Cannonball (1993) by The Breeders: A beautifully crafted and characteristically grungy 14-minute piece of art

Like many young teenagers who grew up during the 1990s, I really liked grunge music. Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, you name them. One band that brought something creatively special for me was The Breeders. Kim Deal just new how to make ‘strange’ – for lack of better words – music, which was very appealing to me.

I recall walking into my favourite record store and seeing this cool-looking yellow digiback in the alternative/grunge section with a furry, red helmet as the main subject. I had never heard of the band before, The Breeders, let alone their single, “Cannonball”.

Digipacks were not popular back then – it was 1993. Therefore, I picked up the CD and listened to it. The rough production, the catchy bass line, the groovy drum beat, the crunchy guitar riff, and the cool harmonies already caught my attention. And then, the noisy chorus of “Cannonball” just blew me away. I clearly remember how the arrangements and this for-me-new kind of colourful sound opened my mind to the less mainstream alternative and grunge world. I was already into the above-mentioned, more mainstream-sounding bands, but this was definitely new for me. Furthermore, the characteristically grungy B-sides of this beautiful single release, “Cro-Aloha”, “Lord of the Thighs”, and “900”, brought my first ‘real’ alternative & grunge experience full circle.

In conclusion, “Cannonball” by The Breeders is a beautifully crafted and characteristically grungy 14-minute piece of art and the perfect amuse-bouche for anyone who has missed out on the fantastic ‘Decade of Grunge’ and is looking for a musical starting point to learn more about that historical era.

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer