Yama-no Attchan [Bonus Tracks]

Yama-no Attchan [Bonus Tracks]

by Shonen Knife

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Yama-no Attchan [Bonus Tracks]

The year between the recording of their first record, 1983's Burning Farm, and their second, 1984's Yama-no Attchan, allowed Shonen Knife to improve their musicianship a touch. Not enough to mess up their innocent charm, but enough to make this record an improvement over their already quite good debut. The songs are just a bit stronger too. "Cycling Is Fun" bounces along on a near-Motown beat the likes of which they couldn't have done a year earlier, "Chinese Song" betrays the influence of dub punk like the Slits and the Raincoats, "Flying Jelly Attack" sports a killer bubblegum chorus and some tight riffing, and "Dali's Sunflower" betrays some heavy metal influence thanks to heavy power chords and guest guitarist Yasushi Utsunomiya's guitar mangling. The lyrical topics are just as wacky, though, covering insect collecting, leaves, cycling and cannibal plants. All in all, a stronger record than Burning Farm; more joyous, more memorable and more fun. Together they play like the blueprint for much of the American indie pop of the '80s and '90s. [As on Burning Farm a few of the songs here -- "Cycling Is Fun," "Insect Collector" and "Flying Jelly Attack" -- were re-recorded for 1993's Let's Knife].

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Oglio Records
UPC: 0790058160923
catalogNumber: 81609
Rank: 164424

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shonen Knife   Primary Artist
Michie Nakatani   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Atsuko Yamano   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Naoko Yamano   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ichiya Nakamura   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Slide Guitar
Junpei Taniguchi   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Shonen Knife   Producer,Audio Production
Michie Nakatani   Composer
Naoko Yamano   Composer,Artwork
Yumiko Okada   Art Direction
Shin Hirakawa   Executive Producer
Taku Ishii   Producer,Engineer
Ichiya Nakamura   Composer,Direction
Taku Ishii   Audio Production

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