The Breeders are Still Goofy and Charming, 20 Years Later
by Lizzy Goodman
I remember the first time I saw the video for the Breeders “Cannonball.” It was summer and I was home from camp early and watching MTV, which I rarely got to do. There it was: an actual cannon ball rolling down a suburban street followed by shots of these two cute brunettes and their friends hanging out and playing music. The scene was so quirky and intimate and the music so big and emotional, I was mesmerized. Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I grew up, was not a hotbed of alternative culture. Access to a world in which a pretty girl could also be goofy and strange and wearing deliberately dorky knee socks didn’t exist to me then. This video was like peeking through the looking glass: who were these fascinating creatures?
The answer, of course, is Kim and Kelley Deal, also known as the Breeders. In 1993 Kim was fresh off the breakup with the Pixies and had finally roped her sister Kelley into playing with this other band of hers. The Breeders’ second album, Last Splash, released on esteemed indie of all esteemed indie, 4AD became a surprise success and went platinum. In an era where selling out was still a meaningful accusation, these girls had done the impossible: reach millions by being themselves. It didn’t hurt that they wrote incredible songs – sunny and grimy at once – or that they had really cool friends. The “Cannonball,” video was co-directed by Spike Jonze and Kim Gordon.
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