Peaches' Electro Shocks
By Noah Michelson
It's been almost ten years since the The Teaches of Peaches came out. How do you feel about women's sexuality in the music industry since then? Have you seen progress? Have you seen encouraging things?
I've seen a lot of people do it.
I'm thinking of Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl.' We had her in Out and so many people said, 'She's not pro-gay! She's totally making a mockery of us.'
I don't think she's making a mockery. I think she wrote that song and I think her record label and all the bullshit around her made that that way. I'm sure she kissed a girl. She wrote a song about it. I know a lot of lesbians who are outraged by that song. I don't even think it's her fault. She just wrote that song. It's all about how they built it up.
It's the machine. Don't hate the girl. Hate the machine.
The first time people started referring to you as a political artist was with the release of Impeach My Bush --
I don't know' with Father Fucker I got a lot of --
Well, really, from the first beat of The Teaches with Peaches, everything you've done has been political. How do you feel about being labeled a political artist -- that is important to you?
I hope that one day I don't have to be deemed a political artist because I hope these things get more normalized. I just continue to do what I do and I find out where the world is at with it.
Do you think with Obama in office there is going to be a new awakening in artistic circles?
I don't know. It's up to everybody. Like Obama says, 'We are all responsible.' I think that's a cool thing to say and I think that everybody should just take responsibility and push it as hard as possible. The one thing about Obama is he's still religious. That's the only thing. I think religion ruins everything and I think it's ruined a lot of freedom in America especially and I don't care who knows it. I think religion sucks.
You grew up Jewish, right?
I grew up Jewish, yes.
Do you have any connection to Judaism?
Heritage wise, yes, but it's really controversial too. For every religion you're always the good guy and the bad guy. As much as much as you want to identify with someone, the more you identify with that, the more you also shut out. I'm a Jewish person living in Berlin and for me that's really important. People are like, 'Why would you live in Berlin?' I think more Jewish people need to come to Berlin and be a part of it. I'm against organized religion. It's really a strange topic. You could talk days, months about religion. Of course the way you grow up is who you are and don't you forget it! Especially Jewish people. That definitely made me who I am. I really don't want it to stop other people from being themselves.
You did an interview with Debbie Harry a few years ago and at one point you said you never really thought of yourself as a funny person, which is really intriguing because your lyrics are hilarious. How do you come up with them? Do you keep little running list of innuendos --
They just come up and I'm like, 'I like that!' I try not to do it too much. It's the same with the title of the album, I Feel Cream. I wanted it to be a little more abstract and suggest more singing. I've never used Peaches and cream together, which is a really easy connection, so I just thought I'd make it go down a little easy.
What's the weirdest exchange you've ever had with a groupie? I feel like you must have some really crazy fans.
I've had some crazy exchanges. There was this time when I sitting beside somebody and I said something like, 'Can you pass the water?' They must on been on so many drugs that they tried to stick their thumb up my ass. It's like, 'What are you doing? Why would you think I would ask for that?'
Maybe because your onstage persona is so sexualized that people think they have -- not the right but --
There's a line between consent and attacking somebody.