Peach Pit is an indie pop band. As a result, it isn’t as well-known as its mainstream counterparts, though it has managed to find a measure of success. For proof, Peach Pit released studio albums in 2017, 2020, and 2022, meaning there is an audience for this material.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Peach Pit songs released so far:
10. “Being So Normal”
“Being So Normal” has sometimes been described as an excellent introduction to Peach Pit. Those curious should know it is a breakup song based on the frontman Neil Smith’s personal experiences. The lyrics describe how hard it can be to look past people’s external changes, even though they might remain the same on the inside.
The brain doesn’t stop developing until the mid to late 20s. As a result, people can be quite different from their teenage selves. This is particularly true since the prefrontal cortex is one of the last parts to fully mature, which is a huge issue when it is responsible for planning and prioritizing. “Seventeen” is a song from the perspective of someone looking back. Chances are good interested individuals can guess he isn’t too impressed with himself, though he stops short of self-flagellation.
8. “Private Presley”
Unsurprisingly, “Private Presley” refers to Elvis Presley, who was drafted into the U.S. Army when his music career was roaring hot. The experience was mixed for the man. On the one hand, he earned much respect from detractors for his decision to serve as a regular soldier; on the other hand, he picked up a drug addiction that contributed to his early death. This song’s narrator uses Elvis’s experiences as a way of expounding on his sadness at being away from home. Something that becomes more poignant when one remembers that Elvis’s mother died just before he started serving.
7. “Up Granville”
“Up Granville” stands out from Peach Pit’s general output. It is a romantic song. Moreover, it is a romantic song in which the narrator offers support to his partner rather than the other way around. This is a notable departure from the general tone of much of the band’s music, which often leans towards the more negative end of things.
6. “Alrighty Aphrodite”
Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of love and lust. Unsurprisingly, that means she has shown up in a respectable number of songs because she is an easy way to explore beauty from an indirect angle. Peach Pit handles this with more skill than most of its counterparts. That is because this is a song in which a narrator criticizes someone beautiful for being false and faithless on the inside. This is more or less in line with Aphrodite’s general role in Greek mythology, though that isn’t necessarily the same as her role in Greek religion. For instance, some paid respect to the goddess separately as Aphrodite Urania and Aphrodite Pandemos, who governed the higher and lower aspects of her domain.
5. “Brian’s Movie”
Supposedly, “Brian’s Movie” was once named “Brian’s Song” before receiving a hasty rename because of the movie of the same name. The narrator is someone less than pleased by how more and more of his friend’s time is being taken up by his girlfriend. Funny enough, it is known that the couple are meant to be Smith’s parents.
4. “Drop the Guillotine”
“Drop the Guillotine” came out on an E.P. before being re-released on Peach Pit’s first studio album. It is another song inspired by teenage experiences. Specifically, “Drop the Guillotine” is an angst-driven song in which the narrator complains about how his friend is successfully hitting on the girls he has crushes on. Even the song’s name is melodramatic, thus making it that much better suited for the sentiments it wants to express.
3. “Camilla, I’m at Home”
It isn’t uncommon for people to enter into a prolonged slump after a bad breakup. “Camilla, I’m at Home” excels at capturing this kind of mood. Indeed, the song’s name more or less describes what the narrator has been doing ever since his relationship came apart. If anything, it makes him less defeated than the lyrics make him out to be.
2. “Black Licorice”
Black licorice has its fans. After all, companies wouldn’t continue making the stuff if it couldn’t sell. Still, black licorice is infamous for being disliked by many sweets connoisseurs. The exact reason is unclear. For example, some people might find its natural sweetener sickly and unpleasant. Meanwhile, other people might be more unenthused about the smell.
Whatever the case, black licorice is unpopular with many people, which is important because the narrator compares himself to the stuff in this song. Interested individuals might guess “Black Licorice” is about his lack of success in love. That isn’t the case. Instead, “Black Licorice” is more about the narrator’s fear of being left behind because he is dragging down his friends. Something sad but relatable for a wide range of listeners.
1. “Psychics in L.A.”
This song has one of the stranger names on this list. However, it is literal because it was based on Smith’s encounter with his friend’s psychic aunt. That explains many of the words and phrases in the lyrics. For example, horoscopes refer to astrology, which is the form of divination the public should be most familiar with. Similarly, palmistry is a form of divination in which the supposed fortune-teller uses the shape of someone’s hand to guess their future and their personality. Whatever one’s opinion on the subject matter, “Psychics in L.A.” is an amazing song that deserves its top position.
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