Lest you think that female-fronted bands merging glistening Southern California pop and intensely personal lyrics with an aching vocal snarl started with Hole, think again. The Muffs' Kim Shattuck has been combining her tortured prose with sunny sounding punk-pop long before Courtney Love showed off her celebrity skin. When Love was still having her nose (the original one, that is) wiped for her, Shattuck was already a member of L.A.'s quasi-legendary Pandoras. Shattuck and guitarist Melanie Vammen left the group in the early '90s, enlisting bassist Ronnie Barnett and drummer Criss Crass... More >>>
Alert and Alive: The Muffs, from left, Roy McDonald, Kim Shattuck and Ronnie Barnett.