Shonen knife are a great straight-ahead guitar pop band with female vocals. They sing in English as well as Japanese. I have a remix CD of theirs, which is one of my favourite CDs — there’s a juddering Alec Empire remix, and the Bis remix of Wind Your Spring is as absolutely mighty as you would expect.

Shonen Knife released an album, Supergroup, this year. Japanator Radio played a few Shonen Knife tracks to mark the occasion. The album’s title track is a nice Ramones-y number — there’s also another track called Ramones Forever, so it all starts to make some kind of sense. Their cover of The Carpenters’ Top of the World seems a bit flat compared to the stellar original though.

Source: Japanator Radio 106

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