True, looking at them or listening to their music (both of which still reek of twee teen spirit), you get the feeling that they've got a Dorian Gray-esque CD in an attic in Osaka where they're wrinkled on the cover and performing waltzes. Sugar pop is sugar pop, though, and the Knife has turned out some classics of the sub-genre, including "Riding on a Rocket," "Explosion" and "I Am a Cat." Like all one-trick ponies, Shonen Knife's later CDs suffer simply through repetition of what you've already heard, but their newest, Heavy Songs, is still no worse than recent work by, say, Guided By Voices. Anyway, seeing them live in all their kawaii (Japanese for "cute") glory will still be like a sugar rush straight to the eardrums.
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