The Teaches of Peaches - 6 Things You Need to Know About Peaches
An unlikely scenario: Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar performed by one woman accompanied by a single piano. Even more unlikely when that woman is Peaches, the electro-rock provocateuse who has made sexual frankness her calling-card.
This extraordinary show, Peaches Christ Superstar, comes to Brighton Festival this May. It's a performance that will be a revelation to anyone who saw her film Peaches Does Herself at Brighton Dome last December as it brings out Peaches' emotional and dramatic power.
From the outset of her career, Peaches has endeavoured to challenge social norms throughout a variety of artistic disciplines. Naturally a lot has snuck under the radar and with this in mind, here’s six things you may not have known about Peaches:
- She became the poster girl at the forefront of the ‘Electroclash’ genre, which is actually now recognised in dictionaries:
a type of electronic music, originating in the first decade of the 21st century, that combines modern techno with synthesizer music characteristic of the 1980s
- The 'Electroclash' genre died a pretty swift death and Peaches now claims to be the queen of ‘Electrocrap’.
- F*** the Pain Away has been used throughout a myriad of pop culture and perhaps most surprisingly of all ended up as a catwalk soundtrack for both Prada and Givenchy in 2001. The song has since featured in Lost in Translation and South Park.
- Peaches was one of the first women to work with Cynthia Plaster Caster, who famously makes plaster molds of musician’s genitals. Her chest was molded and joined an illustrious troupe of sexual organs including donations from Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa.
- Before deciding to pursue music on a full time basis, Peaches was a children's music and drama teacher at a Jewish primary school.
- Peaches was born Merrill Beth Nisker. Her pseudonym is derived in reference to Four Women by Nina Simone at the end of which Nina shouts 'my name is Peaches'.
Peaches Christ Superstar will be shown at Theatre Royal Brighton on Mon 19 May. Peaches' tribute to a score she has loved since she was a teenager is a chance to see the star and the musical in an entirely new light.