Iconic band dishes about sloe gin fizzes, playing Dayton truck stops and Buffy

The Breeders, (left to right) Jim Macpherson, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Kim Deal, currently features the same lineup that made the smash 1993 album,  Last Splash.  CONTRIBUTED
The Breeders, (left to right) Jim Macpherson, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Kim Deal, currently features the same lineup that made the smash 1993 album, Last Splash. CONTRIBUTED

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One of the coolest bands of the ’90s gave a British tabloid the real deal on how it survived acid, alcohol and playing at Dayton truck stops.

In an interview with The Guardian conducted in Kim Deal's Oakwood home, the Breeders' lead singer and her band mates — twin sister KelleyJim Macpherson and Josephine Wiggs — talked about the band's success, downfall and Kurt Cobain.

The article includes photos by Dayton photographer Amy Powell, who is also a Kettering Fairmont High School teacher.

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The Breeders, three undisputed alternative rock heroines and a hero, gave the world the songs “Iris,” “Cannonball,” “No Aloha” and “Divine Hammer.

The band plans to release a new album soon, and are on tour.

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Before heading out for stops in Europe, the Dayton-formed band will play a show tomorrow, Oct. 10 at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky. Tickets are $25 for the 8 p.m. all-ages show.

The Breeders in 1993, when the band made a big splash: (Back row) the Deal sisters, (front row) Jim Macpherson and Josephine Wiggs. CONTRIBUTED
The Breeders in 1993, when the band made a big splash: (Back row) the Deal sisters, (front row) Jim Macpherson and Josephine Wiggs. CONTRIBUTED

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Here are some highlights from the article: 

👩‍🎤  The Dayton-born Deal sisters started playing music at Dayton area truck stops. They did weddings and were in a band called “Track Five” made up of local sisters.

Kim told the Guardian: 

"A couple of them were getting old so they needed girls to be backup singers. We had outfits, we had dance moves on the stage. Men would buy us sloe gin fizzes. I remember driving there on acid, and the snow was coming, and I was getting ready to sing and I was fried …"

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👩‍🎤 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was a Breeders’ fan.

He named the the band’s 1990 album “Pod” as one of the records that changed his life.

"The main reason I like them 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," he said.

👩‍🎤 The Deal sisters love TV and were in the "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" episode "Him."

Kim has a Walking Dead calendar hung up in her kitchen, and at 6 p.m. every night, the sisters FaceTime so they can watch the news together and discuss events.