Kim Shattuck (The Muffs) RIPKim Shattuck the guitarist and singer with the great USA band The Muffs has died at the age of 56. The band who were LTW faves (interviewed here) delivered thrilling electric rushes of dirty bad ass raucous pop punk rock with Kim’s screaming raw vocals that also saw her noticed by the Pixies who she had a brief stint for in 2013. 

She had started her musical journey with the Pandoras before the Muffs began in 1991 when she broke away with her long time musical collaborator, Melanie Vammen, releasing their debut album in 1993 and their latest album 2014’s Whoop Dee Doo (review here) after a hiatus after her stint in the Pixies. There is a new album in the works and hopefully we will get to hear it.

Kim had a 2 year battle  with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to her husband Kevin Sutherland, who shared the news on his private Instagram account.

“This morning, the love of my life passed peacefully in her sleep after a two-year struggle with ALS,” he said. “I am the man I am today because of her. She will live with all of us through her music, our shared memories and in her fierce, creative spirit.”

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. The album is out on Oct 18th, and its called No Holiday. Fuck! That’s going to be a difficult listen but also a celebration. Thanks Kim and safe travel.

  2. I remember hearing ‘Lucky Guy’ in Los Anges on the radio then going to AMOEBA records and driving up to San Francisco blasting it in a hired car. I had a little Muffs phase. Recently downloaded a couple of more recent albums had no idea they were still playing. I’ll be checking them out this afternoon.
    Sad loss 53 is no age! Thanks or the music and the memories RIP


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