Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com.

With only one album under her faux-leather white belt -- "The Teaches of Peaches" -- novel performer Peaches has given new meaning to the phrase "women in rock."

Salacious tracks like "F*** the Pain Away" and "Set It Off" blur the line between male and female, angering some and delighting others. In her own way, Peaches is simply leveling the playing field between the sexes.

"I'm just trying to be inclusive," says the Canadian artist who now calls Berlin home. "Some people find it angry or vindictive, as if I'm against males. But that happens a lot with my music. Artists like Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent get away with so much more lyrically without being questioned. But because I'm a woman, there's that double standard."

Her new album, "Fatherf***er," continues to smudge the borders between male and female sexuality -- as well as electro-hued dance beats and punk-inflected rock.

Due Sept. 23 from XL Recordings/Beggars Group (one day earlier internationally), the enhanced CD is home to Joan Jett references ("I Don't Give A ... "), collaborations with Iggy Pop ("Kick It") and fellow Canadian ex-patriot Taylor Savvy ("Stuff Me Up") and tales of equality ("Shake Yer Dix," "I U She").

Peaches is quick to point out that she does not want to offend just for the sake of offending. "For me, it's about the music. The music must first be good. Then I can offend, make people think and make them dance."

"She started as a home-grown project with some schtick," notes Matt Harmon, VP of marketing at Beggars Group U.S. "But in the last couple of years, she has grown into an artist."

During that period, Peaches has toured the world with a diverse cross-section of acts, from Queens Of The Stone Age and the White Stripes to Bjoƶrk and Chicks On Speed. Thus, she has courted the rock, pop-electronic and electroclash communities.

Looking forward to her upcoming three-week headlining tour, which commences Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C., Peaches explains what it feels like for a girl to play live.

"People think when I'm playing live it's all about my machismo. But it's just me giving 200%. I can't do it any other way. Joan Jett also scared people. So did Pat Benatar in her own way. And let's get one thing straight: I love Pat and Joan."





Excerpted from the Sept. 6, 2003, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com Premium Services section.

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