The Breeders – such a great band, such fun. Always the right time to hear them, always good to listen to. I loved the Pixies, but I don’t feel their music has aged all that well. I love the side-projects – and related acts. Belly, Throwing Muses, Kelley Deal 6000, The Amps. So many good things came to me through hearing the Pixies. None more so than the Breeders though. Two very special albums. Two pretty good albums. And now a new one – which, after just one listen already sounds pretty great; pretty special, just good to know there’s more music from them. And here’s to seeing them live again. Seen them twice. Great gigs. So here we are with Five Songs For Friday – this edition in celebration of the return of the Breeders. One song from each album. Here goes…
1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Pod)
One of my favourite Beatles covers, and the key to me really digging Pod, the first Breeders album. There are other great songs on here, but this is the one that sold me on this album.
2. No Aloha (Last Splash)
Three years on from Pod and Last Splash is the big one – the favourite, the best I think. And I should have linked to Cannonball (so there you go) since that was the ubiquitous hit, the signature song. It was, for a time, one of my favourites. But there are so many gems on this album.
3. Son of Three (Title TK)
I liked Title TK – for existing as much as anything; a “comeback”, not the end of The Breeders. Liked it more for providing me with my first opportunity for seeing the band.
4. Overglazed (Mountain Battles)
Mountain Battles is the one I’ve listened to least – but I still dig it. Right time, right place. Love this right-side-of-shambolic opener. And again they came to NZ in support of this and it was a good, good gig. Maybe not quite as great as seeing them for the first time but not far off.
5. Wait In The Car (All Nerve)
At the sound of that opening line, both the chugging charge of the guitar and the shouted lyric-command, “Good Morning!” – it was the return of The Breeders. All felt right. And good. And All Nerve is a strong album – I can tell that already. No frills, everything as it should be. Just good-time Breeders energy and action. Long gaps between their records. Nothing too clever, but not much in the way of filler. In some senses it’s a perfect wee catalogue. But welcome back. I look forward to diving right in for another splash. Not at all the last one…
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