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Merrill Nisker

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Toronto, Canada (1995 – present)

Merrill Nisker (born 1968 in Toronto), better known as Peaches, is an artist whose songs are mainly focused on sexuality. She lives and works in Berlin. She plays almost all the instruments for her songs, programs her own electronic beats, and produces her records.

Her songs have been featured in movies such as Mean Girls, My Little Eye, Lost in Translation, Waiting, and Jackass: Number Two. Her music has also been featured on Showtime’s The L Word television series. Peaches performed guest vocals on P!nk’s album Try This, on the song “Oh My God”. Her lyrics are discussed as part of the Queer Studies course curriculum at the University Of Toronto, and she has been invited to lecture at the Contemporary Music Academy in Berlin. Her most notorious song, “Fuck the Pain Away”, is also the name of an night in Brighton.

Peaches’ music is preoccupied with gender identity. Her lyrics and live shows self-consciously blur the distinction between male and female: she appears on the cover of her second album Fatherfucker with a full beard; when asked if she had chosen the title for shock value, she commented:

“Why do we call our mothers motherfuckers? Why do we stub our toe and say “Aww motherfucker!”? What is motherfucker? …We use it in our everyday language and it’s such an insanely intense word. I’m not one to shy away from these obscene terms that we actually have in our mainstream. Motherfucker is a very mainstream word. But if we’re going to use motherfucker, why don’t we use fatherfucker? I’m just trying to be even.”

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  • thekillingspree

    So different from Peaches... But equally great! :)

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • RockyRevolution

    the tags are terrible!this should be tagged as alternative, punk or riot grrrl.....this isnt strange!and strange isnt a tag!

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • RockyRevolution

    this should have more listeners.....its wonderful.

    12 May 2010 Reply
  • LaviyaLove

    It is the strangest album that I've ever heard, but I loved it from the first song) Tic Toc anf Radio are amazing

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • doornappel

    The first time I saw her and heard her music was in 2003 when she was touring with Manson. I remember buying her CD straight away. Keep 'em coming Merrill Nisker, good stuff!

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • renoba

    Agreed. It's quite strange - not in a bad way though.

    24 Apr 2007 Reply
  • JordanPink

    Very unusual work from Peaches!

    22 Apr 2007 Reply

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