Shonen Knife are a ground-breaking all-female Japanese, pop-punk rock trio formed in Osaka in 1981, when Naoko first heard late '70's punk-pop particularly The Ramones. Inspired, the band crafted their own idiosyncratic songs, fashioned brightly coloured outfits and DIY albums. In 1985, K Records released 'Burning Farm' in the US. Deals with Sub Pop and various Majors followed. 1989 saw the creme of the alt. rock scene (including Sonic Youth, L7 and Redd Kross) covering their favourite Shonen Knife songs on the tribute album 'Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them'. They toured with Nirvana (on the 'Nevermind' tour), The Breeders and as part of Lollapalooza. They recorded sessions for John Peel and appeared on MTV's 'Beavis and Butthead'. The band returned to the UK after a gap of 16 years in 2009 thanks to Damnably, Magic Teapot & The Brixton Windmill and have since played Matt Groening's curated ATP, Summer Sundae festival, Incubate, Le Guess Who? Handmade Festival, toured the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and India. They released the critically acclaimed albums Supergroup, Freetime, Osaka Ramones, Poptune and Overdrive and recorded regular BBC6 Music sessions for Marc Riley and Gideon Coe.
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