Song of the Day #4,378: ‘Cannonball’ – The Breeders

It seems there was a lot of band crossover in the early 90s. People jumping from one band to another, starting a new band while still playing in their first band, that kind of thing.

The Breeders is one such example. Formed in 1989 by Kim Deal (bassist for The Pixies), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses guitarist), and Carrie Bradley (vocalist/violinist for Ed’s Redeeming Qualities), the band was initially called Boston Girl Super-Group. They changed their name to The Breeders and recorded a debut album, Pod, which was cited by Kurt Cobain as a big influence on Nirvana’s sound.

Donelly left the band to form yet another band, Belly, and she was replaced at guitar by Kim’s sister, Kelley Deal. That lineup, along with drummer Jim Macpherson, toured with Nirvana and released the 1993 album Last Splash.

Last Splash features the song ‘Cannonball,’ the band’s best-known track. You have no doubt heard the opening bass line and guitar riff of this song in countless movies and commercials. It’s a great track.

The rest of the album is very much in this vein, though for my money nothing on it comes close to this level of ear candy.

The band released three more albums over the next 27 years, while each member spent the off time recording with different bands, of course. Their most recent release, 2018’s All Nerve, was the first using the same lineup as Last Splash.

[Intro]
Check check check
One two

[Verse 1]
Spitting in a wishing well
Blown to hell, crash
I’m the last splash
I know you little libertine
I know you’re a real cuckoo

[Chorus]
Want you cuckoo cannonball
Want you cuckoo cannonball
In the shade, in the shade
In the shade, in the shade

[Verse 2]
I know you little libertine
I know you’re a cannonball
I’ll be your whatever you want
The bong in this reggae song

[Chorus]
In the shade
In the shade
Want you cuckoo cannonball
Want you cuckoo cannonball

[Verse 3]
Spitting in a wishing well
Blown to hell, crash
I’m the last splash
I’ll be your whatever you want
The bong in this reggae song

[Chorus]
Want you cuckoo cannonball
Want you cuckoo cannonball
In the shade, in the shade
In the shade, in the shade

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,378: ‘Cannonball’ – The Breeders

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    The opening sounds vaguely familiar, but not really that instantly recognizable, and neither is the rest of the song for that matter.

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