Finally, after two years of playing small venues throughout the world, the Muffs headed back into the studio to record the follow-up, Blonder and Blonder. The group was now a three-piece due to Vammen's departure, who had left the group due to creative differences and would later work with longstanding California punk band the Leaving Trains
. For the Muffs' second album, ex-Redd Kross
drummer and longtime Muffs friend Roy McDonald joining Shattuck and Barnett. Happy Birthday to Me followed in 1997; it was the band's last record for Warner Bros.
, and 1999's Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow was released by the punk-leaning indie outfit Honest Don's Records
. A rarities collection, Hamburger, appeared in early 2000. After a five-year break from recording, the group reconvened in 2004 to release its fifth studio set, Really Really Happy.
In 2011, the Muffs released another collection of odds and sods, Kaboodle, and in July 2013 Shattuck announced that she had been hired to join the Pixies
as bassist following the departure of Kim Deal. Shattuck's run with the Pixies
turned out to be brief, as she was fired from the group in November 2013; undaunted, Shattuck reconvened the Muffs, and in July 2014 the group released an album of new material, Whoop Dee Doo. The Muffs also found new champions at Omnivore Recordings
, who released remastered and expanded editions of their three albums for Warner Bros.
The upgraded version of The Muffs appeared in August 2015, Blonder and Blonder was reissued in May 2016, and Happy Birthday to Me completed the series in March 2017. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi