Wormz Obituaries

Kim Shattuck

Bands: The Muffs, The Pandoras, The Pixies.

<<go to audio control>>

Kim Shattuck died aged fifty-six at her home in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. on 2nd October, 2019, from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,photo of Kim Shattuck (ALS).

Kim, born: Kimberly Dianne Shattuck on seventeenth July, 1963,in Burbank, California, U.S.A. was an American singer, musician, and songwriter. She was the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the American punk rock band the Muffs. From 1985 to 1990, she was a member of The Pandoras. In 2001, she was a singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Beards, a super-pop side project composed of herself plus Lisa Marr and Sherri Solinger. .
Lisa joined the Pixies for their 2013 European tour, following the departure of original member Kim Deal but at the end of the tour in November 2013, she was let go by the band.
Lisa Shattuck participated in a reunion of The Pandoras on 4th July, 2015, at the Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, California, U.S.A.. Although she played bass and sang backing vocals in The Pandoras, she was the lead singer and guitarist for the reunion due to the 1991 death of original Pandoras lead singer and guitarist Paula Pierce.
Lisa grew up in Orange County, California and discovered the principles of singing harmony by singing along to her parent's McGuire Sisters albums but later gravitated towards the rock music of bands including the Who, Blondie and the Sex Pistols. Lisa did not learn to play guitar until she attended Orange Coast College. where she majored in photography and then began writing her own songs.

During the 1980's Lisa played bass guitar for the Pandoras, an all-female garage band. When she had written sufficient songs to launch her own band, she quit the Pandoras, along with keyboard player, Melanie Vammen, and together they started the Muffs who began performing and recording after the addition of bassist Ronnie Barnett and drummer Criss Crass.
The Muffs released their initial 7" EPs and singles – "New Love" and "Guilty" in 1991 and "I Need You" in 1992 – on the West Coast independent labels Sub Pop and Sympathy for the Record Industry. Based on the public and critical response to these early releases, the Muffs were signed to Warner Bros. Records where they established a reputation for "straightforward pop punk". In the words of musician and critic Scott Miller, the Muffs had "an uncommon flair for simple, catchy melodies" which, he noted approvingly, were always delivered in "Kim Shattuck's almost comically sneering adolescent rasp".
The Muffs released their self-titled debut album in 1993. Crass left soon after its release, and drummer Jim Laspesa filled in during the subsequent tour, with Roy McDonald (formerly of Redd Kross) taking over the position permanently in 1994. By the time the tour was over, Melanie Vammen had decided to leave the group as well, eventually joining The Leaving Trains.
As a trio of Shattuck, Barnett, and MacDonald, The Muffs recorded their second album, Blonder and Blonder. It was released on Warner's subsidiary Reprise Records in 1995. The album included the college radio hit single, "Sad Tomorrow".
The Muffs contributed a cover of the 1981 Kim Wilde hit "Kids In America" to the soundtrack for the 1995 film Clueless. Their version of the song is also used in the music video game Rock Band 2, and was later reissued on The Muffs' 2000 compilation album, Hamburger.
The Muffs made their third album, Happy Birthday to Me, in 1997, and it proved to be their final release through Warner Bros. Moving to independent label Honest Don's Records, they released Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow in 1999. This album includes "I Wish That I Could Be You", featured on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Freshman". Also in 1999, the band contributed the song "Pimmel" to the compilation album Short Music for Short People on Fat Wreck Chords.
Towards the end of 1999, the group went on hiatus, and did not create any new material for five years. Their fifth album, 'Really Really Happy', was released in 2004. It presents a distinct departure from the Muffs' signature style, with many of the songs sounding softer than previous work, "mellower" and "definitely happier".
In 2012, the Muffs appeared at the "Girls Got Rhythm" fest in St. Paul,imagfe of Kim Shattuck Minnesota,U.S.A. along with Ronnie Spector, The's, Nikki Corvette and L'Assassins. Lisa Shattuck credited former member Laspesa as being instrumental in bringing about the reunion of Barnett, McDonald, and herself.
The Muffs' first album in a decade, Whoop Dee Doo, was released by Burger Records in July 2014. Lisa Shattuck wrote all twelve songs, and handled production and engineering of almost the entire album.
As conveyed by its self-deprecating title, 'Whoop Dee Doo' was a return to form for the Muffs. Its sound is "rough with punk edges", and it keeps a "heavy emphasis on humor and brevity". A positive review of the album on Pitchfork notes: "They haven't slowed down or softened their attack, or lost their way with tune-construction. Even Lisa Shattuck's voice remains barely touched by time... There is scarcely a more consistent band in all of American pop-punk".
In August of 2019, The Muffs announced a new album to be released in October 2019, titled 'No Holiday'. It comprises of tracks spanning the beginnings of the band in 1991, to 2017 and will have eighteen tracks.

Music: 'Kids In America' by The Muffs.