Christopher Murther of The Boston Globe wrote in 2005: Theoretically, any band that writes songs with lyrics such as “Banana chips for you!/Banana chips for me!/ In the afternoon, banana chips and tea” should have a life span no longer than that of a grasshopper. But something oddly spellbinding occurs when deceivingly silly lyrics are sandwiched between a buoyant guitar and a rapid-fire, pop-punk drum kit. Which perhaps explains why the Japanese female alternative rock/pop punk trio Shonen Knife is still singing songs about cookies, sushi, jelly beans and, of course, banana chips, [and loop di loop carnival rides!] nearly 25 years after its inception.

Christopher Murther of The Boston Globe wrote in 2005: Theoretically, any band that writes songs with lyrics such as “Banana chips for you!/Banana chips for me!/ In the afternoon, banana chips and tea” should have a life span no longer than that of a grasshopper. But something oddly spellbinding occurs when deceivingly silly lyrics are sandwiched between a buoyant guitar and a rapid-fire, pop-punk drum kit. Which perhaps explains why the Japanese female alternative rock/pop punk trio Shonen Knife is still singing songs about cookies, sushi, jelly beans and, of course, banana chips, [and loop di loop carnival rides!] nearly 25 years after its inception.

It was in 1991 that Shonen Knife came to find their biggest fan in the form of Kurt Cobain, who had seen them play in LA and had come to deeply enjoy their music. Nirvana asked Shonen Knife to serve as their opening act for their UK tour, just prior to the release of their breakthrough album “Nevermind.” Shonen Knife lead singer Naoko Yamano later admitted that when Cobain asked them to open for his band, they had no idea what Nirvana was.
"So I went to a record store, and I bought their CD. And when I saw their photograph, I thought they might be scary persons, because their hairstyles and their clothes were very grunge. But once the tour had started, I noticed that all the members were nice, good persons. And because this was our first experience of a long tour, the drummer Dave [Grohl] helped us with setting up the drum kit.

Furthermore, despite Cobain’s reputation for being difficult, Yamano states working with him was a friendly experience, describing Cobain as “quiet, but very nice”. During the tour Naoko taught Cobain how to play their song “Twist Barbie” which Nirvana covered live at one of their secret shows.

It was in 1991 that Shonen Knife came to find their biggest fan in the form of Kurt Cobain, who had seen them play in LA and had come to deeply enjoy their music. Nirvana asked Shonen Knife to serve as their opening act for their UK tour, just prior to the release of their breakthrough album “Nevermind.” Shonen Knife lead singer Naoko Yamano later admitted that when Cobain asked them to open for his band, they had no idea what Nirvana was.

"So I went to a record store, and I bought their CD. And when I saw their photograph, I thought they might be scary persons, because their hairstyles and their clothes were very grunge. But once the tour had started, I noticed that all the members were nice, good persons. And because this was our first experience of a long tour, the drummer Dave [Grohl] helped us with setting up the drum kit.

Furthermore, despite Cobain’s reputation for being difficult, Yamano states working with him was a friendly experience, describing Cobain as “quiet, but very nice”. During the tour Naoko taught Cobain how to play their song “Twist Barbie” which Nirvana covered live at one of their secret shows.