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1993, Alternative Rock, The Breeders

22. Something for the Weekend: The Breeders “Cannonball”

The Breeders "Cannonball"

Coming a little bit later than usual this week (one must sleep sometime), Something for the Weekend presents a video that has become a bit of a modern classic.

With both the Pixies and Throwing Muses beginning a short term break in 1988 following an exhausting tour (both bands had been touring together throughout Europe for the Pixies album, Surfer Rosa), Kim Deal (Pixies) and Tanya Donelly formed the Breeders as a side-project for material that deal had written while on-tour.
What originally started as an idea for a dance band, soon transformed into an alternative rock band, not too dissimilar to the parent artist’s.

Ironically, the name “The Breeders” came from a band that Deal had formed with her twin sister Kelley during the mid-70’s, so it was quite fitting that Kelly joined following the release of their 1990 début, Pod on the independent label 4AD.
The Pixies became active again after this brief respite and released two more albums, but by now Kim Deal’s relationship with the rest of the band had reached a low and with Trompe le Monde released in 1991, was the last of the Pixies in their original run.

With both Deal’s on board and Jim MacPherson on drums, the Breeders released the Safari EP at the end of 1991 and joined Nirvana on their Nevermind tour. However, by this stage Donelly felt the need to move on and formed the band Belly upon her departure.
Josephine Wiggs replaced her in time for the band to record their biggest album, The Last Splash. Indeed The Last Splash became one of the biggest albums of 1993 and produced such classic singles such as “Cannonball”, “Divine Hammer” and “Saints”, although it is the former for which they are best know.

Following this success, the Breeders went into decline and Kim Deal was placed in rehab for heroin addiction in 1994. The band, now sidelined without a lead singer went on hiatus, but never actually broke-up; however their best days had passed.
A year later, Kelley Deal would also be caught out in a drugs bust, debilitating the group even further. In this time, both Wiggs and MacPherson left the operation and were replaced by Jose Medeles and Mando Lopez.

During the next six years, there were several attempts to reignite the band, but all failed until 2002, when the band finally stabilised long enough to record their third album, Title TK. While it was not a commercial success, it was well received critically.
With the Pixies doing occasional reunion tour through the following year, the Breeders took the backstage once again, but returned to release their fourth album Mountain Battles in 2008.


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