Kim Deal: “You Know, Malkmus Is Being A Bit Of A Bitch…”

’90s alt-rock fight! As prematurely mentioned, we dig the new Breeders album, Mountain Battles. We also like aspects of Real Emotional Trash, though we still say it runs on (and on). Which is sorta what Kim Deal’s saying about the mouth of our favorite late-night Fox News Channel guest in the new issue of Time Out. It starts with this question from the interviewer:

TONY: Did the success of that song [“Cannonball’] cause any jealousy among your indie-rock peers?



KIM DEAL: You know, [Pavement’s Stephen] Malkmus is being a bit of a bitch in interviews recently. One thing he said last summer referred to me as “trashy mouth.” And he just did this article in Spin where he alluded to me unpleasantly, saying [something like], “You know, I always thought that Pavement could have had one of those big hits in the early ’90s with ‘Cut Your Hair,’ but I guess people preferred ‘Cannonball.’?”

TONY: Are you a fan of his music?

KIM DEAL: Yeah, I liked Pavement. But if he keeps fucking smacking his mouth off about me, I’m going to end up not being able to listen to any of their fucking records again. Anyway, I thought, God, man, “Cut Your Hair” isn’t as good of a song as “Cannonball,” so fuck you. How’s that? Your song was just a’ight, dawg.

She’s right, “Cannonball”‘s better than “Cut Your Hair.” But “Cannonball”‘s not better than “Summer Babe” or half a dozen prime Pavement tracks. Still, good to know Kim has her slang down. The SPIN article she’s talking about can be read here. This is the quote that bugged her:

SPIN: Back in 1994, you had a brush with fame with “Cut Your Hair,” a song that seemed to be about careerism.

Stephen Malkmus: Yeah, and it’s too bad it wasn’t quite the song that could’ve really pushed the band. For all the mistakes that were made marketing Pavement, it comes down to the song; and the song was pretty good, but it just wasn’t the song of the time. The Offspring song [“Come Out and Play”], “Cannonball” by the Breeders — those were bigger songs people could get behind.

Wonder where he called her “trashy mouth”? Sounds like something a grandma would say. The Time Out interview has plenty of other fun stuff including this quip: “At the Buffalo show recently, after we sang ‘Bang On,’ one guy yelled out, ‘I’d do you, Kim!’ That was cute. I’d do you….” Dude, to complete the pun, you should have yelled, “I’d bang you, Kim!” See?