Rock Animals

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Rock Animals
Studio album by Shonen Knife
Released January 25, 1994
Genre Pop punk, post punk, indie rock
Length 48:20
Label Virgin, MCA, Creation
Producer Shonen Knife, Paige Porazzo
Shonen Knife chronology
Let's Knife
Rock Animals
Brand New Knife (1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link

Rock Animals is a 1994 album by the Japanese all-female rock trio Shonen Knife. It features Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore on the song "Butterfly Boy". A vinyl copy of the album was found on Kurt Cobain's turntable when his body was found in April 1994, and it is generally believed that it is the last album he listened to before he died.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Naoko Yamano, except where noted.

  1. "Quavers" 3:25
  2. "Concrete Animals" 4:29
  3. "Butterfly Boy" (Michie Nakatani) 4:59
  4. "Little Tree" 3:55
  5. "Catnip Dream" (Nakatani) 4:39
  6. "Tomato Head" 5:21
  7. "Another Day" (Nakatani) 4:36
  8. "Brown Mushrooms" 4:36
  9. "Johnny, Johnny, Johnny" (Nakatani) 2:48
  10. "Cobra Versus Mongoose" 4:15
  11. "Music Square" 4:56


Shonen Knife[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Thurston Moore: Additional Guitars
  • Millie-Willy: Additional Vocals ("Kitty-Cat" vocals on "Catnip Dream")
  • Motoi Semba: Keyboards and Computer Programming


  • Executive Producer: Paige Porazzo
  • Produced by Shonen Knife and Paige Porazzo
  • Recording Engineers: Akio Tanabe, Ohji Hayashi and Jim Waters
  • Mixed by Don Fleming, except tracks 7 and 11 (mixed by Akio Tanabe)