The Muffs

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The Muffs
The Muffs.jpg
Ronnie Barnett, Kim Shattuck, and Roy McDonald
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres Punk rock, pop punk
Years active 1991–present
Labels Warner Bros., Sympathy for the Record Industry, Sub Pop, Reprise, Oglio, Five Foot Two, Honest Don's
Associated acts The Pandoras, Redd Kross, The Leaving Trains, The Beards, The Pixies
Members Kim Shattuck
Ronnie Barnett
Roy McDonald
Past members Criss Crass
Melanie Vammen
Jim Laspesa

The Muffs are a rock band based in Southern California, formed in 1991, and led by Kim Shattuck.

History[edit]

The Muffs' leader is singer-songwriter Kim Shattuck. The original lineup also included guitarist Melanie Vammen (like Shattuck, a former member of 1980s all-female garage rock outfit The Pandoras), bassist Ronnie Barnett and drummer Criss Crass.

After releasing their initial 7" EPs and singles independently and on local labels, the Muffs signed to Warner Bros. Records in the early '90s and released their self-titled debut album in 1993. The Muffs were eventually moved from the Warner Bros label and moved to the Reprise roster.

Vammen and Crass left after the band's self-titled debut album. Crass was replaced by Jim Laspesa after their 1993 tour with the Goo Goo Dolls, and Laspesa by Roy McDonald in 1994. The Muffs' line-up has remained unchanged since then.

The Muffs' second album, Blonder and Blonder, was released on Reprise Records in 1995.

Their cover of "Kids In America", originally by Kim Wilde, was used in the soundtrack for the 1995 film Clueless.[1] It was later reissued on the Muffs' 2000 album Hamburger. The song is also used in Rock Band 2.

The band contributed "Pimmel" to the Fat Wreck Chords compilation Short Music for Short People in 1999. "I Wish That I Could Be You", from the band's Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow, was featured on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode The Freshman.

British indie band Silver Sun covered the Muffs' song "I'm A Dick" on their Too Much, Too Little, Too Late covers EP, while American punk rock band The Huntingtons covered the Muffs song "Big Mouth" on their Rock 'N' Roll Habits For The New Wave LP. "Big Mouth" was also covered by American punk rock band Off With Their Heads on the Art of the Underground Singles Series Volume 9.[2]

In July 2014, The Muffs' first album in a decade, Whoop Dee Doo, was released by Burger Records and Cherry Red Records.[3] Shattuck credited former member Jim Laspesa as being instrumental in bringing about the reunion of Shattuck, Barnett, and McDonald.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums:

Compilation albums:

Singles[edit]

  • 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

Music videos[edit]

Year Name
1993 "Lucky Guy"
"New Love"
1995 "Sad Tomorrow"
"Oh Nina"
2000 "Rock & Roll Girl"
2004 "Really Really Happy"
"Don't Pick On Me"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Ethan (August 18, 1995). "Music Review: Clueless". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ Art of The Underground Series Particulars; www.artoftheunderground.com.
  3. ^ a b Lanham, Tom (August 11, 2014). "The Muffs: Big Whoop". Magnet. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. 

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