Safari :: The Breeders
from the EP, Safari

Safari the title track on the four song EP by The Breeders released in 1992 on 4AD/Elektra Records. By the time of this release, Kim Deal had enlisted her twin sister Kelley to play guitar for The Breeders. This is the only Breeders recording that features both Kelley Deal and Tanya Donelly.

The Breeders originally formed in 1990 with Kim Deal of the Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses. The band experienced a number of line-up changes over the years; Kim Deal has been the band’s sole continual member.

The Breeders’ history began when Kim Deal, then bassist of the Pixies, began writing new material while the Pixies were touring Surfer Rosa in Europe with Throwing Muses. As neither band had plans in the immediate future, Deal discussed possible side projects with Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donelly. They recruited Carrie Bradley, violinist and vocalist in Boston band Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, and recorded a short demo tape. 

With the help of three different drummers; David Narcizo, Mickey Bones, Carl Haarer and bassist Ray Halliday, Kim and Tanya completed their demo tape and subsequently played one show at The Rathskeller in Boston. They were not called the Breeders at this point, but were billed as “Boston Girl Super-Group“. The band sent the tape to the English independent record label 4AD because both the Pixies and Throwing Muses were signed to the label. Upon hearing the tape, 4AD head Ivo Watts-Russell remarked “This is absolutely magical, beautiful stuff.

Following their debut album Pod, the members of the Breeders returned to their original bands. The Pixies released Bossanova in 1990 and Trompe le Monde in 1991, but by the end of 1991 were becoming less active. Deal, with time off from the Pixies, visited Wiggs in Brighton, and they went into a London studio with Spacemen3/Spiritualized drummer Jon Mattock to record a new song called Safari. The other three tracks on what became the Safari EP were recorded in New York with Britt Walford and Tanya Donelly, who was by then planning to form Belly at that time. Kim then asked her sister Kelley Deal to take over on guitar, even though, famously, Kelley did not know how to play guitar. The Pixies became inactive in mid-1992, at which time drummer Jim Macpherson was recruited and the Breeders became a full-time band,opening for Nirvana on their 1992 European tour.



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