If you've never heard of Peaches before, you've been missing out.
This gender-bending, transgressive musician emerged out of the Electroclash scene with the likes of Fischerspooner, Adult and Legowelt around the turn of the millenium -- and she's never lost her edge in her music or performances. Known for her sexually explicit lyrics, Peaches has consistently and implicitly challenged traditional notions of gender and sexuality throughout the course of her career.
Peaches, who has long been associated with both queer music and identity, stopped by HuffPost Live yesterday and discussed, among other things, what being queer means to her now that she lives with a male partner in Berlin. The musician told HuffPost Live, "Queer should include all of that and include what you need to be -- or who you need to be. I don't have a problem with being queer... I should be able to choose who I want to be with also."
Peaches is currently promoting her new concert film "Peaches Does Herself," an electro rock opera stage show that chronicles the life and legacy of the artist.
To watch the whole HuffPost Live interview and for a sneak preview of "Peaches Does Herself" click here.
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Boy George was perhaps one of the most memorable -- if not first -- mainstream artists to play with gender presentation, like in the video for Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon."
The pop star introduced her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, on <a href="http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2010/06/30/lady-gaga-dressed-like-a-man/" target="_hplink">the cover of Japanese <em>Vogue Hommes</em></a> in September 2010. Since then, Calderone has appeared numerous times including in <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9YMU0WeBwU&ob=av2e" target="_hplink">the video for "You & I"</a> and at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
'80s hair bands were known for being womanizers -- and for their love of makeup and spandex.
Bowie introduced his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust to coincide with the release of his 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."
For his album "Mechanical Animals," shock rocker Marilyn Manson explored his softer side with cover art and videos that featured him sporting a strange pair of breasts.
The "American Idol" runner up is rarely found without his trademark black eyeliner and nail polish.
Annie Lennox matched her sultry voice and pink lips with a pumpkin-orange crew cut and a business suit in the video for Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)," thereby blending the soft and the hard, the masculine and the feminine.
From early on in her career, Madonna has always been interested in pushing buttons, and gender play has always been one of her favorite go-to tools for causing controversy. Whether she's grabbing her crotch in the "Express Yourself" video or performing "Bye Bye Baby" in drag at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, the pop star has offered much to the discussion of masculinity and femininity in popular culture.
Prince is known for his love of the ladies -- and clothing geared towards the ladies. The purple pop star isn't afraid of playing with gender when writing songs, either, as evidenced in "If I Was Your Girlfriend."
The legendary artist and musician is known for her love of the outrageous and regularly flirted with her butch side, notably in the video for the hit "Pull Up To The Bumper."
See <a href="http://www.the33tv.com/news/kdaf-xy-movement-dallas-men-lipstick-tights-story,0,3388899.story" target="_hplink">The33Tv.com's full interview</a> with the 19-year-old straight gender-bending rapper.
Pete Burns, the lead singer of Dead Or Alive, was all made up for the band's hit single "You Spin Me Round," but soon gave up on makeup <a href="http://www.celebitchy.com/128014/pete_burns_on_his_extreme_plastic_surgery_pus_squirting_out_science_fiction_horror_/" target="_hplink">in favor of (MAJOR) plastic surgery</a> to achieve his feminine look.