Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Breeders "Pod"

I found my vinyl copy of this recently, and listening to it again reminded me of how amazingly good it is. This CD copy was acquired in Oxfam for iPod reasons. These days the Breeders are probably more famous for 'Cannonball' (itself now a very old song), but this album is from an earlier period, before the band was a Kim Deal vehicle, when The Breeders were a band of women who were playing second-string in other bands (The Pixies, Throwing Muses, and the less famous Perfect Disaster). Pod is a great combination of restrained song-writing and sparse Steve Albini production, easily overshadowing the cock-rock bollocks Kim Deal got up to when she had the band to herself. To go further, this is one of my very favourite albums ever.

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Yup, it's a fantastic album, I must buy a new (or new-to-me) copy of it myself. My original is missing, presumed dead.

Never really liked any later Breeders stuff, and they were so godawfully tedious at Electric Picnic last year that I ran off to see some shouty youthful Australian ravey band instead. Who were at least entertaining.

ian said...

I feel that maybe the second Breeders album should be credited to another band, given the relatively few number of original Breeders involved in its making.

Anonymous said...

Breeders was always Kim's band, from the start. Tanya didn't write any of the songs on Pod. And there's plenty of hard rock on it; it's just the Albini recording process that makes it sound sparse.

ian said...

I'm more thinking that bands should change their name if they go rubbish. Or disband. Or not go rubbish.