The Teaches of Peaches
|The Teaches of Peaches|
|Studio album by Peaches|
|Released||September 5, 2000|
|Singles from The Teaches of Peaches|
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 indie-singer roommate Feist contributed vocals for the album.
In 2002, XL Recordings re-released the album and as well put out an "Expanded Edition" featuring a bonus disc.
Writing and development
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.
Musically, The Teaches of Peaches, like many other electroclash albums, draws from 1980s new wave music. 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.
Lyrically, many of the songs on The Teaches of Peaches deal with pro-sex postfeminist themes. "Felix Partz" is a tribute to Felix Partz, a Canadian artist who was associated with the arts collective General Idea.
|The Village Voice||B−|
The Teaches of Peaches received generally favorable reviews. The album holds a score of 73 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic. 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." Likewise, Mark Desrosiers of Popmatters described the album as "one of the year's defining albums."
The Guardian included The Teaches of Peaches in its 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die. Slant Magazine placed the album at #236 on its Best of the Aughts: Albums list. SPIN placed The Teaches of Peaches at #10 on the Ten Memorable Albums From Forgotten Genres for electroclash. The Village Voice included The Teaches of Peaches in the Best Albums of 2000.
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.
- "Lovertits" was released as the album's lead single on July 15, 2000 by Kitty-Yo. The song was critically appreciated with reviewers complimenting its new wave sound. "Lovertits" appeared on several Best Singles of 2000 lists.
- "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. "Set It Off" became a top forty hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number thirty-six.
- "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.
The first track was used in the film Lost in Translation, although it was not included on the soundtrack.
|1.||"Fuck the Pain Away"||Peaches||4:08|
|4.||"Set It Off"||Peaches||3:15|
|6.||"Diddle My Skittle"||Peaches||4:37|
|9.||"Suck and Let Go"||Peaches||6:27|
|Special edition bonus disc|
|12.||"Keine Melodien"||Jeans Team||3:26|
|13.||"Casanova" (featuring Mignon)||Peaches, Mignon||3:31|
|14.||"Sex (I'm A...)"||Berlin||3:39|
|15.||"Felix Partz" (Remake with Gonzales)||Peaches||2:57|
|16.||"Fuck the Pain Away" (Kid606 Going Back to Bali Remix)||Peaches||5:03|
|17.||"Set It Off" (Radio Mix by Tobi Neumann)||Peaches||5:32|
|18.||"Set It Off" (Tobi Neumann Video)||3:34|
|19.||"Set It Off" (Peaches Original Super 8 Video)||3:18|
- Peaches – lead and backing vocals, producer
- Alorenz Berlin – design
- Steve Keeping – drums, mixing
- Bo Kondren – mastering
|United States||September 5, 2000||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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