Vulgarity & Glitter: Peaches in Concert

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Vulgarity & Glitter: Peaches in Concert

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to cross one of the items off my life “to-do” list.  I attended a Peaches show.  The shock-rocker played a sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, filled with all sorts of vulgarity and glitter.

She dived off the stage and crowd surfed within the first three minutes of her set, and finished her final encore (several high-glam costume changes later) by spewing dark, sparkly red “blood” onto the audience. (Luckily, being right in front, I could tell she was going to spit something and moved out of the line of fire.) It is also worth noting that the bawdy comedic stripper Sandy Kane warmed up the crowd by singing her rendition of "Rock around the Clock"  (“Rock around Peaches Twat Tonight”) by masturbating with her pet dildo and by lighting her tits on fire.  I suggest Google-ing or YouTube-ing Sandy Kane.  She is a riot.

There is no denying that the Peaches experience is incredibly fucking queer. From the sexually charged exchanges between Peaches and her hot femme bassist, Saskia, to the costumes, including a belt that caused her vag to light up and flicker during “Fuck the Pain Away,” to the lyrics in which Peaches often assumes the position of male and/or top.  When she emerged on stage for the first time wearing a big poofy pink cape and glittery pink makeup, I thought, this is a performance of queer feminine excessiveness multiplied exponentially. But as the night progressed, I became obsessed with trying to figure out Peaches’ gender (which I realize is kind of stupid, because who really cares?) and started deconstructing some of her more outrageously performative gestures.

One moment really sticks with me.  During her performance of “Talk To Me,” which seems to be about trying to get one’s partner to communicate his/her/zir thoughts and feelings, two very tall drag queens wearing black lingerie and high heel/platform black shoes came on stage. Peaches was desperately trying to reason with them through the music choreography — but here’s the catch: They are wearing big-ass blond wigs that covered their entire faces and heads. So, let’s think about that for a second. Peaches is desperately trying to talk to these two figures — they are high-femme, highly sexualized, larger than life, but have no faces, no voices. They are mutant femme-bots, caricatures of women, with big blond hair. While visually it was delightful, I am really having a hard time ignoring the politics of this gesture, which seems to be signaling that women are big, dumb, sexy monsters.

While I had no trouble grasping the absolute crudity of Sandy Kane referring to her “smelly pussy” (a gesture which could also be read as misogynist, but I would argue is more complicated than that in terms of the incredible power in Kane’s forcing us to interact with her aged, perhaps even grotesque body), the mutant feminine creatures continue to trouble me. Here is Peaches' video for “Talk to Me.”  You decide. (Though the additional element in the video of her singing to her portrait certainly changes things.)

Stay tuned for a slideshow with photos from the Williamsburg show by Chris Ward!

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Comments [10]

Rockets's picture

I love Peaches. I doubt I'd

I love Peaches. I doubt I'd ever see her in concert as I need to go to bed much to early and do not enjoy showers of any kind outside the, well... shower (spitting on crowd) Many artists site Peaches as a musical influence - I read an article where Lady Gaga listed her (among others) and even before that, sections of Poker Face sounded Peaches-esk to me.

Thanks for the great post!
Christine

sasetcorina's picture

In addition to simply being

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Xanadu's picture

This made me *giggle*

This made me *giggle* ...

I'd love to see a Peaches concert, but I've always been too afraid :grin:

I'm trying to think of which (straight) friend of mine, could handle this? Shock :shock: Laughing out loud

yonks's picture

and could YOU handle it

and could YOU handle it :twisted:

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yonks's picture

Never heard about her before,

Never heard about her before, look :shook: interesting

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Not2Taem's picture

Hi Pepe, If you want the

Hi Pepe,

If you want the little icon with the bug eyes, it is shock. English spelling is a bugger! Shock

yonks's picture

My only consolation is that

My only consolation is that you like it when i'm a tad off :oops:
Your disheveled shkunk

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yonks's picture

:evil: i know, damn edit, or

Evil i know, damn edit, or lack of it

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Xanadu's picture

Don't you remember her on The

Don't you remember her on The L Word, Yonks? At the Planet ... :grin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQGftlRh44c

yonks's picture

wow you know all the episodes

wow you know all the episodes by heart? impressive.

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