Shonen Knife, Happy Hour
PopMatters Editor & Publisher
Wacky Japanese pop-punksters are back with their most straight-ahead pop album ever—and they’ve learned how to play their instruments too. Happy Hour is rolicking frolick through bubblegum pop culture—all perfect pop melodies, shiny choruses, and songs about cookies, hot chocolate, sushi, and banana chips. What other band could get away with that? It’s only fitting that the record concludes with a rowdy version of Monkee’s classic “Daydream Believer.” Give it a shot, this record is one helluva guilty pleasure.
Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.