A prominent figure in the US alt-rock scene of the late ’80s and ’90s, Kim Shattuck, has died at age 56.

Shattuck had been stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

She first became known as the bass player for the all-female group the Pandoras in the 1980s. ”

She then founded and led the pop-punk Muffs, who achieved peak notoriety in 1995 between their sophomore album “Blonder and Blonder” and a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” included on the “Clueless” soundtrack.

In 2013, Shattuck briefly joined the Pixies on tour as a replacement for the exiting Kim Deal, but was booted from the band without explanation.

Melanie Vammen, a bandmate in the Muffs and a more recently formed group, the Coolies, confirmed the news on social media, saying “My heart is forever broken.”

View this post on Instagram

My heart is forever broken

A post shared by Melanie Vammen (@melanievammen) on


Tributes have begun to come in from famous fans as well as friends.

Greg Behrend, the author of “He’s Just Not That Into You” wrote “RIP Kim Shattuck of the Muffs. Look up and listen to ‘Lucky Guy’ or ‘Sad Tomorrow’ and revel in their pop punk genius. The Muffs are a much overlooked and undernourished band that rival the best of Hole and Green Day. You were a total punk Kim and you will be missed.”


Want more? Listen to this best bit from Jonesy & Amanda!