In 1998 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA on their Happy Hour tour, Shonen Knife was introduced by Joey Ramone as the “Osaka Ramones.” Upon their return to Japan that year, the all-female pop-punk band paid tribute to their heroes The Ramones by performing live as Osaka Ramones. Now to celebrate their 30th anniversary, Shonen Knife has released a thirteen song album, Osaka Ramones: A Tribute to The Ramones.

Shonen Knife’s signature live guitar sound owes a lot to the power chord-driven music of the Ramones. Keeping true to the spirit of the original tracks, Shonen Knife deliver faithful renditions in their cute J-pop tone of such Ramones classics as “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” and “Sheena is a Punk Rocker.” Have a listen to what The Ramones would sound like if they were Japanese women and download “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” free. (via Amazon)

MP3: Shonen Knife – Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (The Ramones cover)

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