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Here's Five: Shonen Knife's Favourite Songs About Food

Here's Five: Shonen Knife's Favourite Songs About Food

Chris Cudby / Monday 19th February, 2024 10:07AM

Shonen Knife have written many snack-themed classics during their four decade plus career — eg. 'Banana Chips', 'I Wanna Eat Chocobars', 'Ramen Rock' — so given the opportunity, we simply had to ask the Japanese punk-pop legends about their personal favourite food-themed songs. Co-founding guitarist / singer Naoko Yamano generously named five delectable tunes to feast your ears upon below. Dare not miss Shonen Knife on tour all around Te Ika-a-Māui this March, joined by a lolly scramble of local special guests including CINDY, Cootie Cuties, Teenwolf and Sure Boy, brought to you by Susie Says!...

Shonen Knife

Wednesday 6th March - Waiheke Island, Artworks w/ Teenwolf*
Thursday 7th March - San Fran, Wellington w/ Sure Boy*
Friday 8th March - Yot Club, Raglan w/ CINDY
Saturday 9th March - Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Cootie Cuties

Auckland and Raglan tickets available HERE via UTR
*Waiheke Island and Wellington tickets at

The Beatles – 'Strawberry Fields Forever'

This is not a food song actually but the title includes Strawberry and I chose this. The Beatles is the first band which I was so inspired. When I was a teenager, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 were released. My friend bought the red one 1962-1966 and I bought the blue one 1967-1970. We exchanged and listen and listen again. I love late Beatles. Especially I loved the song 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. I put my ear in audio set and listened carefully and enjoyed the psychedelic world.

Shonen Knife – 'Sweet Candy Power'

I love candies. I believe that candies have power. When I get tired, they make me cheerful. I always take candies with me when I tour. They are good for my sore throat. Manuka Honey candies are the best!

Kinks – 'Afternoon Tea'

Melody lines of Kinks are fantastic. I wish I could make such cool melody lines. I also like 'Afternoon Tea' to eat. It is like an amusement of sweets. We Shonen Knife have the same title song in our latest album Our Best Place.

Syd Barrett - 'Baby Lemonade'

His activity period as a musician was very short but he is a kind of genius. The world of him is very unique and special.

Redd Kross – 'Peach Kelli Pop'

Redd Kross and Shonen Knife got to know each other in late '80s. I went to their show in late '80s in Los Angeles and I became a fan of them quickly. They joined a tribute album of Shonen Knife Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them (1989) and they wrote a song called 'Shonen Knife'. For the answer song, I wrote a song called 'Redd Kross' which is including our album 712 released in 1991. Anyway, I love Redd Kross a lot.


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