Now a three-piece, The Muffs again teamed up with producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Paramore, Fleetwood Mac) and delivered 14 even better Kim Shattuck-penned powerhouses, including the hit single “Sad Tomorrow.” Bassist Ronnie Barnett and new drummer Roy McDonald propelled Shattuck’s material to even greater heights, And Blonder became the band’s biggest selling album.
Omnivore Recordings is proud to present this ’90s milestone on CD with seven bonus tracks (two U.K. B-sides and five previously unissued Shattuck demos), and on LP for the first time in more than two decades (first pressing on baby-blue vinyl, with black to follow).
Like 2015’s reissue of The Muffs, the full-color packaging includes photos, drawings and memorabilia, plus essays from Barnett and McDonald, as well as track-by-track commentary from Shattuck.
Shattuck says, “Blonder And Blonder was a hoot to make and a blast to listen to. It’s got a crazy energy and I scream my fool head off. I hope you turn up the volume so loud you annoy your neighbors.”
Adds Barnett: “Blonder And Blonder will always be seen as [The Muffs’] watershed moment, the kind of thing that happens once in a band’s lifetime if they’re lucky. It was the place where our band’s lineup, sound and songwriting all hit its stride. It still makes up the bulk of our live show, and always will. It’s our most celebrated, best-selling work and will always define us. I don’t mind—I love it too!”
And per Barnett’s liner notes: “To answer the obvious question: May 1994 in Seattle, after one of our last appearances as a four-piece, a newly widowed Courtney Love out at a live show for the first time following that horrible incident, scoffing at Kim’s newly bleached hair, walked by and muttered, ‘Blonder and blonder.’”
Twenty-one years later, Blonder And Blonder still sounds as vital and visceral as it did upon its original release. Face it, you’re dye-ing to have this record in your collection.