Shonen Knife (Japanese Pop-Punk girl trio)

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Shonen Knife (Japanese: 少年ナイフ, Hepburn: Shōnen Naifu?, literally "Boy Knife") is an all-female Japanese pop punk band formed in Osaka, in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both in Japanese and English.

Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal '90s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross. The band has been credited with making "the international pop underground more international" by "opening it up to bands from Japan". They have also performed as a Ramones tribute band under the name The Osaka Ramones.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 みんな楽しく少年ナイフ Shonen Knife 1
1984 山のアッちゃん Shonen Knife 2
1990 Pretty Little Baka Guy + Live In Japan Shonen Knife 1
1991 712 Shonen Knife 4 3
1992 Let's Knife Shonen Knife 4 5
1993 Rock Animals Shonen Knife 5 3
1994 Favorites Shonen Knife 1
1995 Burning Farm Shonen Knife 3 2
1995 Pretty Little Baka Guy Shonen Knife 2
1996 Brand New Knife Shonen Knife 2
1998 Happy Hour Shonen Knife 4
2000 Strawberry Sound Shonen Knife 4 2
2002 Heavy Songs Shonen Knife 3
2003 Candy Rock Shonen Knife 2
2005 Genki Shock Shonen Knife 3 2
2007 Fun! Fun! Fun! Shonen Knife 1
2008 Super Group Shonen Knife 4 3
2010 Free Time Shonen Knife 5 3
2011 Osaka Ramones: A Tribute to The Ramones Shonen Knife 5 4
2012 Pop Tune Shonen Knife 4 3
2014 Overdrive Shonen Knife 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Shonen Knife Compilation Shonen Knife 1
1995 Greatest History Compilation Shonen Knife 1
1996 The Birds & The B-Sides Compilation Shonen Knife 3 1
2001 Millennium Edition Compilation Shonen Knife 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Live in Osaka Live 少年ナイフ 4 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Super Mix Remix Shonen Knife 1
1997 Ultra Mix Remix Shonen Knife 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Space Christmas Shonen Knife 2
1992 Do the Knife Shonen Knife 1
1992 Riding on the Rocket Shonen Knife 5 1
1993 Get the Wow Shonen Knife 2
1993 Brown Mushrooms and Other Delights Shonen Knife 1
1994 Tomato Head Shonen Knife 1
1996 Wonder Wine Shonen Knife 3 1
1997 It's a New Find Shonen Knife 4 1
1999 All I Want for Christmas Shonen Knife 1
2001 オレンジの太陽 Shonen Knife 1
2011 Perfect Freedom / P.Y.O. Shonen Knife 1
2011 Sweet Christmas Shonen Knife 4 1
Banana Chips Shonen Knife 5 1
E.S.P. Shonen Knife 5 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Knife Collectors Shonen Knife 3
1997 Explosion! Shonen Knife 4 1

Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 We Are Very Happy You Came Live Shonen Knife 1

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