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Skyline Sessions: Shonen Knife

Watch the renowned Japanese power trio perform in the studio.


Formed in 1981 in Osaka, Japan, Shonen Knife is an acclaimed punk-rock band known for its idiosyncratic songs with positive lyrics centered around animals, food, and fun. A best-kept-secret to underground-rock fans throughout the ’80s, the all-female band’s music was introduced to new audiences in 1991 when Kurt Cobain invited them to be the opening act for Nirvana’s UK tour supporting the album Nevermind.

Remarkably, given the band’s appetite for touring and playing live shows, Shonen Knife has released 21 studio albums, the most recent being 2019’s Sweet Candy Power. While on a Houston tour stop, the band visited Skyline Sessions to record “Buttercup (I’m a Super Girl)” from the Powerpuff Girls soundtrack, the title single from Sweet Candy Power, and the SK classic “Banana Chips.”

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Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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