Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hump Day Treat: Merrill Nisker?

On this lovely Wednesday, we have Merrill Nisker, better known as electroclash revolutionary Peaches, and her video for "Boys Wanna Be Her"!

I think my favorite part of the video is the band. A veritable supergroup, The Herms (apparently short for hermaphrodite) are comprised of JD Samson of Le Tigre (who is so rockin' that keytar better than I thought anyone ever could), Samantha Maloney (who has played with Courtney Love and a ton of other bands), and Radio Sloan (known for her work with The Need, Courtney Love, and general Pacific Northwestern/queercore scene awesomeness).

Peaches' consistent questioning of gender roles and norms, and her fearless sonic and physical experimenting with both sound and gender, are why I really enjoy her work, though. She is out there challenging the hypersexualized, hypergendered music industry, and for that I will always be cheering her on, and singing along. So grab a brush, get in front of the mirror, give a little shimmy and start singing to yourself about how boys and girls want to be you, on this fine hump day!

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