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From The Desk Of The Muffs: My Favorite Clothing Types

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Shattuck: I am a female, so my look is a big deal to me. I’m rather obsessive about clothes, so if I find something I like, I wear it everyday until it’s rags. And it’s totally hard for me to find clothes I like at the stores because fashion is ridiculously stupid, and the ugliest clothes always end up at the stores.

But here’s a little list of what I want and what I look for.

Peter Pan-collared dresses
I love that look. What else can I say about it. Anyone with eyeballs can see that it’s the best look ever. I am a 50-year-old gal, but I still like dressing like a toddler.

3/4-inch sleeves
I worship the dress Marilyn Monroe wears in The Prince And The Pauper. It’s a white, kinda see-though affair with 3/4-inch sleeves. I’ve been chasing that look for a long time with varying degrees of success.

Shirts with fat horizontal stripes
Check out my Instagram sometime. I wear stripes all the time. All the fucking time, actually. It makes me feel normal.

Clamdigger-style jean cut-offs to the knees with frayed ends
I hate the short shorts that seem to be all the rage this year. Ladies walking around with gigantic dimpled asses hanging below the shorts line. Looks a bit like a loose diaper. Amazing. It’s helping me lose weight since everywhere I look I see people that make me lose my appetite. I wish they would see the light and embrace my favorite shorts, the clamdigger-style jean cut-offs with the frayed ends. I do it to all my pants in the summer. Obviously a reaction to being hot. But one day my sister and I were hanging out and I looked down, and my frayed end clamdiggers just looked ridiculous and we both started cry/laughing. Either it was a moment of clarity or a brief bit of insanity. I am wearing them right now with a three-day-old stripped shirt that I wear to bed and all throughout the day. It’s comfortable. I feel like me.

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: When Rock Went New Wave

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

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Barnett: Like most of the subjects I’ve taken on here, this deserves a long, in-depth article. When punk and “new wave” came along in the late ’70s, everything really did change. And that includes pretty much all of the established rock bands, most of who I’m convinced were not pleased. Some like Yes, Genesis, J. Geils Band, Kinks, Todd Rundgren/Utopia, Tubes, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and King Crimson made the transition well. Others … not so much. Here’s a partial list of established performers who seemed a little lost. Who all of the sudden had short hair, shorter songs, pastel clothing, different art directors doing their album covers and new attitudes.

Foghat
REO Speedwagon
Journey
Styx
Chicago
KISS
Pat Travers
Bob Seger
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Peter Frampton
Kansas
Eddie Money
E.L.O.
Robert Plant
Toto
Starship
Heart
Doobie Brothers
Village People

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: Four Of My Least Favorite Trends In Home Decor

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

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Shattuck:
Superelasticbubbleplastic-looking granite countertops.
So busy looking, so idiotic. The only thing granite is good for is breaking your dishes. Oh, and putting boiling hot pots down without melting anything. But you could just buy a trivet. It’s a lot cheaper.

Recessed lighting every two inches.
Looks like Las Vegas. Feels like stage lighting. Garish and ugly. It’s supposed to be task lighting in operating rooms for surgeons to see what they’re doing. Not good for comfy home lighting.

Greek columns on tiny ranch houses
Giant Greek columns only belong in Washington, D.C. Or in Greece at a little place called the Parthenon. People who put those giant columns on tiny little houses are delusional. Can’t they see how odd it looks and oh so wrong?? Apparently not.

Fake hardwood floors glued down on top of real hardwood floors
OK, so you don’t want to strip and refinish the original oak floors from the 1920s? Lazy? Here’s an idea. Let’s glue plastic pieces of “wood” to the floor. It looks like wood because on the top of each plastic strip is a lifelike photo of wood. Yeah, a photograph. I know. I was literally pulled out of an open house by my arm after I asked the realtor the question “Who does that?”

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: Benny Benjamin

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

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McDonald: Benny Benjamin is the man most responsible for the Motown drum sound. His trademark drum fills have been copied by everyone, including me. Of course, props have to go out to fellow drummers Pistol Allen and Uriel Jones. Between the three of them (and great, great, great Motown bassist James Jamerson), they were the percussive engine behind almost all of the great Motown songs of the ’60s. But it was Benjamin who was the originator. His work on the Temptations’ “Get Ready,” The Miracles’ “Going To A Go-Go,” Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” and countless others will never be equaled. And his influence, conscious or not, on every drummer who followed him cannot be understated.

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: Rob Zabrecky

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

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Barnett: The rock-music/magic connection. While I admit this is not the strongest or most known of categories, it does exist. We all know that David Lovering of the Pixies became a magician during his non-music years. And yours truly, while not a performer, is a magician member of Hollywood’s exclusive home for magicians the Magic Castle. (My audition was the hardest gig I’ve ever done, but that’s another story … ) Then there’s Rob Zabrecky.

Rob led the beloved Los Angeles band Possum Dixon from 1989-1999. In the music world, they did it all: were indie darlings, were buddies with Beck, got signed to Interscope, made expensive videos, were on MTV, backed Jeffrey Lee Pierce, were produced by Ric Ocasek, were on Conan, dated supermodels, etc. But, on tour one day, trying to beat the heat, Rob walked into an air-conditioned magic shop, learned a trick, ended up doing it onstage that night for PD fans, and everything changed. Rob had fallen in love with magic.

The band by then had run its course and broke up. Rob, not missing a beat (so to speak), immediately recognized that magic was a performing art that would would allow him to be original, innovative and fulfilled as a “solo act.” He worked hard on his character and show, learned, messed up, worked even harder and now with his fully- formed, funny, innovative and highly entertaining act, is one of the most respected figures in the world of magic. His show makes you think, feel, laugh and get fooled. It’s earned him numerous awards for the Academy Of Magical Arts, gotten him on magazine covers and takes him around the world performing, lecturing and making people happy. Rob is … a magician.

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: The End Of The Movie “Fargo”

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

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Shattuck: The Coen brothers movie Fargo is brutal. It’s also funny, quirky and silly. But it’s over-the-top sad the whole time. Until the end of the film, when Norm and Margie Gunderson are in bed. It’s the sweetest counterpoint to the whole rest of the movie, and it melts me every time. My favorite scene.

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: Bobby Gregg

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

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McDonald: Bobby Gregg is one of the great unsung drummers in the history of rock. His playing on Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited is sheer perfection. Gregg had a laid-back, behind-the-beat style that worked perfectly on songs such as “Ballad Of A Thin Man” and “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.” Outside of overdubbing the drums on to the acoustic version of Simon And Garfunkel’s “The Sounds Of Silence,” Gregg didn’t play on anything else particularly noteworthy. But his work with Dylan alone makes him one of the giants of rock drumming. It is, after all, his mighty snare hit that begins “Like A Rolling Stone.” The shot heard around the world, indeed.

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: Elton Duck

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

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Barnett: As drummer Andy Robinson said, “A band named Elton Duck had better be good, right?” Formed in Los Angeles in the late ’70′s by ex-Arizona transplants Mike McFadden on vocals/guitar and Mike Condello on guitar/vocals along with drummer Robinson and ex-Runaway/future Bangle Micki (Michael) Steele, “the Duck” hit the then-flourishing local power-pop/new-wave scene hard alongside contemporaries the Knack, the Pop, Motels, 20/20, the Beat, etc. Their rich melodies, heavenly harmonies and sense of humor setting them apart. While never a solid headliner, their hard work earned them a devoted following and a record deal with Arista. Though not before the company president Clive Davis insisted on a name change, so the newly monikered Decoys made an album. Then, the album got shelved and one of the scene’s most promising bands, got eaten up and spit out by the industry and broke up.

The album got released in an extremely limited run a couple of years ago at last to mainly close friends. A true treasure, and had it actually come out when it was supposed to, it would have been right up there alongside the best records of that period. We can all only hope this gem gets a wider release one day and at last receives the recognition and acclaim it deserves. (R.I.P. Mike Condello.)

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: My Favorite Three First-Thing-In-The-Morning On Tour Routines

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

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Shattuck: 1) Wake up slowly. There’s no way I’m going to pop up and spring out of bed. Who does that? They are obviously robots. I peek my eyeballs open just a bit. I roll over to my other side and fart. A long fart that ends in a question mark. Yes, I’m a girl. Sorry to bum you out. I fart.

2) Then I get out my phone and look on the map for the nearest good coffee. Luckily, it’s the only thing I’m addicted to. (Besides potato chips and red lipstick; see below.) I refuse to get room-service coffee. It reminds me of Breakfast At Tiffany’s for some reason. And it’s never as good as Starbucks or Peets. I’ll drink in-room coffee if I’m desperate, but they never have good creamer. Just that suntan-lotion-smelling stuff or even worse, powdered creamer.

3) Then I put the aforementioned lipstick on. Full-on red lipstick. I do not bathe before coffee. No hair is combed. No soap, nothing. I am in love with red lipstick. It makes me feel good. But it’s ridiculously hard to keep it on straight, and it gets on everything. I wear it religiously. Ladies who wear those pearly pinkish beige lipsticks and still look good confuses the shit out of me. I just end up looking dead if I do that.

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From The Desk Of The Muffs: Four Underrated Drummers

After a decade adrift, the Muffs have gotten their melodic pop groove back. Frontwoman Kim Shattuck has reunited with longtime backing members Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Roy McDonald (drums) for Whoop Dee Doo (Cherry Red/Burger). The Los Angeles-based trio will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand-new feature on the band.

McDonald:
Nigel Olsson
Elton John’s primary drummer. Great tom sound, especially on “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.” His fills were very unusual, rumbling and often changing in dynamics mid-fill (listen to “Levon”). Outside of Ringo and Bev Bevan, the first drummer I knew by name.

Mick Avory
This guy is criminally underrated. From his rapid-fire snare fill on “It’s All Right” to his hiccup accents on “This Is Where I Belong,” his drumming consistently compliments and amplifies Ray Davies’ amazing body of work.

Tommy Ramone
The rhythmic architect of punk rock, which is enough to qualify him for this list. Any further criticism will entice me to sit down and listen to the first three Ramones albums and It’s Alive. Unfortunately, this is due in 30 minutes and I have to press on.

Meg White
Know-nothings can snicker all they want. Let them listen to Moving Pictures. I’d rather hear Meg White’s stone groove on “My Doorbell” than all the prog polyrythms of Peart. Jack White recently acknowledged that nothing he’ll do will ever equal what he and Meg achieved with the White Stripes. I couldn’t agree with you more, Jack!

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