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Through the early-’90s alternative wave, veteran Japanese indie rock and roll trio Shonen Knife produced major fans from alt-rock’s elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, amongst others) and constructed a good worldwide cult pursuing making use of their Ramones fulfills the Beatles make of sticky-sweet punk-pop. Created by Michie Nakatani (vocals, bass), Naoko Yamano (vocals, acoustic guitar), and Atsuko Yamano (drums), Shonen Blade started in Dec 1981 within their hometown of Osaka, Japan, where all three users were operating as workplace clerks. The music group played its first proper display in March of the next year. Immediately after, they started issuing albums in Japan, including 1982’s cassette-only launch Minna Tanoshiku (British translation: Everybody Content?), 1983’s Burning up Plantation, 1984’s Yama Simply no Attchan, and 1986’s Pretty Small Baka Man (the latter which was reissued with extra monitors four years afterwards, under the name Pretty Small Baka Man/Live in Japan). Although their information were just obtainable in the U.S. via transfer, Shonen Blade struck a chord using the underground using a monitor that appeared over the Sub Pop 100 compilation in 1986. In 1989, a assortment of choice bands even documented renditions of a common Shonen Blade music for the tribute record Every Band Includes a Shonen Blade Who Loves Them. The very first Shonen Blade discharge to be released beyond Japan was a 1990 self-titled compilation that presented the entire Burning up Plantation and Yama No Attchan albums, in addition to three songs that were just previously on the obscure Japanese comp Aura Music. Soon thereafter, the group started touring America on the relatively regular basis, assisting its 1991 launch 712 with some schedules starting for Nirvana before the runaway achievement of Cobain and company’s now-classic Nevermind record. Today the hip music group to name-drop, Shonen Blade agreed upon their first main U.S. documenting agreement with Capitol, leading to the release of 1 of the finest (and best-known) albums, 1992’s Let’s Blade. A year afterwards, the group turned towards the Virgin label, issuing Rock and roll Pets, which would spawn a semi-popular MTV video with “Tomato Mind” (also landing an area over the network’s well-known cartoon series Beavis & Butthead). In 1994 the trio performed within the vacationing choice rock and roll celebration Lollapalooza and added a cover of “The surface of the Globe” towards the Carpenters tribute record If I Had been a Carpenter, while Virgin released an 18-monitor collection of uncommon monitors, Wild birds & the B-Sides, in 1996. Although these were able to significantly broaden their U.S. group of fans, Shonen Blade never acquired the breakthrough achievement which was anticipated by many, leading to the group time for the independents and issuing such additional produces as 1997’s COMPLETELY NEW Blade, 1998’s Content Hour, as well as the 2000 Japan-only launch Strawberry Sound (which presented the band’s revamped lineup of Atsuko Yamano on bass and Mana Nishiura, who joined up with Shonen Blade after Nakatani remaining in 1999, on drums). Vocalist Naoko Yamano was the only real original member through the middle- to past due 2000s, but actually after 20-plus years and problems maintaining a regular lineup, the music group showed no indications of slowing. In 2005, Oglio reissued the band’s 1st four albums, as well as the music group released Genki Surprise in Japan; past due that yr, Nishiura was wiped out in a fresh Jersey traffic incident while touring with DMBQ. Both Shonen Blade and DMBQ performed in a tribute concert for Nishiura that happened in Kyoto in springtime 2006, shortly prior to the U.S. launch of Genki Surprise. The music group continuing on with drummer Etsuko Nakanishi and bassist Ritsuko Taneda, launching a live record and another full-length entitled Super Group in ’09 2009. Several a few months after completing 2010’s LEISURE TIME, drummer Nakanishi parted methods using the music group, to be changed by Emi Morimoto. After celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary using a concert in NY, the Yamano/Taneda/Morimoto lineup released Pop Listen in 2012 and Overdrive in 2014. The entire year 2015 saw even more lineup adjustments for Shonen Blade. In March, founding drummer Atsuko rejoined the music group on bass, a reunion which was said to be a short-term gig while Ritsuko was apart on maternity keep. However, Ritsuko didn’t come back and Atsuko continuing using the music group. Months afterwards, Morimoto announced her departure and was changed by Risa Kawano (Brinky). In Apr 2016, the entire year of the 35th wedding anniversary, Kawano as well as the Yamano sisters came back with Shonen Knife’s 19th studio room recording, the ’70s-rock-inspired Experience, which presented the solitary “Jump In to the ” NEW WORLD “.”

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Full Name Shonen Knife
Music Songs Top of the World, Twist Barbie, Riding On The Rocket, Flying Jelly Attack, I Am a Cat, Banana Chips, Brown Mushrooms, Cycling Is Fun, It's a New Find, Bear Up Bison, all I want for christmas........, Ah Singapore, Bad Luck Song, Sheena Is a Punk Rocker, Ramones Forever, Space Christmas, Daydream Believer, Sweet Christmas, Watchin' Girl, Tomato Head, Giant Kitty, Fruit Loop Dreams, Catnip Dream, Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramen Rock, Golden Years of Rock'n'Roll, Concrete Animals, Insect Collector, Antonio Baka Guy, A Map Master, Lazybone, Robots From Hell
Albums Osaka Ramones, Let's Knife, Burning Farm, Pretty Little Baka Guy, Rock Animals, Pop Tune, Brand New Knife, Yama-no Attchan, Super Group, Strawberry Sound, Heavy Songs, 712, Minna Tanoshiku, Candy Rock, Overdrive, Free Time, Happy Hour, The Birds & the B-Sides, We Are Very Happy You Came, Universal Hits-Golden Best, Genki Shock!, Fun! Fun! Fun!, Live in Osaka, Adventure, Shonen Knife, Greatest History, Millennium Edition, Ultra Mix

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Formula 1: BBC Sport 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Blood: The Last Vampire 2009 performer: "Kappa Ex." / writer: "Kappa Ex."
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 performer: "Top of the World"
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Double Dare 2004 Documentary performer: "Top Of The World"
The Powerpuff Girls 1998 TV Series performer: "Buttercup I'm a Supergirl"
Blade 1998 performer: "Ah Singapore"
The Parent Trap 1998 performer: "Top Of The World"
The Last Supper 1995/I performer: "Top Of The World"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode



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