The Breeders' founder discusses her time at OSU.
Before she was alt-rock royalty, Kim Deal—the singer/guitarist for The Breeders and the bassist for the Pixies—was an Ohio State University student with an odd off-campus job. She spoke about her two semesters at OSU during a Nov. 13 interview with Marc Maron on his podcast, WTF, in which she also revealed The Breeders expect to release a new album this year, their first in a decade. Here are a couple Columbus-related revelations from the interview.
Dazed and Confused: Deal came to Ohio State from her hometown of Huber Heights, a suburb of Dayton, in the fall of 1979, taking up residence in Lincoln Tower. Though she enjoyed school and learning, she described herself as a “spectacularly unsuccessful” OSU student. “Completely emotionally immature,” she said. “Couldn't find my classes. Didn't know there would be a map for them.” She dropped out during the winter of 1980. “I took a French class my second semester,” she said. “I didn't speak French. I don't think you're supposed to take a French class in college if you don't speak French.”
The Agora Ballroom: While at Ohio State, she got a job cleaning toilets at the Agora Ballroom, now known as the Newport Music Hall, on High Street across from campus. When she wasn't scouring some of the most disgusting bathrooms in the city, she occasionally interacted with performers, such as the Jones Sisters Trio, a 1970s gospel group from Cleveland. “Three beautiful ladies, gorgeous nails, and I'm cleaning the toilets, and I said, ‘Wow, how do you do anything with those nails?' And [one of the sisters] said, ‘I don't really do anything but sing.'”