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- Posted on Jul 14th 2010 12:00PM by Denise Sheppard
Peaches is kicking off her newest creative outlet by premiering a self-parodying semi-documentary video for her song 'Show Stopper.' A combination of acting and real life, the 'Spinal Tap'-like plot follows a conservative massage therapist who finds herself immersed in Peaches' slippery, sexy world. The Berlin-based singer shows perfect comedic timing throughout, as she tries on multiple spandex outfits while asking the massage therapist if her camel toe is showing, rolls her eyes at a journalist's ridiculous questions ("Are you a lesbian?" "Sometimes..." she responds dryly) and just generally gets herself into trouble.
Naturally, Peaches is thrilled to show her latest art project to the world. "It's like a small little film -- the idea of taking a fictional massage therapist on my tour, but really taking her on a tour with a filmmaker and creating fiction out of all the realities of what I was doing on the road," she tells Spinner.
Although 'Show Stopper' was written and directed by filmmaker Caroline Sascha Cogez ('Dancer in the Dark'), Peaches enjoyed contributing heavily to the plot and process. "There's so much spontaneity," she says. "I'm quite involved. I was trying to come up with the most insane ideas like, 'Let's put the massage table on the stage and see what happens!'. We didn't tell anybody that it was being filmed for something -- we were just having fun and people went nuts with it. It is all real fans. I was actually DJing that night, doing real interviews."
The video, like much of her performance art, expertly toes the line between fluidity and awkwardness, much to the singer's delight. "I really like where it is kind of uncomfortable, where the Peaches that you know onstage or in interviews has dimensions that maybe you don't even wanna know about," she says. "I'm making fun of myself, I'm making fun of the whole idea of how you build yourself up, the image, how you can represent yourself in all different ways."
The singer is excited about the creatively-inspiring blank slate that her new YouTube channel brings her way and plans to update it regularly with an abundance of videos and documentary snippets of her life. "With the ability to launch your own station, you can go so deep, how you present yourself," she says. "This little movie is already taking it to a new level. I'll keep on doing video after video, adding little films here and there."
'Show Stopper' is the second last in the series of videos from her 2009 release, 'I Feel Cream,' leaving 'Mud' as the only track out of 12 not yet made into a video or mini movie. With that last track, Peaches has decided to throw out a challenge to her fans to come up with the final visual chapter. "They should start thinking about concepts for my video for 'Mud,'" she says. "They should see what is missing, after all those videos, and send it to Peaches TV."
Check out the video for 'Show Stopper' below.