The Pandoras

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Led by vocalist/guitarist Paula Pierce (1960, USA, d. 10 August 1991, USA, ex-Action Now), the Pandoras began their career reviving garage band and girl group genres. Based in Los Angeles, California, USA, Pierce was originally joined by Deborah Mendoza (bass), Gwynne Kahn (keyboards), and Casey Gomez (drums). Bambi Conway replaced Mendoza following the original demo sessions, and the band made its debut in 1984 with an EP, The Pandoras. Greg Shaw of Bomp! Records produced their self-titled debut album, which mixed a naïve charm with simple, fuzz-drenched pop songs. Pierce then fired the other band members and was joined by Melanie Vammen (keyboards), Karen Blankfeld (drums) and Kim Shattuck (bass) on 1986’s Stop Pretending, which maintained a love for 60s music while playing up their sexual image. However, a subsequent major contract with Elektra Records fell through, and a completed album, Come Inside, was shelved. Blankfeld was replaced by Kelly...

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