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Kim Deal is a musician who played bass and sang for the Pixies before forming the Breeders and later the Amps.
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But struggles soon followed. Kelley, who was battling drug issues, checked herself into rehab for heroine addiction, and the band eventually took a hiatus. To kill time, Deal and her McPherson formed a new group, The Amps, which released an album of its own, Pacer, in 1995.
Title TK two years later. In 2008, the group received a splash of publicity for its fourth album, Mountain Battles.
In addition, Deal's time as a member of The Pixies never really died, either. The group's resurgence began in earnest in 1999 when the song "Where is My Mind" made it onto the soundtrack for the movie Fight Club. In 2004, the group's members settled their differences and hit the road for a well-received reunion tour. Today, the group continues to play together and kicked off a tour in 2009 that celebrated the 20th anniversary of their landmark album, Doolittle.
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