RIP Kim Shattuck of The Muffs

Kim Shattuck, front woman for The Muffs and The Coolies, who also had a brief stint with the Pixies,  has passed away at the age of 56

“I’m sorry to confirm she has passed away,” Joel Miller told USA TODAY in a statement. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, according to the ALS Association.

Back i n the early ’90s, The Muffs were known for songs such as “Sad Tomorrow” and “Lonely Boy” and landed on the alternative charts with a cover of Kim Wilde’s 1981 calssic “Kids in America”  which is best known for it’s appearance on the soundtrack for the movie “Clueless.”

“She was always so cool and tough,” Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day wrote on Instagram. Green Day regarded the Muffs so highly early in their career that it employed the same manager, label and producer. Billie Joe called Ms. Shattuck “one of my favorite songwriters” and said that when Green Day was recording its breakthrough 1994 album, “Dookie,” “we listened to the first Muffs record constantly.”

The Muffs will release a brand new album on October 18th