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Watch the Breeders ‘Splash’ Again With Two Indie Classics on ‘Fallon’

The Breeders, "Cannonball," 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

The Breeders’ performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night could serve as a more elegant concurrence to that Dave Grohl anti-American Idol quote making the online rounds lately. It’s probably true the reunited lineup behind 1993’s Last Splash — fresh off a show this week at New York City’s Webster Hall — couldn’t have achieved such prominence in the current pop era. The media environment is different, and some luck always has to be involved; out of context, Grohl’s rap against singing contests overlooks both of those truths. But the look-at-us spirit with which the band romped through Last Splash‘s beautifully skewed hit “Cannonball” and, as a Web exclusive, the album’s slightly twee Ed’s Redeeming Qualities cover “Driving on 9”? Well, it comes across as some friends who, as Grohl put it, “got together and started playing some noisy-ass shit,” and had “the best time they’ve had in their lives,” and then wound up onstage at 30 Rock. It’s unrealistic to expect any band to be the next Breeders, let alone the next Nirvana. But the Deal sisters-led band ought to keep inspiring new people at least to try.