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OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPunk rock, pop punk
Years active1996–present
MembersJimmy Ratchitt, Stephanie Smith, Nils Wandrey, Francis Ruiz
Past membersJohhny Lucas
Price Vernon
Athena Lee

Kottak, formerly known as KrunK, is a punk rock/pop punk group formed in Los Angeles in 1996 by James Kottak a.k.a. Jimmy Ratchitt, ex-drummer for the hard rock band Scorpions and his ex-wife Athena Lee. Current members are:

The band describe themselves as "Cheap Trick meets Green Day, on a bad day" and their album Therupy certainly continues to build the band's infamy.

In early November 1997, KrunK walked away with two awards in the 2nd Annual Rock City News Awards for bands in Los Angeles. The band was named BEST PUNK BAND, and Athena won BEST FEMALE DRUMMER.[1] In the 7th Annual L.A. Music Awards, Athena was nominated for BEST DRUMMER (Males & Females). She was the first female ever nominated in the history of the L.A. Music Awards.

In 2006, the band changed its name from KrunK to Kottak, citing the need for a more original name now that "krunk" has become a general term.[2]



  1. ^ "Rock City Awards winners". Rockcitynews.com. 1997-11-06. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  2. ^ [1] Archived December 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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