Michie Nakatani (中谷美智枝, Nakatani Michie) (born October 8, 1961) is a Japanese former musician, singer, and songwriter and was one of the founding members of the Japanese alternative rock all-female group Shonen Knife.
Before joining Shonen Knife, Michie spent some time working as a cartoonist's assistant.
In 1997, just as Shonen Knife were about to embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, Michie came down with a bout of appendicitis. She was able to recover in time to join the band in Australia. During the New Zealand dates bass duties were handled by Atsushi Shibata.
She stayed with Shonen Knife from December 1981 until December 1999. In early 1999, when she decided to leave the band, Naoko and Atsuko tried to talk her out of it, but she was firm on her decision to leave so in the end they reluctantly had to let her go. After Michie's departure, Atsuko moved from drums to bass guitar, with Mana Nishiura taking over as Shonen Knife's touring drummer until her death in 2005.
Since her retirement, Michie has retreated from public life, giving up music altogether. She hasn't appeared publicly with Shonen Knife since 1999.
"We've always enjoyed writing songs about everyday things. Besides, there are already enough bands out there singing about pollution, war and poverty. While we all care very much about those things, we also feel that music should be fun."
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