The Breeders started as a way for Pixies bassist Kim Deal and Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donelly to let out some suppressed creative energy, but thanks to the success of their second album Last Splash and its smash hit single "Cannonball," the band became one of the biggest -- and quirkiest -- acts of the early-'90s alternative rock revolution. Though the large gaps of time between their later albums made their career trajectory less than predictable, the Breeders' appeal, not to mention influence on later bands, lasted for decades. Taking their name from the group Deal led with her twin sister, Kelley, in their teens, the Breeders combined the spareness of Throwing Muses with the shifting dynamics and warped pop sensibilities of the Pixies. Deal and Donelly both played guitar, leaving bass to Josephine Wiggs of Perfect Disaster and ...
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