The energetic and indomitable Kim Shattuck is the lead singer and lead guitarist of The Muffs. Growing up in Orange County, Shattuck has consistently lived in Southern California throughout her life. Shattuck started playing guitar at 18, inspired by Brian Setzer’s jazz and rock and roll playing for The Stray Cats. The music of The Beatles, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, The Kinks, and Joan Jett have also influenced her music.
Kim studied visual arts in college and started out working as a newspaper photographer, but shifted her focus to music via the LA punk scene. Kim made her musical debut in The Pandoras during the 1980s, an all-girl band where she learned the ropes of being in a rock band. Starting out as the band’s bass player, she spent her alone time sharpening her guitar skills and learning to write songs that she would later bring to The Muffs. The increasing influence of hair metal in the late 80s and early 90s was the cue Kim was waiting for to start her own band.
Joining forces with then boyfriend Ronnie Barnett and former band mate Melanie Vammen, Kim Shattuck started The Muffs in 1991. Over twenty years, the members of the band have changed, but ultimately became a three-piece outfit consisting of Kim on guitar and lead vocals, Ronnie on bass, and Roy McDonald on drums. Kim has created a cute and goofy yet bold and brash punk-pop sound for the band that has endured over the course of six studio albums and two compilation albums. In 1995, The Muffs’ cover of Kim Wilde’s Kids In America was used on the sound track for the popular movie Clueless.
During her time in The Muffs, Kim has also played in a side project, The Beards, and had a ten-month stint as bassist for The Pixies in 2013. The band released their latest album, Whoop Dee Doo, in 2014, which was their first album in ten years.
- Stop Pretending (1986 – Rhino Records)
- Rock Hard (1988 – mini-album – Restless Records)
- Live Nymphomania (1989 – Restless Records)
Singles and EPs
- In And Out of My Life (In a Day)/The Hump (1986 – Single – Rhino Records)
- The Muffs (1993) (reissued with bonus tracks by Burger Records in 2015)
- Blonder and Blonder (1995)
- Happy Birthday to Me (1997)
- Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow (1999)
- Really Really Happy (2004)
- Whoop Dee Doo (2014) (#32 Billboard Heatseeker Albums)
- Hamburger (2000)
- Kaboodle (2011)
- “New Love” (1991)
- “Guilty” (1991)
- “I Need You” (1992)
- “Big Mouth” (1993)
- “Lucky Guy” (1993)
- “Everywhere I Go” (1993)
- “Sad Tomorrow” (1995)
- “I’m A Dick” (1996)
- “Outer Space” (1998)
- “Happening” (1999)
- “No Action”