I'd always sworn that Peaches put on an incredible show. If my memory was correct, she was a ball of nonstop energy who had audiences simultaneously laughing and rocking their heads back and forth. But it had been many years since I saw her live, so surely last night's show at the Ground to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut album, The Teaches of Peaches
, couldn't live up to the past. Time waits for no one, and all that.
At 9 p.m., Peaches toyed with my trepidation. She limped onstage, leaning onto a walker, a pussy hat on her head and a skimpy one-piece bathing suit barely covering her body. She cracked her neck theatrically, accompanied by exaggerated sound effects on the speakers. Then she pulled a microphone out of her purse, yelled, "Miami, I want to party!" and kicked her walker across the stage before rapping, "Motherfuckers want to get with me/Lay with me, love with me/All right."
For the next two hours, the Canadian artist didn't stop shocking or rocking.
Perhaps she's a New Times
reader and read yesterday's article wherein Club Space (where the Ground is located) promised equal-opportunity dancing regardless of gender
. During the opener, "Set It Off," Peaches did what many male rock stars take for granted: She shucked her top and performed bare-chested.
"Too soon?" she asked the crowd. "I mean, it's only the first song."
She had plenty of tricks besides letting her breasts hang out. The last time I saw her perform, it was just Peaches and her groovebox sequencer, this time she had a troupe accompanying her. A guitarist in fishnet stockings shredded their axe, drummers were brought out from time to time to kick a powerful beat, and dancers performed in various states of undress. Still, it was hard to keep your eyes off Peaches. Whether she was reciting X-rated lyrics, standing on the palms of her fans, or ending the night with a hammy, foul-mouthed rendition of Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," Peaches knows how to hold an audience's attention throughout a two-hour show.
The tour was advertised as a celebration of her 2002 electroclash debut, The Teaches of Peaches
. But Peaches didn't perform the songs in the same order as they appeared on the record; she interspersed the 11 tracks with songs from her two-decade career, highlighted by an arena-rock-meets-glam-rock rendition of "Boys Wanna Be Her," off 2006's Impeach My Bush
For "AA XXX," she stood atop the bar and asked who'd buy her a drink before leading a call and response where she chanted "Double A!" and the crowd yelled back "Triple X!" During "Diddle My Skiddle," she sported a leotard emblazoned with the words "Thank God for Abortion." And then, as the night ended, she swore she'd played all the songs from The Teaches of Peaches
"No, you didn't!" a couple of diehards yelled.
"I made it. I know what's on it and what I played," she teased before walking offstage.
Of course, she returned to play the album's opener — and The Teaches of Peaches
' most emblematic song: "Fuck the Pain Away." Her entourage joined her, most of them topless, as all the anarchy and fun of her 2002 debut was brought to life.
- "Set It Off"
- "Hot Rod"
- "Cum Undun"
- "Diddle My Skittle"
- "Keine Melodien"
- "Rock Show"
- "Suck and Let Go"
- "Sex (I'm A)"
- "AA XXX"
- "Felix Partz"
- "Shake Yer Dix"
- "Boys Wanna Be Her"
- "Talk to Me"
- "Pussy Mask"
- "Dick in the Air"
- "Fuck the Pain Away"
- "It's All Coming Back to Me Now"