Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, was known for being candid and straightforward in his expressions.
He often shared his musical inclinations, frequently applauding artists like The Wipers, The Vaselines, and Daniel Johnston.
However, there was one band he held in high regard, going as far as to dub them the best in the world: Shonen Knife.
In 1991, during an interview at the Reading Festival with Spaceshower TV, the topic shifted to Nirvana’s impending Japanese tour.
Amidst playful banter, with bassist Krist Novoselic joking about his Toyota, Shonen Knife was mentioned. Kurt Cobain immediately seized the moment to share his admiration for the band.
He excitedly interjected, praising Shonen Knife as the world’s best band and urging anyone visiting Japan to catch their live performance.
“Ever listened to Shonen Knife? They’re amazing! They’ll be on your radar soon… keep an eye out for Shonen Knife,” Cobain enthusiastically advised.
Originating from Osaka in 1981, Shonen Knife is a Japanese pop-punk trio of women. Drawing inspiration from 60s girl groups, pop sensations, the Beach Boys, and pioneering punk acts like the Ramones, their music features direct melodies combined with quirky, unique lyrics in both Japanese and English.
It’s worth noting that Kurt Cobain’s admiration for Shonen Knife wasn’t just a passing comment. He also listed their 1983 debut album, ‘Burning Farm‘, among his top 50 all-time favorite albums.