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The Breeders were initially created as a way for Pixies bassist Kim Deal and Throwing Muses guitarist Tanya Donelly to let out some suppressed creative energy and to take a break from being the second players in each of their main bands. Deal and Donelly both played guitar, leaving bass for Josephine Wiggs of Perfect Disaster. Taking their name from the group Deal led with her twin sister, Kelley, in their teens, the Breeders combined the sound of Throwing Muses with the shifting dynamics and warped pop sensibilities of the Pixies. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Pod, was released in 1990. Two years later, the group recorded Safari, a four-song EP that found the band getting stronger and more melodic. Soon after its recording, Donelly left the Breeders to form her own group, Belly. Kim Deal brought in her sister Kelley as her replacement. By this time, their permanent drummer was Jim MacPherson, who was billed as "Mike Hunt" on Safari. 1992 also saw the group play its first high-profile gigs, opening for Nirvana on their European tour. Last Splash was released late in the summer of 1993, with a hazier, more incoherent prolongation of the hard pop of Safari.
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Within a year, the album had gone platinum and the band had a prime spot on 1994's Lollapalooza tour. That year, the group also released the limited-edition 7" Head to Toe and Divine Hammer singles that year, both of which confirmed the Breeders as a unusual, artistically headstrong group that was on the other hand in tune with the commercial pop tastes of the early '90s. Just as quickly as success hit the band, the Breeders went on a sudden hiatus, partly due to exhaustion from the swift nature of their fame and from their widespread touring. Late in 1994, Kelley was arrested for drug possession and was sent to a rehab clinic in Minnesota. The rest of the band went their separate ways while she recovered. Though the Breeders' break was supposed to be temporary, it ended up lasting far longer than the band or its fans could have expected.