The Pandoras

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The Pandoras were an all-female rock band from Los Angeles, California from 1983 to 1991. They began as part of the 1960s revival garage rock scene, and later adopted a hard rock sound. Former members Melanie Vammen and Kim Shattuck formed The Muffs. The band leader and singer/songwriter, Paula Pierce, died on August 10, 1991, of an aneurysm at the age of 31.

Following the recording of their first LP in 1984, Pierce fell out with the other members of the band, who broke away and formed their own band. Led by keyboardist Gwynne Kahn, the new group also called themselves The Pandoras (5), although they were often referred to as "Gwynne's Pandoras" or "The Gwynnedoras". That group released a song called "Worm Boy" on a compilation but dissolved after their record label demanded they change their name, which legally belonged to Pierce. Pierce continued on with the Pandoras' name and various members until her death.

In 2013, one-time drummer Sheri Kaplan Weinstein recruited former members Melanie Vammen, Karen Basset, and Susan Hyatt for a reunion at a private party. Following that performance, Hyatt joined up with the members of Gwynne's Pandoras to form the 21st Century Pandoras, who released two digital singles of new music in 2014. Vammen, Kaplan Weinstein, Basset, and former bassist Kim Shattuck (now filling Pierce's spot as singer/guitarist while Basset, one of the band's former drummers, took over Shattuck's role as bassist) united to continue performing Paula Pierce's songs as The Pandoras. Kaplan Weinstein left the band in 2015 and was replaced by drummer Hillary Burton. The band released a new EP (consisting primarily of Pierce compositions) in 2018. Shattuck passed away on October 2, 2019 from complications related to ALS.
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Albums

VXS 200.021 The Pandoras - It's About Time album art The Pandoras It's About Time (Album) Voxx Records VXS 200.021 US 1984 Sell This Version
RNLP 70857 The Pandoras - Stop Pretending album art Pandoras* Stop Pretending (Album) Rhino Records (2) RNLP 70857 US 1986 Sell This Version
3D-490 The Pandoras - Rock Hard album art The Pandoras Rock Hard (Album, MiniAlbum) Restless Records 3D-490 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
772318-2 The Pandoras - Live Nymphomania album art The Pandoras Live Nymphomania (Album) Restless Records 772318-2 US 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MM 1044 The Pandoras - I'm Here I'm Gone album art The Pandoras I'm Here I'm Gone (EP) Moxie Records MM 1044 US 1984 Sell This Version
45-1007 The Pandoras - Hot Generation album art The Pandoras Hot Generation (Single) Voxx Records 45-1007 US 1984 Sell This Version
RNOR-74402 The Pandoras - In And Out Of My Life (In A Day) album art The Pandoras In And Out Of My Life (In A Day) (Single) Rhino Records (2) RNOR-74402 US 1985 Sell This Version
ID-0745101 The Pandoras - I Didn't Cry / Thunder Alley album art The Pandoras I Didn't Cry / Thunder Alley (Single) Dionysus Records ID-0745101 US 1999 Sell This Version
BRGR1185 The Pandoras - Hey! It's The Pandoras album art The Pandoras Hey! It's The Pandoras (EP) Burger Records BRGR1185 US 2018 Sell This Version

Compilations

REST 73795 The Pandoras - Rock Hard / Nymphomania Live album art The Pandoras Rock Hard / Nymphomania Live(CD, Album, Comp) Restless Records, Rykodisc REST 73795 US 2005 Sell This Version