RIP: Kim Shattuck of The Muffs (1963-2019)

A fixture on the LA rock scene who played with the Pixies in 2013 has died at age fifty-six.

It’s a sad day in the world of Los Angeles rock and roll with news that creative force Kim Shattuck has died at the age of fifty-six. According to her husband, Shattuck’s passing came after battling ALS for the past two years.

“I am the man I am because of her,” Kevin Sutherland shared on Instagram. “She will live with all of us through her music, our shared memories and in her fierce creative spirit. I love you always my Kimmy. Thank you for sharing your life with me.” See the Instagram post below courtesy of Melanie Vammen, who was in The Muffs with Shattuck and also formed new group The Coolies along with Shattuck and Palmyra Delran earlier this year .

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My heart is forever broken

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A member of ’80s all-female rock band The Pandoras, Shattuck formed The Muffs in 1991. With releases on Sympathy for the Record Industry, Sub Pop, and eventually Warner Bros, The Muffs achieved pop culture notoriety with a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” for the Clueless soundtrack in 1995.

In 2013, Shattuck generated headlines when she was quickly replaced as the new bass player for the Pixies following Kim Deal’s departure. She toured with the group in Europe that year, only to be let go at the end of the tour.

“I would have preferred if they told me face to face,” Shattuck said of the firing, which happened over the phone and came from a band manger, “but they’re nice people.”

Shattuck and The Muffs had completed a new album, No Holiday, which is slated for release October 18 on Omnivore Recordings.


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