Since the release of her debut album in 2000, Peaches has spread her seed on the pop culture landscape, harnessing a worldwide audience and, along with the countless followers she’s inspired, has shaped the mainstream into a more inclusive and sexually progressive surrounding. Over the years, she’s built a reputation on her suggestive and intelligent lyrics, her amalgamation of rock and electro sounds and her balls-out performances, continuing to outdo herself with each brash step.

“Fuck the Pain Away”, the lead song from The Teaches of Peaches, was her first breakthrough statement amidst a multifaceted career: Never officially released as a single (and before the era of blogs) it still sucked in listeners from the indie, fashion and queer circles, and even managed to worm its way into the ears of frat boys and soccer moms (thanks to its subsequent inclusion in a number of films and television shows). Some fans are surprised to learn the track was recorded live on stage the first time she ever performed the song in her hometown of Toronto, before she made Berlin her home, back when the minimalism of her stage setup (a mic and a beatbox) was cutting edge, and it remains a testament to her DIY ethos.

Aside from her featured appearances on the latest albums from R.E.M., Christina Aguilera and the Flaming Lips, Peaches has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at institutions like NYU and the University of Toronto. Her plans for 2012 involve producing the next album from Taiwanese band Go Chic and taking the stage as the titular character in a production of L’Orfio, Monteverdi’s 1607 opera, standing out as the only classically untrained cast member.

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