Peaches (The Stranglers song)

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"Peaches/Go Buddy Go"
Single by the Stranglers
from the album Rattus Norvegicus
B-side"Go Buddy Go"
Released21 May 1977 (1977-05-21) (UK)
StudioT.W. Studios (Fulham)
LabelUnited Artists
  • Jean Jacques Burnel
  • Hugh Cornwell
  • Dave Greenfield
  • Jet Black
Producer(s)Martin Rushent
The Stranglers singles chronology
"(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)"
"Peaches/Go Buddy Go"
"Something Better Change"
2014 reissue vinyl alternative sleeve
Official audio
"Peaches" (1996 Remaster) on YouTube

"Peaches" is a punk rock single by the Stranglers, from their debut studio album Rattus Norvegicus (1977). Notable for its distinctive bassline, the track peaked at No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Song information[edit]

The lyrics to "Peaches" featured coarse sexual language and innuendo to a degree that was unusual for the time. The song's narrator is girl-watching on a crowded beach one hot summer day. It is never made clear if his lascivious thoughts (such as "there goes a girl and a half") are an interior monologue, comments to his mates, or come-on lines to the attractive women in question. The critic Tom Maginnis wrote that Hugh Cornwell sings with "a lecherous sneer, the sexual tension is so unrelenting as to spill into macho parody or even censor-baiting territory".[2] The single was a double A-side with pub rock song "Go Buddy Go".[3] The latter was played on UK radio at the time and also was performed on the band's first BBC TV Top of the Pops appearance, because the sexual nature of the lyrics of "Peaches" caused the BBC to censor it.[4] Still, "Peaches" was ranked at No. 18 among the top "Tracks of the Year" for 1977 by NME,[5] and it reached No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The radio cut was re-recorded with less explicit lyrics: "clitoris" was replaced with "bikini", "oh shit" with "oh no" and "what a bummer" with "what a summer". The catalogue number of the radio version was FREE 4.


In a 2022 feature, Guitar World named "Peaches" as having the 4th best bassline of all time.[6]

An edited version of "Peaches", minus the lyrics, was used as the closing theme tune to many of the TV chef Keith Floyd's Floyd on... television shows. It was also used as the title music in the opening sequence of 2000 British film Sexy Beast and during a party scene in the 1997 film Metroland. The song is also on the soundtrack of the video game Driver: Parallel Lines (2006). It was used by Adidas in advertising in the Netherlands in 2002.

The song is used in episode 16 of the BBC series Being Human, when the hungry "teenage" vampire Adam stalks three teenage girls into a game arcade.

The song is heard in episode nine of series two of the TV series Gotham, the opening sequence of a 2006 Hollyoaks episode, and the 2011 film Killer Elite.[citation needed]

Dub Pistols covered the song on their 2007 album, Speakers and Tweeters, with Rodney P on guest MC vocals and Terry Hall of the Specials singing the chorus.

The song was featured twice in the Back to Mine series of "after hours grooving" DJ mix albums, with Liam Howlett and Audio Bullys both including it. Simon Franks of the latter referred to it as "raw UK old school".[7]

The single was re-issued, with "Go Buddy Go", on green vinyl and with a new sleeve for the 2014 Record Store Day.[8]


Chart (1977) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 8


The Stranglers


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 535. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Maginnis, Tom. "Peaches song review". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  3. ^ Patricia Romanowski (1995). The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. Fireside. p. 959. ISBN 978-0-684-81044-7.
  4. ^ "Peaches – The Stranglers".
  5. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ The 40 best basslines of all time. Guitar World. 29 June 2022. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  7. ^ Back to Mine: Audio Bullys liner notes
  8. ^ "SpecialRelease". Record Store Day. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  9. ^ "The Stranglers: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2017.

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