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modern anthem005 Charting The Songs We Love So Well

In 2000, when Peaches released her debut single, ‘Fuck The Pain Away’, she became an instant alt queer icon, but its exuberant two-ingers to heteronormative, patriarchal songs about sex is rooted in a truth she didn’t want to give away.

Brash sexuality has always had a place in popular music, but every so often an act ups the ante in a way nobody might predict. At the turn of millennium, DIY electro-punk artist Peaches delivered her now classic single ‘Fuck the Pain Away’, and did just that.

Taken from her debut album as Peaches, The Teaches of Peaches (she’d previously released an album under her real name Merril Nisker), the song sparked the career of an alternative music icon. A minimal but insistent electro-track, it was a key part of the emerging electro-clash trend of the early noughties, and a frank, sexually explicit anthem in the making.

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This month, it's a very special edition of GCN as we celebrate our queer bodies and explore the crucial importance of self-acceptance. In our cover feature, 17 GCN readers bare all and talk to us about their relationships with their beautiful, unique physiques. Elsewhere, we offer some ideas and options for those hoping to turn over a new leaf in the new year. We also explore the meaning, and benefits of the oft-discussed but little understood concept of mindfulness. And of course, all the best community news, gossip, music, and much more!