Friday, April 14, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Breeders

Artist:The Breeders
Album:Last Splash

The Breeders are a mostly girl group that started as a side project of Pixies bassist Kim Deal. They had success with the 1993 album Last Splash and the single Cannonball. The Breeders became a priority after Pixies split up. In 1989, Pixies were touring Europe with Throwing Muses. Kim Deal wasn't happy and she was writing songs for a possible solo project. She discussed this with Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donnelly. They recruited violinist Carrie Bradley and recorded a demo. They didn't have a drummer yet. They signed with 4AD with Elektra distribution. Kim had used the name The Breeders before. They brought in Josephine Wiggs from The Perfect Disaster to play bass. Steve Albini was hired to produce. He had worked with Pixies. He suggested drummer Britt Walford who used the pseudonym Shannon Doughton. The 1990 album Pod was recorded in Scotland. It was critically acclaimed but it was not a commercial success. So everyone returned to their original bands. But then Pixies split up in 1991. Kim and Josephine recorded a song on England and then recorded more songs in New York. That was released as the Safari EP. Tanya started the band Belly. So Kim asked her sister Kelley Deal to play guitar and she also brought in Pixies drummer Jim McPherson. The Breeders opened for Nirvana on their European tour. They released Last Splash in 1993. The single Cannonball reached #44 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video was in heavy rotation on MTV and the album was certified Platinum. After touring, Kelley was busted for drugs. The Breeders went on hiatus. Kim and McPherson formed The Amps and released an album. She revived The Breeders in 1996 with McPherson and Bradley. Eventually the Deal sisters reunited and the Breeders toured in 2001 and released an album using studio musicians in 2002. They continued to tour and they released an album in 2008. The Breeders' status is uncertain. Last year there was talk about them recording new music. But their website hasn't been updated since 2014. That's a sign that they aren't active. Here's the video for Cannonball by The Breeders.

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