Sunday, March 7, 2010

90's Guilty Pleasures #46: The Presidents Of The United States Of America "Peaches" (1995)

Not long ago, I decided to label the fun, catchy, innocent, pointless rock of The Presidents as “party music,” which works just fine as long as we’re talking about a classroom’s worth of jumping 8-year-old's at a 1996 birthday party with a blaring mixtape segueing this out of “Amish Paradise,” and not so much a modern day college beer-blast. The same could be said for most of the songs in this “90’s guilty pleasures” list. This entry easily could have been a 3-way tie with “Mach 5” and “Lump,” although an additional layer of “lame” seems to coat this quirky post-grunge 2-part anti-epic, as its subject matter is literally peaches (with vague unintentional references to possibly metaphoric peaches), suggesting greater guilt-potential than a song about Speed Racer’s car, or about a man in a “boggy marsh.” Regardless, all three showcase strong crunch-bass and guitar sounds supporting a less-is-more grunge-pop aesthetic and very strong singalong hooks. I’m pretty sure one of these dudes now writes children’s books.

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