Aside from some wierd metal and avante garde acts, Shonen Knife is probably the friendly face of rock from Japan that most people in America know.
Shonen Knife was a trio of cute, but smart pop punkers from Osaka, Japan who caught the eye of such indie-rock fathers as Sonic Youth, Redd Kross, and Nirvana. Tragically, in November of 2005, the Shonen Knife trio was suddenly made a duo, as a fatal car crash claimed the third member Mana Nishimura here in America. The original two members, Naoko Yamano and Atsuko Yamano still write and perform their particular brand of good-time rock.
But enough with all that piffle – let’s take a moment and watch the girls do their giggle-pop at its Day-Glo best. This is Shonen Knife doing the opening track, Ride the Rocket from their American breakthrough album, Let’s Knife!