“CUM UNDUN”, “DIDDLE MY SKITTLE” AND “SLIPPERY DICK” ARE JUST A FEW CHOICE SINGLES FROM THE FEROCIOUS MOUTH THAT BROUGHT YOU THE ALBUM “IMPEACH MY BUSH” AND THE MEGA-HIT “F**K THE PAIN AWAY”. FROM AGEISM TO GENDER IDENTITY, THERE’S NO TOPIC OFF LIMITS, HOWEVER HER ORGY OF RAUNCH IS ONLY ONE REASON SHE LEAVE US WITH MUCH MORE THAN A TENT IN OUR PANTS. MERRILL BETH NISKER IS AN ACCOMPLISHED DJ AND PRODUCER, WHO’S THE BADASS ARTIST WE’VE COME TO LOVE AS PEACHES, A FOREVER SHOUT-OUT TO NINA SIMONE. HER CHUTZPAH WAS APPARENTLY TOO MUCH FOR THE HALLS OF THE ASSOCIATED HEBREW SCHOOLS OF TORONTO, WHERE SHE GOT HER GLEEK-ON BY TEACHING MUSIC AND DRAMA. SINCE THEN SHE HAS COLLABORATED WITH ARTISTS THAT WOULD MAKE ANY MUSIC JUNKIE FEEL CREAM; IGGY POP, JOAN JETT, BETH DITTO, LE TIGRE, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, R.E.M., M.I.A. AND FEIST, ANOTHER CANUCK SHE WAS ONCE ROOMIES WITH. FOR THE RECORD, ZIGGY STARDUST’S TWISTED SISTER HAS BEEN DRESSING IN FLAMBOYANT OUTFITS FOR MANY YEARS THAT WOULD MAKE GAGA BLUSH. WE PHONED HER IN BERLIN WHERE THE EASILY LOVABLE AND SURPRISINGLY APPROACHABLE CANADIAN SUPERSTAR HAS BEEN LIVING FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE PAST DECADE.
TEXT Jose Ortiz
PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Josefsohn
DIRTY: WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU DID THIS MORNING?
Peaches: Oh my God! I had a horrible, horrible dream. So I woke up, kind of in a panic but also relieved. Because to be honest with you and this is a horrible thing to admit, I had a dream that I murdered someone. I’ve had those dreams before, but I don’t actually murder the person. But there’s an implication that I’ve murdered them. It’s more about the dilemma of will somebody find out? What am I gonna do? Will I be able to keep this a secret? More than I’m remorseful of this person’s death, which is what worries me.
D: DID THE PERSON DESERVE IT?
P: No, this person did not deserve it. Usually you never see the action, in my head, you never see it visually, but it’s implied. I’ve murdered them. Oh my God, what’s gonna happen to me? How much longer do I have?
D: WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT REPRESENTS?
I don’t know, I was thinking about it. I’ve had it for like two years and it’s probably happened about six times. Different people, another person, but it’s always me. And last night in my dream, I thought Oh my God, this one is for real, I’ve murdered this person.
D: WELL, I’LL BE SURE TO BE NICE TO YOU, JUST IN CASE.
P: Yeah, it’s horrible.
D: WHAT WAS YOUR NICKNAME GROWING UP:
P: First it was Witchy Poo, because I had long hair. My real name is Merrill so then it was Mertle the Turtle, the Traveling Hamburger Clown.
D: HOW DID YOUR EARLY YEARS INFLUENCE YOUR MUSIC?
P: My dad listened to a lot of Donna Summer and late 70’s disco in the car when we were driving around and stuff, so I’m sure that went into my head somehow.
D: AS A KID, WHAT DID YOU IMAGINE YOUR ADULT LIFE BEING LIKE?
P: I was quite a spaced out kid. The only thing I thought about was how glamorous it would be to run away from home. It wasn’t even a rebellious thing really, I would ask my mom what I should pack if I run away.
D: FIRST SONG YOU REMEMBER LOVING?
P: “Love will keep us together” by Captain & Tennille
D: FAVORITE ALBUM:
P: “Computer World” by Kraftwerk
D: BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK:
P: “Purple Rain” by Prince
D: MOST OVER RATED ARTIST:
P: Too many, can’t decide
D: MOST UNDER RATED ARTIST:
P: Silver Apples
D: WHAT’S IN YOUR I-POD?
P: Astra, Men, Planning to Rock
D: SONG YOU’RE EMBARRASSED TO LOVE?
P: “Total eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
D: WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE DJ:
D: WHAT SONG SHOULD PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
P: Fuck the pain away.
D: WHAT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT, WHILE YOU’RE ON TOUR?
P: Egyptian Magic. It’s bee pollen and olive oil. Moisturizer for every part of your body!
D: WHO’S YOUR DREAM COLLABORATOR?
P: Tina Fey
D: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?
D: LEAST FAVORITE WORD
D: WHAT ARE U OBSESSED WITH?
D: MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
P: Fish sauce
D: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE?
D: WHICH DESIGNER SHOWS UP MOST OFTEN IN YOUR CLOSET?
P: John Renaud, Vaughan Alexander and Nordenfeldt.
D: WHO IS YOUR STYLE MUSE?
P: Kristy McNichol
D: WHICH TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE?
P: Total memory recall
D: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
P: Bad ass bitch
D: BEST QUALITY IN A MAN:
D: BEST QUALITY IN A WOMAN:
D: FAVORITE WEBSITE:
D: WHAT’S THE WORST JOB YOU EVER HAD?
P: Glue gunning novelty jewelry in a factory.
D: WHAT HISTORICAL FIGURE DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY WITH?
P: Rodney Dangerfield
D: IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
P: I’d like to have less heartburn.
D: MY FANTASY ENTOURAGE INCLUDES:
P: Patti Smith, Liberace, Gilda Radner.
D: WHAT WORDS DO YOU MOST OVERUSE
P: Fuck, like…
D: BEST HANG OVER MUNCHIES?
P: Pizza Napoli with lots of anchovies!!!
D: ON WHAT OCCASION DO YOU LIE?
P: When it saves my ass!
D: HOW DO YOU INDULGE YOURSELF, COMPLETELY?
D: ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO MENTION:
P: I’m in the middle of producing an electro girl group from Taiwan called Go Chic! They got a grant from the Taiwanese government and came over to Berlin for a month to record with me. It was an incredible experience for all of us. It was their first time being produced and my first time being the producer. Also, In May, I will be singing the part of ORFEO in the Monteverdi Italian Opera ORFEO. I don’t know any Italian or Opera, so it’s going to be a big challenge.