|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||japanese punk female vocalists pop punk punk rock alternative rock japan alternative indie pop j-rock shiny happy music playful energetic female cute|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||MySpace Official Homepage Wikipedia|
Originally formed by sisters Atsuko Yamano (22 February c.1960, Osaka, Japan; drums/vocals) and Naoko Yamano (b. 18 December c.1961, Osaka, Japan; guitar/keyboards/vocals) with Michie Nakatani (b. 8 October c.1961, Osaka, Japan; bass), Shonen Knife play buzzsaw, distinctly Ramones -derived, pop. Their unusual moniker means Boy Knife, the brand name of a small Japanese pocket knife. They formed in December 1981, their sporadic recording career starting in Osaka with 1982s Minna Tanoshiku Shonen Knife cassette and the following years Burning Farm EP. The band then relocated to the west coast of America after a compilation cassette released by Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening on his K label had attracted some interest. There they came to the attention of US punk pop fans in general, and Nirvana in particular. The latter took them under their wing with support slots in December 1993, which brought them international recognition. By this time,...