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About Peaches

Hard-core provocateur Peaches is the type of artist every parent fears. In a way, though, the Canadian electroclash queen—born Merrill Nisker in 1966—has always been an educator. Before taking on her Peaches persona in the mid-’90s, Nisker was a daycare teacher who created a popular music program for kids in Toronto. After playing on the side in folk band Mermaid Cafe, she began experimenting with punk and electro-rock; worked alongside local musicians like Feist and Mocky; and developed her racy stage act. After moving to Berlin, Peaches scored a record deal and unleashed 2000’s sex-positive statement The Teaches of Peaches, written and recorded on a Roland MC-505. Featuring instant electro-punk classic “F**k the Pain Away,” the album is loose and liberating and defined the self-proclaimed feminist’s empowering stance on sexual and gender identity. Follow-up albums—including 2003’s F**********r and 2006’s Impeach My Bush—helped bring her glammy shock-rock music to the masses with guest stars like Iggy Pop and Joan Jett, while 2015’s Rub infused her sleazy dance roots with hip-hop and a little Kim Gordon. As long as Peaches’ confrontational art remains taboo, she’ll continue to use her platform to teach the power of owning one’s sexuality.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
November 11, 1966

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