic.[6] Heather Phares from AllMusic said, "Funny, sexy, outrageous, and danceable (not to mention endlessly quotable) all at once, The Teaches of Peaches is a great introduction to a unique artist who defines herself by gleefully blurring boundaries."[7] Likewise, Mark Desrosiers of Popmatters described the album as "one of the year's defining albums."[3]

The Guardian included The Teaches of Peaches in its 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die.[16] Slant Magazine placed the album at #236 on its Best of the Aughts: Albums list.[17] SPIN placed The Teaches of Peaches at #10 on the Ten Memorable Albums From Forgotten Genres for electroclash.[18] The Village Voice included The Teaches of Peaches in the Best Albums of 2000.[19]

At a performance on July 22, 2015, Trey Anastasio of the band Phish called the album the "greatest album ever".[20]

In 2015, the album was named the winner in the 2000s category of the inaugural Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, an annual Canadian music award for classic albums released prior to the creation of the Polaris Music Prize.[21]

Chart performance[edit]

After a glowing review in Q, The Teaches of Peaches sold 10,000 copies in its first three weeks.[22] The Teaches of Peaches sold 50,000 copies worldwide.[23]

As of 2001, sales in the United States have exceeded 15,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[24]


  • "Lovertits" was released as the album's lead single on July 15, 2000[25] by Kitty-Yo. The song was critically appreciated with reviewers complimenting its new wave sound.[3] "Lovertits" appeared on several Best Singles of 2000 lists.[26][27][28]
  • "Set It Off" was released as the album's second single in 2001 by Kitty-Yo. It was later remixed by Tobi Neumann and re-released by Epic Records.[29] "Set It Off" became a top forty hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number thirty-six.[30]
  • "Rock Show" was released as the third and final single in 2003.


To promote The Teaches of Peaches, Peaches toured as the opening act for British alternative rock band Elastica. Elastica frontwoman Justine Frischmann had personally invited Peaches and Gonzales to open for Elastica's North American tour.[22]

After "Set It Off" became a top forty hit, Peaches appeared on the British TV show Top of the Pops, but her performance was deemed too racy to be aired.[31]

"AA XXX" was used in the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show[32] and in the 2004 HBO documentary Thinking XXX.[33]

The first track was used in the film Lost in Translation, although it was not included on the soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

1."Fuck the Pain Away"Peaches4:08
2."AA XXX"Peaches4:30
3."Rock Show"Peaches2:10
4."Set It Off"Peaches3:15
5."Cum Undun"Peaches4:20
6."Diddle My Skittle"Peaches4:37
7."Hot Rod"Peaches4:43
9."Suck and Let Go"Peaches6:27
11."Felix Partz"Peaches4:28



Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Catalog
United States September 5, 2000[7] Kitty-Yo KY55233
Germany September 8, 2000 KY00033
United Kingdom October 21, 2002 XL Recordings XL 163
Russia 2003 Soyuz Music, XL Recordings


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