Shonen Knife rock the Ramones covers on ‘Tribute’ 

Here’s another one of those jeez-look-how-time-flies moments. Shonen Knife — the great punk-pop trio from Osaka, Japan — is celebrating (gulp!) its 30th Anniversary this year.

When guitarist/vocalist Naoko Yamano first revved up her combo back in 1981, she was complemented by her sister Atsuko and pal Michie. Times change — the 2011 version now features bassist Ritsuko Taneda and drummer Emi Morimoto. And now that they’ve found support from, of all people, Robbie Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls (who signed them to his J-Rocking label Good Charamel Records), Yamano and company are blowing out the three-decade candles in campy style.

Shonen Knife has already issued three high-octane outings through Good Charamel (“Free Time,” “Fun Fun Fun,” and “Super Group”). But on July 19, they’ll release their first under their Joey/Johnny/Dee Dee/Marky-obsessed alter ego, the Osaka Ramones, called “Tribute To The Ramones.”

The cover is a zany “Road To Ruin”-spoofing cartoon of Yamano and crew, and the covers inside are perfectly selected — classics like “Pinhead,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Rockaway Beach” and later nuggets like “The KKK Took My Baby Away.” It’s a side project they’ve kept going for years — 30 years on, they’re finally sharing it with fans.

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