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少年ナイフ

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Osaka, Japan (1981 – present)

The all-female musical band Shonen Knife is a Japanese pop punk/garage rock band, who sing songs both in Japanese and English. Among their fans are Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Redd Kross, and Sultans of Ping. They cite as their main influences 1960s girl groups and punk rock such as The 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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  • 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 @ http://www.wegottickets.com/event/277246 or via SEE http://www.seetickets.com/artist/shonen-knife/664599

    31 May 3:32pm Reply
  • lalalayla

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    1 May 11:05pm Reply
  • gonzeaux

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

    23 Apr 11:02am 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 last.fm's awesomeness) have a very kick ass station!

    3 Mar 3:45pm 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 8:57pm 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 2:37pm Reply
  • damnably

    Shonen Knife are on facebook right here! https://www.facebook.com/ShonenKnifeOfficial

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    Awesome!

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • wills316

    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
  • d0l

    hotties

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • wills316

    Also seeing them in September! Get hype!

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • decora-Mnon

    sooooooooo excited that i will finally see them in september!!

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • andyisme911

    http://gupsters.tumblr.com/post/49142726916 my fav j-rock, up there with midori

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Kristman

    YOU!

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Dogasm

    I think they're one of the best bands ever. I think they're right up there with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. It only takes hearing three bars and I'm transformed into a screaming kid fan.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • HimitsuUK

    What a fantastic band.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TheMongKey

    How about we vote up a photo that was taken some time in the last 30 years?

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • damnably

    Shonen Knife officail page on Face book is @ https://www.facebook.com/ShonenKnifeOfficial

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    Better than Ramones

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
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