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Shonen Knife

I chanced across the first because Tamsin Chapman had linked me to six great new femme-pop bands and I was having a look around on YouTube. This, I cannot resist – The Carpenters meet Ramones via our very own Shonen Knife.

I’ll write a post around Tamsin’s recommendations later. Here’s one of them, for now.

As far as the second video goes, as Joseph Kyle puts it, ” Is this one of those instances where words simply fail?”

The “ow-ow” at 0.42 is out of this world.

And, on an entirely different tack, here’s the debut single on trakMARX Records. A wonderful slice of social commentary. Beautiful singing and beats and horns and use of that slime David Cameron’s voice. Doesn’t make me yearn to be back on the streets of Britain necessarily, but it does make me yearn to be back among the people of Britain.

4 Responses to three videos to start your day with

  1. Bianca October 25, 2011 at 10:12 am

    More posts like this on CB please! This post makes my day brighter. Thank you! 🙂

  2. Craig Montgomery October 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I thought you’d like that.

  3. Tom R October 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    “On Top of the World” was the first recording of Shonen Knife’s I heard – first track on “The Birds and the B-Sides”.

    Then, when I visited Osaka and heard over the loudspeaker on the train plantform that “bird call” guitar melody they open the song with, I had to suppress a joyous shriek.

  4. WayneCha November 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I love Shonen Knife, and I got the chance to meet ’em on their tour bus back in ’94. It wasn’t exactly a meeting of the minds, but it was still a thrill to spend a little time with such a wonderful band. I think my introduction to their music was through a tribute CD called “Every Band Has a Shonen Knife Who Loves Them.” It included covers by Sonic Youth, L7, Christmas, and Red Kross (naturally), but it was a CD that featured their first two Japanese albums that really did it for me. As far as I’m concerned, they were never quite as inventive or poplicious since the release of that one.

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