Kim Deal's Five Finest Musical Moments
Good God, Kim Deal is spoiling us right now. Between hitting the Fillmore with the Breeders at the end of this month and just releasing a brand new song as part of her series of 7-inch singles, it's all feeling a bit gloriously '90s. The new track, "Are You Mine?" is a dreamy, romantic lullaby with Deal's signature rasp seeped right through it. It prompted us to go back and dig around in the Deal back catalog and get nostalgic. Here, then, are five of Kim Deal's finest moments.
"Gigantic," Pixies (1988)
As everybody knows, Kim Deal and Frank Black had a relationship so volatile that, by the end of the Pixies, the two found it almost impossible to work together. Black broke up with the entire band in 1993 via fax (which seems rather quaint now), and went on to insult Deal's songwriting skills in interviews. It's tragic they didn't get on better -- "Gigantic" was written as a joint effort between the two of them, before the hate set in, and remains one of Pixies best-loved songs.
"Iris," The Breeders (1990)
When Deal wasn't getting the musical outlet she needed with the Pixies, she formed the Breeders and released first album, Pod, in 1990. The album was low-key, perfectly captured the indie zeitgeist of the time, and took a couple of years to really be recognized for its greatness. (The Breeders will be performing it in full at their upcoming San Francisco shows, along with Last Splash.)The above clip was recorded for MTV in 1993 -- back when that was an actual music channel and women were allowed on it wearing heavy sweaters and unwashed hair. Deal don't give a fuck, yo.
"Saints," The Breeders (1993)
Though Last Splash is best remembered for the stupidly catchy "Cannonball" and sugary "Divine Hammer" singles, we always liked "Saints" best. The lyrics were all sweetness and sunshine and summertime fairs, but the attitude was distinctly "fuck you." And look! Deal did the brightly-colored ski mask thing long before Pussy Riot!
"Tipp City," The Amps (1995)
In 1995, Kim Deal adopted the moniker Tammy Ampersand, formed the Amps along with Breeders drummer Jim Macpherson, and put out the Pacer album. The single of the same name was awesome, but our favorite was "Tipp City" -- a grit-fueled, rollicking ode to drunk women, fast cars, and having "relations with anonymous Internet nation," which was definitely a new thing at the time. Dirty!
"Likkle More," Kim Deal (2013)
Last April's "Likkle More" single -- the second in Deal's 7-inch series -- should come with a warning, letting the listener know not to listen to it when in a delicate emotional state. Mournful, cracked, burned out and sad, "Likkle More" is a rough listen for the overly sensitive, but ultimately a gorgeous song. And though it's masochistic, we can't help but wish it lasted more than two minutes. More side solo stuff, please!