Speaking of all-girl bands from Japan, this past July Shonen Knife released a Ramones tribute record, Osaka Ramones: Tribute To The Ramones. Shonen Knife might possibly be the best known alt-rock Japanese band here in North America and their influence of the Ramones is evident in their music, so it was appropriate they should celebrate their 30th anniversary by paying tribute to their favourite band. Interesting enough, Shonen Knife has an alter-ego, side-project band called Osaka Ramones that only plays Ramones covers live. They do a commendable job and it sounds like they had a fun time recording this. Sure, they'll never have the growl and grit of the Ramones, but who cares they can still play it fast and loose even with their slight Japanese accents and this effort would have made the Ramones proud! Enjoy!
Ooooo...and here's a live clip with an all-Ramones encore!!
1. Blitzkrieg Bop 2. Rock and Roll High School 3. We Want The Airwaves 4. She’s The One 5. Rockaway Beach 6. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker 7. Scattergun 8. Psychotherapy 9. The KKK Took My Baby Away 10. We’re A Happy Family 11. Chinese Rock 12. Beat on the Brat 13. Pinhead