Obits — October 2, 2019 at 11:27 pm

Kim Shattuck, of The Muffs, The Pandoras and — briefly — the Pixies, dies at age 56

Kim Shattuck, the frontwoman and guitarist for Southern California punk trio The Muffs who also played with ’80s rockers The Pandoras and took a brief turn as the Pixies’ post-Kim Deal bassist, died on Wednesday from complications of ALS, her family and bandmates announced.

She was 56.

In a statement on Facebook, her Muffs bandmates Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald wrote, “Besides being a brilliant songwriter, rocking guitarist and singer/screamer extrodinaire, Kim was a true force of nature. While battling ALS Kim produced our last album, overseeing every part of the record from tracking to artwork. She was our best friend and playing her songs was an honor.”

Shattuck played bass in The Pandoras, an all-women band that emerged from the Hollywood garage-rock scene before taking a turn toward harder rock, from 1985 to 1990. Following that, she formed The Muffs, who scored some airplay with 1995 college-radio hit “Sad Tomorrow” and a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” from the soundtrack to “Clueless.”

While still in The Muffs, Shattuck was enlisted by the Pixies to handle bass duties in 2013 following the departure of Deal, but, following a European tour with the band, she was fired.  “Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today,” she wrote on social media at the time.

The Muffs are scheduled to release what presumably will be their final album, No Holiday, on Oct. 18.












  1. A scream like no other! RIP, Kim.

  2. its sad really, may her soul RIP

  3. I will miss her. She was a pioneer. And Hot. And a bad ass. RIP Kim Shattuck. Best shriek in music.

  4. I used to want to be Kim… I idolized her.

  5. J Leigh Stone

    She was my friend. She was my teacher. She was our dogs’ Auntie Kim. She showed me that NOTHING is impossible if you want it. And that the thought that I couldnt be a rock n roll star because I wasn’t “perferct was “ridiculous”….She reminded me that age was just a number. She, along with her female friends gave me hope…That was Kim Shattuck…another words for: fun for life; for hope. I don’t know if I’ll stop crying this year. I am writing a song about that scream though….Stayed tuned!!!

  6. Scott R Stalcup

    That first album soundtracked Freshman year for me. Mad respect that “Everywhere I Go” was used in the Fruitopia commercial.

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