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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Fun, Fun, Fun! 2 May 2003
By C. C. Thomas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is what pop music was originally and this is how it should be and always stay: just pure fun. Shonen Knife is (was? - are they still around?) a Japanese power-pop trio/girl group. Think of the Go-Go's speeded up to Ramones' velocity and sound relocated to Japan and you get the idea. This album is just chock-full of catchy, unpretentious gems from the energetic "Twist Barbie" to the unaffected charm of "I Am a Cat". And how can any power-pop aficionado resist the 2 very different versions of the "Tortoise Brand Pot Scrubbing Cleaner's Theme"? That's the adjective I would use to describe this collection: irresistible. This album is not so much zany or goofy as it is an amalgam of retro pop styles from punk to surf with some Eastern intrigue thrown in for good measure ("Ah, Singapore"). Makes perect sense to me and in a perfect world this is music you would actually get to hear on the radio. Listening to this album, somehow the world doesn't seem so mean and threatening a place no matter what's going on in it and yes, it will put a smile on your face. This one's on my list of Top 50 all-time albums and their next one "Rock Animals" is also very good. And did I mention... these girls ROCK!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Extrordinarily Refreshing 4 Mar. 2005
By kevin yee - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Take the charm of the Beatles, the power of the Ramones, the odd satire of the Descendents, and the adorableness (dont think its a word but oh well) of Lisa Loeb, shrink wrap it all together, then evenly displace the mixture into three barely 5 feet tall Japanese female bodies. Give them musical equipment, then go rock out with them. This is the essence of Shonen Knife.

Being a half Japanese kid, when I saw the ad for the Shonen Knife show I immediately took interest and went and purchsed this CD. Needless to say, it is incredible. Its one of the most energetic, fun, addictive, and unique records I have ever had the pleasure to listen to; and I will not waste any time picking up the rest of their collection.

The music basically sounds like a mixture of all the bands listed above. Just throw in a lady from Osaka with a high pitched fun voice, some equally fun backing vocals, and a Japanese accent. Then sit back and groove. I only skip one or two tracks on this album, because 90% of it is super cool. Apparently, this was their first U.S. release and I think it contains a variety of tracks from other albums; sort of like a greatest hits, but not. Anyway, check out the first three tracks, "Flying Jelly Attack", and "I Am a Cat". But dont you dare skip the other ones in the process, because youre only hurting yourself.

Ok, sorry in advance because Im going to talk about the show I just saw rather than the album. But Im still so stoked from it I need to let you know. It was easily the best show Ive seen this year, and is in the top three concerts of all time. Actually, its in its own category of cool. Shonen Knife live is just something you have to experience to have a fulfilled life, kind of like the Cramps. And like Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, Naoko and Atsuko put on one of the greatest shows EVER. And I cant forget Etsuko, the little drummer that kicked some serious butt. Each lady had their own on-stage style and flair, and it was something truly special. I also got to meet them afterwards, and being a 6'1" Asian, I kind of felt out of place because they barely came up to my shoulder when they stood next to me. Naoko and Etsuko were also very shy, but it was still such a thrill and honor.

Anyway, I encourage anyone and everyone to give Shonen Knife a listen. Im sure some folks have an either love or hate view on stuff like this, but its still worth giving a chance to. Listen to the songs "Rubber Band" and "Banana Chips" (which unfortunately arent on Lets Knife) while youre at it. And for the sake of humanity, go see them live.

Iko-o iko-o everybody lets go!

Ukaboo ukaboo everybody ukaboo!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ten years later, this album still rocks 30 July 2003
By Michael E. Strupp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the more unusual bits of alternative rock to emerge in the US in the early 1990s but ten years later, it's still a brilliant album. Great tracks to hear: Get The Wow, Insect Collector and the bizarre Devil House (what movie were they watching?) If you like Ramones-like guitars, strange lyrics and unusual vocals, get this album. It'll keep rocking for another ten years!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is where to start your knife collection 13 Aug. 2001
By Ryan Kramer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A virtual greatest hits of all the bands songs they had accumulated up to the release of this album, only this time the songs have been rerecorded with a much more fleshed out sound to them.
Some fans think the songs loose some of their charm when put up next to the smaller sounding originals, but most will welcome the unappolgetic rock out efforts of this Osaka trio.
If you've heard of Shonen Knife through other avenues (I.E., friends, on TV or in the movies) this is the place to start as this CD embodies all the rock out charm that made the girls such cult icons in music circles...
Buy the CD, turn on "Riding on a Rocket" then go driving down the highway on a sunny day. Then just TRY wiping the smile off your face.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good Stuff! 14 May 2005
By C. Woody Butler - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ok - this is a great CD.

Buy it!

I mean, how can you resist 3 japanese girls kicking major rock butt? I wish more of the popular US musical organizations (I hesitate to call them bands any more) had this much energy and originality.
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