'''Shonen Knife''' is a Japanese PopPunk group that started in Osaka when two sisters and their close friend decided they liked TheRamones enough to start a band and copy them. They started gaining overseas recognition in the late Eighties and early Nineties when such notable figures as [[{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] and John Peel brought them into the limelight, and since then they've had a respectable fanbase both in their native Japan and in the Western world.

Like their heroes, Shonen Knife's songs largely have [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple chords, catchy lyrics and manic energy]]. They also have a [[WidgetSeries rather large number of songs about food]].

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!!Tropes related to the band include:
* ActionGirl: "Super Girl (Buttercup)".
* BathsAreFun: "Public Bath".
* CarefulWithThatAxe: A particular song called "Buddha's Face" due to its sound being borrowed from HeavyMetal had the singer screaming "Going, going, going to hell" near the end and then on the fourth time screams, "Going, '''[[MetalScream GOING]]''', going to hell".
* CatGirl: "I Am A Cat." Possibly related to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_a_Cat the novel]] of the same name.
* TheConstant[=/=]IAmTheBand: Naoko Yamano.
* CoverAlbum: ''Osaka [[TheRamones Ramones]]''.
* CoverVersion: They did a cover of "Top of the World" which appeared on a Carpenters tribute album and in the remake of ''TheParentTrap''. They also recorded "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (for a BurtBacharach tribute album), "When You Sleep" (for an all-Japanese Music/MyBloodyValentine tribute album called ''[[UnfortunateImplications Yellow Loveless]]''), "[[TheMonkees Daydream Believer]]" and "[[Music/{{Wings}} Jet]]"
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "One Week."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Quite so. The band had a very rusty start in the 1980s.
* GratuitousEnglish: At first, but started to write English songs on their first album in the 1990s. However, their latest releases still have some sort of {{Engrish}} in them, especially when Naoko sings, which leads to some {{indecipherable lyrics}}
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Their very first album "Minna Tanoshiku" is impossible to be found in a physical format unless you're one of the lucky ones to actually own one. This is due to only having limited copies of it and further pressings were ceased by the band. It has since then resurfaced in mp3 formats in some places of the internet.
* MegaNeko: "Giant Kitty."
* NewSoundAlbum: "Strawberry Sound" which was deliberately after Shonen Knife's members were just the Yamano sisters.
* NoExportForYou: "Candy Rock" is one of the few album's ''not'' to be released in the US. It is currently their most elusive album yet.
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirls]]: "Ramones Forever."
* RockTrio: For an amount of time, they became a duo due to Michie leaving the band. Then after Atsuko left, she is replaced by a new member. As of now, they are a trio once again with a totally different lineup.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* WidgetSeries: As noted above, songs about food take up a good chunk of their output.
** Also, animals seem very popular ("I Am A Cat", "Spider", "Cobra vs. Mongoose").
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