Kim Deal and the missing link between Psycho and Scoop.

The Breeders have a new album coming out in April, and I’m this close to getting my hands on it. Impatient, I went on YouTube to look at old videos from the Deal Sisters’ pre-O’Douls days. The mash-up above is fun, but this video for Safari is just bizarre. Kim isn’t even pretending to lay guitar, but more than that, I’m not exactly sure what year this was made (the Safari EP came out in 1992, so that’s as good a guess as any), but try as I might, I just can’t get a handle on the degree of camp here.

Obviously, the 60s TV set and camera work are an affectation. But, like, are Tonya Donnelly’s earings and scrunchie a joke, or was she being fashionable? And Kim’s hair, and Kelley’s shoulder-padded business suit? I have no problem recognizing what 1992 sounded like, but I can’t at all place what it looked like, and that sort of frightens me.