Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cannonball

 Here at The 1993 I plan to mix in some longer blog entries about a team, an event, or a sports card set with some much shorter posts about a song released that year. There will be links to each of these music posts on The 1993 Playlist tab at the top of this blog.

Somewhat randomly, the first such song that came to mind is "Cannonball" by The Breeders:


I was in sixth grade when this track was in heavy rotation on MTV. Three years later I was in a high school drama class with some older girls who were discussing bands they like. I can't remember how I inserted myself into the conversation but I'm almost certain I cited Kim Deal's quote about my favorite rock star at the time, Billy Corgan:

"I want that pill he has--the one that makes him think he's so fucking important."


Granted, Billy was--and is--an egomaniac. That said, The Smashing Pumpkins had several hits by 1996 while The Breeders had just this one. I made this point to the drama club girls Devin and Christine and the skinny dark-haired girl whose name escapes me. We had always been friendly but they swatted me down hard in that moment, accusing Billy Corgan of destroying The Breeders with his misogyny and massive ego.  

I can't find any other details about Corgan's feud with Kim Deal, or how it originated, but she's far from the only rocker with whom Billy has butted heads.


Do you have any favorite singles from 1993? Any musical memories you'd like to share?


Thanks for reading and listening!



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7 comments:

  1. I love the Breeders and think it's kind of a bummer most people only know "Cannonball". But I love the Pumpkins too, even if Billy is lame sometimes. But yeah, I was starting high school in 1993, so it was a big year in music for me.

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  2. Ah--oooo-ooo, ah--oooo-oo!

    Yes, Cannonball is one of the first songs I think of when 1993 is mentioned. Along with anything off of Last Splash or Siamese Dream or Kerosene Hat or Belly's Star. Most important music year of the '90s for me, even though I was already 27.

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  3. I liked that song... and even own the cd. I liked Smashing Pumpkins too. My favorite songs of 1993?

    Looking Through Patient Eyes - PM Dawn
    Keep Ya Head Up - 2Pac
    Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
    U.N.I.T.Y. - Queen Latifah
    That's the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
    Rebirth of Slick - Digable Planets
    You Know How We Do It - Ice Cube
    Real Muthaphuckkin G's - Eazy E

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  4. Even though it didn't produce any real hits for them, I really loved "Pod", it's even still one of my favorite albums from the 90's. As for the Pumpkins, I wasn't much of a fan at the time, and even less so now. I think the only thing I like from them is "Eye", which conveniently never gets any radio play.

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  5. "Cannonball" deserves more love. That rift is among the best ever. Corgan may be an egomaniac but he puts on one hell of a show!

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  6. 1993 was definitely the year of PM Damn for me. That album (The Bliss Album) was fantastic.

    Here's my top ten for the year:

    Don't Think Twice, It's All Right -- Eric Clapton
    Jacksons, Monk And Rowe -- Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
    Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) -- PM Dawn
    Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas) -- They Might Be Giants
    I Can't Imagine -- Paul McCartney
    Get Out Of My Way -- Paul McCartney
    Tomorrow I'll Be Nine -- E
    My Back Pages -- Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and George Harrison
    Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas -- E
    Summer Of Drugs -- Soul Asylum

    "Don't Think Twice" and "My Back Pages" were both from the Bob Dylan tribute concert the previous year; the album came out in 1993. I was at the concert and it was one of the great nights of my life. Obviously Paul McCartney and E were other big albums for me that year (although in each case one of the two songs is a non-LP track--this was an era where LOTS of non-LP b-sides were coming out).

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  7. In 1993 I was in college and the song I think of first is "Hey Jealousy" by the Gin Blossoms.

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