Friday, 9 August 2013

Art of the Cover - The Breeders' "Pod" (1990)

"It’s an epic that will never let you forget your ex-girlfriend."

- Kurt Cobain (1992 interview with Melody Maker)

Typically beautiful artwork (as always) from Brit indie label 4AD adorns the excellent debut LP from the Boston  supergroup containing Pixies princess Kim Deal, Throwing Muse muso Tanya Donelly and a few pals.

The LP was produced by some bloke called Steve Albini, who considers the album to be amongst his best works.

The art was designed by Vaughan Oliver/ v23.

4AD gave Kim and Tanya a budget of $11,000 to make an album. For the project, Kim asked The Perfect Disaster's Josephine Wiggs to play bass. - the two had first met when Perfect Disaster supported the Pixies in London in 1988.

The band managed to get Steve Albini, who had worked on the Pixies' sublime 1988 album Surfer Rosa, to record the album.

As the Breeders were without a drummer, Albini suggested Britt Walford of Slint, who agreed to play on the album under the pseudonym "Shannon Doughton" (that guy really must have a few issues!)

Pod, although not commercially successful, received an array of positive reviews from alternative and mainstream critics alike. The New York Times' Karen Schoemer, for example, wrote:
"The angular melodies, shattered tempos and screeching dynamics recall elements of each of the women's full-time bands, but Pod has a smart, innovative edge all its own.".
The album also was famously cited by Kim fanatic Kurt Cobain as one of his favorite records ever in the history of everyness:
"The main reason I like [the Breeders] is for their songs, for the way they structure them, which is totally unique, very atmospheric. I wish Kim was allowed to write more songs for the Pixies, because 'Gigantic' is the best Pixies song, and Kim wrote it."
In a July 2007 chat forum interview, Steve Albini revealed that he considered the album to be amongst his best works.

In his journal, back in 1993, Kurt Cobain listed Pod as number 3 of the top 50 albums he thought were most influential to Nirvana's sound .


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Doe 2:06
Happiness Is A Warm Gun 2:46
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Hellbound 2:21
When I Was A Painter 3:24
Fortunately Gone 1:44
Iris 3:29
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Only In 3's 1:56
Lime House 1:45
Metal Man 2:46

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