Shonen Knife Setlist
What's actually more interesting is that they announced they were playing on the same bill as The Pandoras (an all-girls band that broke up in 1990 and now featuring Muffs singer Kim Shattuck), taking place July 25 at Turf Club. We're big Muffs fan, so it might be worth it to check out the show.
As you can see from his setlist, the first half of the set was devoted to original CJ Ramone materials and the second half of the set was a tribute to the Ramones. Obviously, the second half of the set was a blast to hear... especially with their dedicated painter, also bopping and painting along by the front of the stage.
Some interesting notes about CJ's set, apparently in the 12 years that he played with the band, they never once play love songs (CJ said that was because all their love songs were written by Joey about Johnny's wife). Now that he can play whatever song he wanted, he chose to play "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend".
Highlight of their set was "Blitzkrieg Bop", which instantly got everyone moshing and slam dancing to the tune.
This is a great double bill for Shonen Knife, who sometime play as Ramones tribute band The Osaka Ramones. It's been a while since we as saw the band in 2009, but it would seem that they've reunited with original bassist Atsuko Yamano... who is temporary replacing Ritsuko Taneda on her maternity leave. This was a unique opportunity for non-Los Angeles fans to see Atsuko performing on bass for the first time in nearly a decade.
Interestingly enough, only a few tracks from their latest Overdrive were played... and only in a block near the end of their set. The new songs were all inspired by 70s hard rock, according to singer Naoko Yamano.
In typical Shonen Knife fashion, the band is often doing synchronized guitar poses and often flashing the peace sign.
This is an excellent band pairing, check out the continuing tour, which is taking place tonight in Nashville.
Shonen Knife's latest Overdrive is out now on Good Charamel. CJ Ramone's Last Chance to Dance is also out now on Fat Wreck Chords.
CJ⚡SK tour dates:
06/14/15 Atlanta, GA HELL at The Masquerade
06/16/15 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
06/17/15 Louisville, KY The New Vintage
06/18/15 Cincinnati, OH The Woodward Theater
06/19/15 Baltimore, MD The Metro Gallery
06/20/15 Long Branch, NJ Brighton Bar
06/21/15 Philadelphia, PA Black Box in Underground Arts
06/22/15 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
06/23/15 Hamden, CT The Space Ballroom
06/24/15 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
Shonen Knife at Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St Paul (10 June 2015)