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Shonen Knife is an all-female Japanese pop punk band formed in Osaka, Japan in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups and early punk rock bands such as The Ramones
, the trio crafts stripped-down songs expressing infectious melodies and simplistic, exuberant lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their twenty-seven-year career has earned them solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal '90s alternative rock acts such as Sonic Youth
, Kurt Cobain
, and Redd Kross
. They have also performed as a Ramones tribute band under the name The Osaka Ramones
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