Peaches For The Presidents Of The United States Of America

'90s rock band scores peaches and fights ninjas
  • The Presidents' Chris Ballew in "Peaches"
July 06, 2011 -- 7:00 am PDT
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The Presidents Of The United States Of America
"Peaches"
1995

Now that the Fourth of July is behind us and summer is in full swing, what better way to commemorate arguably the United States' most patriotic day than with a tune from a band aptly titled the Presidents Of The United States Of America. The song is also perfect for summer as it evolves around one of the season's most fruitful crops: peaches.

Judging by the video, it's no doubt that the Presidents — consisting of Chris Ballew (vocals/basitar), Dave Dederer (guitbass) and Jason Finn (drums) — are fans of the sweet, fuzzy-skinned fruit. The majority of the clip involves the trio performing in front of a peach tree while plugged into a box of peaches. But, like the group's quirky take on '90s Seattle post-grunge alternative rock, it's no ordinary peach tree — the dangling circular fruits are replaced by cans of peaches, likely as a nod to the lyric, "Peaches come from a can/They were put there by a man/In a factory downtown." The video culminates with a fight between the band members and a trio of ninjas. Who wins the fight is unclear but one thing is certain, there are "Millions of peaches/Peaches for free."

The Presidents released their self-titled debut in 1994 on Pop Llama Records, attracting the attention of fans and record labels alike, and the following year re-released the album on Columbia Records. The album peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and "Peaches" garnered the band their first and only Billboard Hot 100 hit.

The Presidents released their sophomore effort, The Presidents Of The United States Of America: II, in 1996 and earned a Top 40 ranking. The band's term came to an end in 1997, with a farewell concert following in 1998. The group re-emerged in 2000 under the officially shortened name, the Presidents, and released Freaked Out And Small. After another break the band released Love Everybody as well as a reissue of their eponymous self-titled debut in 2004. Their most recent release, These Are The Good Times People, was released in 2008.

While the Presidents aren't scheduled for live performances anytime soon, their website remains fairly active. According to the site, on March 5 the band performed a live show at "Rockefeller Freking Center" because "Chris wrote a song for Pokémon, because there are new characters coming out tomorrow, and new games, and because they are little robots and animals and cannot write their own songs." They also seem to be as quirky as ever.

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