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Osaka, Japan (1981 – present)

all-female band from Osaka, Japan started in 1981 and since then making punk, garage and pop music. They cite as their main influences 60s garage rock girl groups and punk rock such as Ramones. They have also performed as a Ramones tribute band under the name The Osaka Ramones.

少年ナイフ formed in Osaka, Japan in December 1981 with sisters Naoko Yamano (vocals and guitar) and Atsuko Yamano (drums) and their friend Michie Nakatani (vocals and bass). Michie Nakatani left the band in December 1999, with Atsuko Yamano performing bass. Mana Nishiura joined to take over on drums. Nishiura played her first live show with the band in May 2001; she left in 2004. (She was killed in a New Jersey highway accident November 4, 2005 while touring the U.S. with DMBQ.) Touring drummer Etsuko Nakanishi was inducted as a permanent member as of May 2006, but she left the band in 2010, to be replaced by Emi Morimoto. The band’s touring bass player(for two years) Ritsuko Taneda had been promoted to full member in October 2008.

Many groups have cited 少年ナイフ as a favorite of theirs, and the resulting word-of-mouth gained significant exposure for the band.


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    Why did it take me so long to discover this !!!!!!!! i luv

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    We have lots of Shonen Knife 'Overdrive' T-Shirts, Tote bags, vinyl, CD and FREE Poster deals at the damnably shop here

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • damnably

    After so many of their UK gigs SOLD OUT, Damnably is pleased to announce we'll have a special 'Damnably at 8' SHONEN KNIFE gig as an end of their 'Overdrive' Tour party and in lieu of us narrowly missing their 1000th gig. Sooo, we celebrate SHONEN KNIFE's 985th gig at Cafe Oto in Dalston with London's smallgang who also launch their new album 'san (三)' at this event too and Former Utopia. thanks George SHONEN KNIFE 985 SHONEN KNIFE smallgang Former Utopia At Cafe Oto, June 8th Doors 8pm Over 18's only Advance Tickets £10 @ or via SEE

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    Overdrive is pretty good, I'm fond of Like a Cat

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • darkstormyrain

    I usually do a few very specific multi-tag radios when working but during this rare time I decided to change it up. I love Shonen Knife and I must say they (thanks in part to's awesomeness) have a very kick ass station!

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • guardianrabbit

    Does anyone have a link to hear the song Huge Snail? I've been looking for it and can't find it anywhere!

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • damnably

    All female Japanese cult trio Shonen Knife hit the road again to tour the UK & Ireland this May, to coincide with a forthcoming new album to be released on Damnably Records. 'Overdrive Tour' 2014 Apr 30 : Manchester – Ruby Lounge May 1 : Leeds – Brudenell Social Club May 3 : Leicester – Handmade Festival May 6 : Dublin – Whelans May 7 : Limerick – Dolans May 8 : Cork – Crane Lane Theatre May 9 : Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Festival May 10 : Glasgow – CCA May 11 : Edinburgh – Electric Circus May 12 : Newcastle – Cluny May 14 : Bristol – The Fleece May 15 : Cardiff- Clwb Ifor Bach May 16 : Brighton- Sticky Mikes Frog Bar May 17 : Milton Keynes- The Craufurd Arms May 18 : London – Dingwalls

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
  • damnably

    Shonen Knife are on facebook right here!

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
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    They were awesome in Stowmarket.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • puppyhand

    I met them yesterday, they are so lovely in person and ridiculously awesome live.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
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  • wills316

    Also seeing them in September! Get hype!

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
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    sooooooooo excited that i will finally see them in september!!

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • andyisme911 my fav j-rock, up there with midori

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
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    What a fantastic band.

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