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Episode · 1 year ago

Peaches by The Presidents of The United States of America

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

During the election season we are reminded who the real Presidents of the United States are, and they wrote a great song called Peaches. Do you think these Presidents are legit hit makers, or is Peaches by The Presidents of The United States of America a Song Gone Wrong? Hope everyone is keeping sane right now!

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Hey everyone, and we welcome to songs going wrong, where we, along with you, the fans, decide if these hits songs got it right or did those songs go wrong? I'm one of your hosts, drew Zachman, and joining me as always, is Dave Shull. Steve, how are you doing today? Good, sir. Hello, hi, there, Howdy, how are you doing? And listen, I want to do something a little unusual to lead off the show with my introduction, if you would permit me to do so. Oh, my granted. Okay, you know, I like to lift the veil, maybe show everybody the man behind the curtain, just, you know, a little, a little peak, because we come on couple times week. We talked tunes, we Goo for around sometimes, and maybe maybe you want to know more about me as a human being. Well, here is a key essential to really understand my psyche. I do not and have not eaten fruit since I was a young child. Really has a long pause there, drew. I felt like a long pause. I eat fruit at least once a day. Yeah, not me. Haven't eaten fruit in like actually, I don't want to say, but it's been decades. As there a reason why, just don't like it. Health reason are you? You just don't like I am my wife cannot stand me. I am the pickiest eater on the face of the Earth, and I'm like, you know, this thing has seeds in it. That's too much work. Oh, the consistency of a banana, God forbid putting that. That's going to sound disgusting, but putting something like that in your mouth. No, that sounds somewhat pornographic to maybe the whole Oh, this episode, I think we might go there any okay, all right, but yeah, listen, I just talked about bananas. Fine, that's yeah, and then like it's peaches, okay, and then when I get older, I'm like, Oh, yeah, they spray with chemicals. Man, you to wash that fruit because of why he's going to like become a mutant or something. So I kind of like rationalize what I was doing in my weird food choices and I will eat something if it's fruit flavored, okay, like iced tea. If it's Peach Flavor, nice tea, give me some, come on, that that's that's just sugar. I'll have some of that with the hey, but if you offer me a physical peach, I will slap your hand and tell you to get away from me, sir. Interesting, MMM, very interesting. I love peaches, really we. Yeah, we actually so. My my sister in law, she somehow acquired like a massive amount of peaches, and I think it, I think it's from down somewhere in Georgia, and so we got like like forty pounds of peaches, and this is like a couple weeks ago now. But I'll tell you what, man, they they did not last long in my house, between me and I'm, between my wife and I and our kids, like we had at least a peach a day, a peach, a peach to day each it's good to peach. Yeah, good for you. Yeah, we love fruit here. I usually have at least a banana a day, and I know how you feel about bananas and your yeah, I like, I like Benez are good, you know. Sometimes I'll throw an apple in there, and I'm right now. Like so where we live now? We live out in the country. So now we're surrounded by farms and not far from us as a really awesome apple farm and it's massive and now is like a great time to go apple picking, and hopefully my wife went with the kids the other day they got some apples there. I want to go back with them next time and, you know, get as many as we can because they're so good. And there's...

...like, I know how many kinds of apples they have there, but there's this like rows upon rows of these apples and they're so good and it's like right off the tree, HMM, delicious. So good for you and I'm glad for everybody who does enjoy, you know, nature's candy, but it's just not it's not in the cards for me. I just can't do it. But you know, hey, different strokes different folks. Nature's candy? Yeah, and I can't. And or Pie, yes, fit the theme of this show and the song that we are about to discuss today. Yes, but before we get to that, yes, you haven't done so already, make sure you hit subscribe to make sure you get all of our episodes when they come out, which in fact twice a week, and if you could also leave us a five star review, that would be awesome and we would love you forever. We would love you long time. Yeah, and you can also follow us on twitter at songs gone, drop us an email, sgw podcast at gmailcom or visit our glorious website songs gone wrongcom or, if you want to, you can suggest songs for us or help support the show. We would greatly appreciate it. Sure, what so? Yeah, but let's let's get into this episode. Man, I'm pretty excited about this one. This is cool, the fun songs. We are talking about peaches, which was recorded by the presidents of the United States of America. Author album presidents of the United States of America, which came out and March of one thousand nine hundred and ninety five, and Chris Blue is the writer of this song. Now, Dave, what are some of your memories of this song? I The s were my jam, Dude. That's what I came of age musically, as a fan. I was in bands, so I guess talent wise as well, and I loved the presidents of the United States of America. Or is you know? Some people say the POUSA, say that it's fun. It comes out your mouth good, Pousa. You say Passa, Pusa. Why do you say it? I call them present. I call it Potus. Oh, look at you, Mr Fancy Pants. I mean where you could call it Puzza. Okay, Anyway, memories, memories, memories, Stroll Down Memory Lane. They had some big hits back then and they were warranted, if you ask me, because they were fun, just quirky, feel good tunes, and peaches just happen to one of them. And you know, it's something that I'm very excited to talk about today because, you know, you're the research guy. You get into the nitty gritty of everything, down and dirty with all the info. Me, I just listen to the songs and revisiting this tune after all this time brings me some joy, even though I don't like fruit and even though you don't like thing's right. Yep, yeah, yeah, I remember when this song first came out. I mean I love the video with the Ninja's and the orchard, like it's just so random. And you know the presidents there they are pure s glory. No, just this alternative band that did their own thing and they were successful. It's awesome. Like these guys wouldn't be popular now because a lot of pop music. I want to sound like, you know, the old man on the front porch, a yell and get off my lawn, but I feel like a lot of pop music now it's so watered down and like standardized. Really, you know, these guys are so different. That's why I love the S, was because something like this could get through and succeed, you know, and and I love the men. To your point, they are just the fun band. And what's interesting is, you know, they're from Seattle. Yeah, and you had the whole grune sound a few years earlier, and these guys definitely do not take things as seriously as a lot of those grunge bands did. And and that's fine. You don't have to write. You know, the s really allowed a lot of these niche artists, or we use the word quirky. Sometimes you might want to call maybe, and I hate the term. The fact that it is coming out of my mouth is horrific, like a banana, but...

...like nerd rock. I when I think of the S, I look at bands like maybe gegy Ta Primus. I mean Primus, of course, being, you know, one of the biggest of all. Some of the other acts I'm about to mention, we're quite small in comparison, but cake okay, yeah, some of some of these artists again kind of fit in this weird little genre that I don't think, and to your point, that you just made wouldn't have had the success today or maybe in any other era, like they were allowed to back then. Yeah, and that's why, I mean, that's why I love s music so much, you know. That's why I have another s podcast that you know, that I've had for a couple of years now. It's the decade. You know. It was so diverse, hmm, you know, from start to finish, you know, and it was almost like and even like from like fashion to Muse like there was like yeah, whatever you want to do, it's whatever you want to do is going to be awesome. Yeah, and that's kind of what it was. Yeah, and he even mentioned you've actually gotten Zoob as pants tattooed on your legs. That's how far into it you are. You are deep, deep, deep into the s no, no, that's actually next Tuesday. Oh, yes, tell t bone. I said hello and I want to thank him for my Steve Urkeltat. I don't even know where that Tattoo is, but presidents of the United States America. Right. So, peaches peaked at number twenty nine on the US billboard hot one hundred in April of one thousand nine hundred and ninety six. I feel like it. I thought when I looked at those numbers, I thought it actually was higher than that. But twenty now. But peaches has been streamed over sixty eight million times on spotify and the presidents have over one point seven monthly. So I one point seven million monthly followers on spotify. So they still a little bit of following there. That's good. So there were twenty nine on the the US billboard hot one hundred. The top five for that week was number one, because you love me by Celine Dion. Hmm Too was always be my baby by Mariah carry. Three was nobody knows by the Tony rich projects. For was ironic by Alanis Moore set and five was down low, nobody has to know, by our Kelly boy. That did not age well. Some other tunes on their chart was one, two, three, four, something new by Coulio. At twelve, miss thing by everything, but the girl was also one of the charts. At Seventeen was one thousand nine hundred and seventy nine by smashing pumpkins. Great Song. Eighteen was be my lover by La Boush love. That song s dance was the shit man. I love it. Wonder Wall drop down to twenty eight after twelve weeks on the chart. Who Do you was thirty one, with time in the meantime. By space hog was thirty four, and sitting at forty seven was sweet dreams. Also by La Boush. I just wanted to say La Bouche one more time. I know it's like the way you said Celine Dion. I was like this this whole like maybe like French aspect of a name. La Boush trigger something in you, something inside of you that should be let out to breathe. Maybe La Boush, because when you to say celine, beyond Celine Dion. There you go. They it's like David Letterman when he used to say is about a rus saline. La Boush did I miss? I love the s dance music. It was so fucking great stereo m season. It was like some of them were just kind of like how are you guys, like you know dance music, but it was great, so good. Anyway. Yeah, well, we're talking the opposite. Yeah, this music today, this is not dance music necessarily, but so one of the things we ask, you know, how does this song, how does peaches compared to other songs on the album. I think the album's great. Yeah, the first words on the album are meow, meow, meow, Mia, MIA, mew. So right away you get to send for this band and what they're about with the first song off their their album, which is called Kitty. Is...

...the first song on the album and definitely you get a sense of some double meeting there with that song, which shows up, I think it which I think shows up through no, throughout the album. The next song on the album feather pluck in. I love that song. It's just so s you know, it's so different. These guys are don't give a shit. They had phone with their music. You know, I love that about them. And then we get lump, which was another hit of theirs, and then Bowl Weevil, which is another unique song, before we get to peaches. But then after peaches we get Dune buggy or Dune buggy. Yeah, it's another different song and it's awesome. And this album, hey, they named drop spider man, yeah, and Dune Buggy. Yeah, that's pretty cool. Yeah, I mean, I could talk about the rest of this album, but it's so good. I love it. You know, it's funny because no one will mistake these guys, for you know, like slash or Joe Satriani on Guitar, and that times they just sound like people messing around in the garage, you know, and this is what you get. But it works. So and how does peaches fit in here? I think it pits. I think it fits perfectly on the album. You know, it is and and to your point, it definitely is quirky and peaches perfect mix, perfect blends, and that song is a perfect fit on this album. It's unique. Oh Yeah, for sure. Another thing I like about them. And Mind You, I'm just doing this by memory in my brain. I don't have I'm not pulling a drew, I don't have payges pages of stuff in front of me to tell you, but they made like hybrid instruments. You are correct. Yeah, yeah, it wasn't like a traditional Guitar Bass Drum Band. They were throwing bass strings on a guitar, we guitar strings, what have you, creating their own really their own sound, which is very impressive considering that they did in fact have a couple hits. Yeah, I think, if I'm not mistaken, they would eat their guitars, or think was their guitars would have two bass strings on there and then the rest of the guitar strings, which probably well, I think by this point corn was already out there playing seven strings, but because the corns self debut album came out in ninety four. But Hey, you know, yeah, it was interesting, unique and it was it was all their own. How they did that? Talking about corn and presidents of the United States of America and the same conversation. It doesn't sit right with me. Well, it's corn and peaches, if you you get your way, your Vegel Vok at, you veggies and fruit, buddy, and I'm supposed to be the guy with all those singers. You know nothing correct. Oh, yes, all right. So, lyrically speaking, right, I think everybody knows these lyrics, right. I think of all the episodes we've done, I feel like this is one of the ones where everybody can probably easily sing these lyrics. I think the real question here is what is the song about? So let me ask you, Dave, what do you think Pete is about? I have no idea, I really don't, and I don't like to overanalyze things. If I enjoy something, I enjoy it for what it is. I'm going to be I'm just going to put it out there. These lyrics are dumb as hell. They're true. Intent or origin doesn't matter to me. What I owed A. I mean I almost feel like sometimes these are like trick questions a little bit, because there's it's almost like a nursery rhyme right where it's just the silly words strung together that rhyme and have harmony and sound good put to the music. But I'm waiting for you to say, Oh, when he talks about squeezing the bad peach and goes woman, he's letting out a piece of his soul that he will never get back until he, I don't know, slaves a beast and goes to the castle and rescues the princess. Or maybe, if not so, or maybe fights off Ninja's in the orchard. Yeah, yeah, that too, which was, yeah, the basis of the video correct. Yeah, I got fantasy on the brain. Who knows? Well, so apparently blue wrote this song. He said...

...it's about a girl he once knew and had a crush on, and he sat under a peach tree she had in her yard while waiting for her to arrive. So he had let her know how he felt. She never arrived, however, and and we get peaches. But, with that being said, right, there's there's quite a bit of Innuendo here, right. I mean I don't think this song is just about him waiting under a peach tree or thinking about how delicious peaches are, which they are, but if you listen to other songs on the album, especially Kitty, I feel like peaches a metaphor here, right, because there's the one part where he says, if I had my little way, I'd eat peaches every day, sun soaking bulges in the shade. Why are you? I have no idea what the hell you're talking about. Why are you using the word bulges there? That's just kind of interesting. But then he says take a little nap where their roots all twist. m what's he talking about there? And this line, I mean for real, this a real I poked my finger down inside. Make a little room for an ant to hide. Are you can't tell me this is strictly about a peach or about this girl. It might be about this girl's in a different way. Listen, you're dirty, you're a bad guy. You know that. I mean really, drew, I'm come on now, I take it all out of the gutter. I take it all back. Get some soap for your filthy mouth. I'm talking about INNU windows for pubes and poking and sticking and licking. And I know I never said pubes. Well, no, no, now, okay then, who's the dirty one? Oh, I'm a dirty bird. I am a dirty bird. It is only because I'm associated with you. You see, damn it is. That's it. Our friendship brings me to a dark place. I am a sin. I'm bringing, I'm dragging you down. I'm so sorry. Yes, indeed, the dark half there you WI is all right. So you're saying there's a lot of sexual innuendo. There is. Yes, it couldn't be, it can. It's it doesn't. Strictly, doesn't, you know, strictly call it out. You have to, you know. Yes, you do have to think about a little bit. But I think it's there and I think, based on some of the other songs on the album, like I said, Kitty, I'm like, Oh, maybe it's not just about peaches. Okay, all right, well, let's do the word bulges. When else do you use the word bulge? Okay, you know, you keep talking about Kitty. So why don't you do this for me and all of our wonderful listeners out there? Do you remember the chorus for that Song? You want to say it out loud? No, I mean, come on, that that you know. If you if you told me, okay, this song is sexual Innuendo, I'd be like well, yeah, obviously. Yeah, I mean he says he knows kitty at my foot and I want to touch it. He says, KITTY REAR UP AND SCRATCH OH my jeans. Yeah, that's sort of Kitty Kitty you're going to spend the night. Yeah, that's there's other things we're not going to get. We're not gonna say them, but yes, the innuendo is it's everywhere. Yes, it's very seline beyond La Bush, La Bosh La Bush. All right, man, anything else you want to to talk about about the song before we get into our final verdict here? I did want to mention that they were in another project after their fame somewhat faded, because when you think at presidency United States of America, they had that moment in time. Right. Yes, other than that, they're not still to the point today where people are going to large concert venues to see them and they're not remembered with such reverie to the point where people would still have t shirts, posters on their wall, merchandise would have you you know what I'm trying to get at. Yeah, but they did do subset with Sir Mix, a lot, another Seattle artist, and you should check out that album. It's not that the least a debut album from them. I've heard it. It's not too bad. It's pretty cool. I I did not listen to that but I will definitely give it a listen. They would do well, you know, on one of those like nostalgia s tours, you know, when we're able to actually go to concerts again. I mean I saw was it a...

...baron naked ladies? I forget who opened for them, but it was somebody bar naked ladies, and then Hoodie and I remember I think sponge was on tour with like a couple other likes like a almost like a festival. There was a bunch of bands from the s. So I feel like they would be fine there. You know, we don't do a whole, you know, two hour set, but a good forty five minutes set would be perfect. You know, I just think I'm an I would love every song that they do too. Yes, exactly, but another one of those niche artists that might I don't know if it's overkill having them on the same tour, but I actually saw they might be giants live. I'm not, I'm not, okay, okay, but still like that's the kind of fan base I think would be like, oh my God, the presidence United States of America opening up for they might they must be giants. Killer show, you know, because it's got that whole aura about it. Didn't know do the dog song. They might have. I wouldn't know. Again, I'm not a big Fan and when I was at the show I was stoned out of my brain. I was there to like, not even impress a girl for me, but to help my buddy out who's girlfriend or woman he was trying to hook up with. Head tickets is one of those kind of deals, and I was like, oh no, I think I think they have that song as like East en bul or something like that. But then they also yes, so on the my youngest will watch the Mickey Mouse clubhouse and at the very end of every episode they do the hot dog song. Oh, and I think I think they actually wrote the hot dog song. I don't know if they maken sexual innuendo. Yeah, Mickey Mouse is clubhouse is up to no good. Bananas, try to making trouble in my neighborhood. Yeah, Kitty boy, this episode right when I one little hot dog and my mom got scared. She sent me to my uncle and Auntie and bell are. So yeah, my verdict right. That's where we're trying to get. So do you think? Okay, just just from presence of the United States of America, is legit hit? Or did the song go wrong? I'm going to reiterate the song lyrics, at least to me, are silly, stupid, but they fit the song itself. The music, I think, is amazing. The tempo changes, the chorus, the structure of the song to all to, which I think is very important. I mean, this is a solid jam. People lyrics aside, and I feel like I'm beating a dead horse bring up out lyrics, stinct lyrics. Think it doesn't matter what's being sung over the song, as long as it's rhythmically in tune with the song, it still be a great song. That has okay, the rhythm has a certain Thud Er thunker. I'm trying to make a clunky sounded, because it's just like this Chunky rock music that infects your body and just makes you feel good and it definitely brings you back to for some may consider this to be a better time in their lives. Not saying me per se, okay or drew, but yes, this is an absolute hit and it holds up incredibly well and I must have listened to it. I don't know how many spotify memories you said it had, but I contributed to them a lot today. So yes, I love me some peaches. I'm move into the country where you live. Yeah, that's right, I just come move next door and we don't have peaches here, but we have a lot of apples. So I'll watch you eat a peach. You bought it the supermarket and goal is that good? Drew, does that to I can't have it, I don't want it. Well, I was just say, I don't look, I think. I just think it's that you just don't want it. That's the thing. HMM, peaches, I don't but hey, fuck that all right. Fairy smell nice they do. Yeah, what about you, drew? What do you think? Is this? Is this? Did he a hit or what? I'll tell you what this this song is just pure joy in music form. It's light, harded, like the rest of the album. It's one of those songs that immediately puts you in a good mood. You know, the video for this is an all time great you have the band and a Peach Grove and then they somehow get attacked by Ninja's. It's just awesome. They fight them off. It's so great. It's a...

...little ridiculous and Corny, but they're a little ridiculous and Corny, you know, and not every hit song needs to be profound, like this song is definitely not profound at all. Yeah, but it is entertaining and immensely catchy, and that's why I love s so much, because we had music like this, music that's stuck out. Was it ridiculous? Yes, because I mean it's bad. No, and that's I mean, that's really it. I mean, peaches is a legit hit. I think it's a great song and I miss that. I missed the individuality, you know, the the quirkiness of the s you know now everybody, you know a lot of these acts. You don't get acts like this, where we talked about that already, but you just don't get acts like this anymore, you know. I mean I maybe there's something I've missed and maybe that could be the case. And if I there is something I have miss please, you know, let me know. But if you look like what's in the main stream, because this song was in the main stream, twenty nine on the US bill. What hot one hundred is on the radio all the time. Like now, like there might be some quirky bands, and it's like sure, I get that, but are they? Are they on the radio? Are they getting the airplane? No, they're not. On soundcloud. That's what they are. Yeah, you have to almost like go out of your way to find them. Otherwise you're listening to like drake or, you know, Biber. We do whatever basically is popular. But yeah, so damn kids. Anyway. Can I? Can I real quick before we move on? Can I? You know, I started the show telling everybody my deep dark secret about not liking fruit. But let me go beyond all this and show everybody how the sausage is made, because before sauceage really saw some yeah, hot dogs, bananas, peaches, what? CUT It out, cutting it out, you filthy animal. So pretty show me and you were talking about this song a little bit and I told you a story about I was at a friend's house looking at the coffee table and I was off by a few years as far as the release dates would have you, but still on that that table he had a copy of the president's CD and raging in some machines debut and I was thinking to myself like amazing that at this point in time, again, a few years separated, but still you had rage against some machine. Personally, I don't know your thoughts on them, but I think there were an amazing act. I Love A celtical message being put out. There was intense, it was needed and in many ways it's relevant to this day, maybe more than ever. But so you had this really serious album. It kicked ass, but it was serious, man. This is fucking heavy stuff, heavy topic, subject matter, and that same space, sharing the same, you know, part of Earth. At the same time was this silly, just fun album they're just making. Like you mentioned, just makes you feel good. You don't have to think about it, you don't have to care about anything, you just have to show up and click play and you're going to have a good fucking time. So it's just man again, but you mentioned earlier, there's something for everybody plus more from that decade, and this is a beautiful example of that. So, anyway, now that I've rambled uncontrollably, as I often do, that you permit me to do so without jumping in front of me, which maybe you should. Maybe you should edit me a little bit. I don't know. I don't know, but I don't want everyone to edit you out. You just let me roll. You're all fool out of myself, but I'm sure are the next step of this program. If history has proven anything, we want to take it to the fans. Oh you, it's like you've done this before. Nah, well, that's exactly what we're going to do. So let's see what the fans have to say. So the fans have spoken in droves, and seventy five Nice, even seventy five percent of the fans said yes, this is a hit. So I we have again. We have a try EFFECTA here. We both agree and the fans agree with us, I feel, and...

...what I think everybody gets what the presidents are all about. Yeah, yeah, so we got some feedback to we have at waking robots. said I'd go minor hit, but it's a hit. At Eric will light said this is not a song about fruit, but definitely hits. See I'm not alone. Oh yeah, at qb Doo said that song is the bombcom amazing metaphor. MMM. At that tray carvel said earworm of the first order, and at Ryan Boem said Banger. So I think people are we all have agreements here with this grand down with all of it. Yeah, I love it, love it. So presidence, the United's America Peach, is legit hit. Yep, it's official. It's official. anythink else you want to add? Any other any other foods you don't want to eat? Um, yeah, I don't like chicken wings with bones in them. Too much work, not enough food. All. lobster right, see that my accent. Lobster is the cockroach of the sea. But listen, we have plenty of episodes coming up I can talk about. You know how weird I am. I just want to thank everybody out there for taking the time to listen to our humble little program and hopefully they follow us on social media. And Yeah, that's it. Oh Yeah, five star review. Please do that, please, and thank you. HMM. So, yes, so, make sure you subscribe if you haven't already, visit us on twitter at songs gone send us an email if you have any questions or US want to talk sgw podcast at gmailcom or visit our website, songs gone wrongcom. Until then I'm going to move to the country and eat a bunch of peaches. And thanks again everybody for listening to songs gone wrong.

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