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The Knack

Forming in Los Angeles in the late '70s, the Knack (Doug Fieger, vocals/guitar; Berton Averre, lead guitar; Prescott Niles, bass; and Bruce Gary, drums) were neither punk nor rock, but pure simple pop, standing out among the musical dross that littered the Sunset Strip. Signing with Capitol after a feeding frenzy of label offers, the Knack released their debut, Get the Knack, in 1979. With its leadoff single, "My Sharona," the Knack climbed both the album and singles charts (eventually selling millions of copies around the globe), gained wide commercial acceptance, and regenerated the power pop scene that had laid dormant for half a decade.

The Knack's image, or lack thereof, was often unfavorably compared to the Beatles, but their music relied on the rough punchiness of the Kinks and the Who rather than the Fab Four. Their refusal to do interviews turned critics against them, and by the time they released their second album, ...But the Little Girls Understand, less than a year after the debut, the backlash had already begun ("Knuke the Knack").

The Knack then began a quick spiral downward that they were never to recover from. Their third album, Round Trip, was adventurous and daring and received favorable reviews, but the band decided to split up soon after the album was released. Due to their continuing underground popularity, the Knack resurfaced almost a decade later (minus Bruce Gary) and recorded the abysmal Serious Fun before hiding out once again to lick their wounds. The appearance of "My Sharona" on soundtracks and compilations caused the Knack to be thrown in the midst of a revival of sorts, reuniting and playing the occasional show in L.A. Bruce Gary temporarily returned to the fold, but by the time the Knack released their second "reunion" album, Zoom, during the summer of 1998, the drum stool had been filled by Terry Bozzio (formerly of Missing Persons and Frank Zappa's band). Still, the bandmembers hoped that a whole new generation of music fans would get the Knack with the release of 2001's Normal as the Next Guy, an album that found the group at its best when discarding old formulas. Fieger, however, died in 2010 after battling lung and heart cancer. ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee, Rovi
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Great band 2nd album and serioius fun r great albums they should have had more success than they had
Referring to the My Sharona guitar solo as one of the greatest in rock is quite far-fetched. While definately enjoyable - it is ridiculously long and offers nothing new or fresh as far as technique goes. Remember at the time you had Eddie Van Halen, Michael Schenker, Jimmy Page and many others scorching the frets. The Knack guy does not belong with such great players - for sure.
ggleixne
How can you say that Serious Fun was abysmal? Really? The label went belly up the week after release and the Rocking Album got no promotion. Sorry to disagree but Serious Fun is the hidden treasure cd in the bargain rack!
jamie2893
their one hit is nauseating. there was so much better music at the time we had supertramp, the cars, we had b-52's, donna summer, foreigner, Elvis costello, Rolling stones, just to name a few so much better s**t than the stupid knack.
My best friend Glenn and I, spent the whole summer fishing when this song came out and/or was all over the radio. We chewed Beachnut Wintergreen Leaf (don't tell my parents). Battery Radio the norm, there wasn't anything else. We caught lots of fish that year, lost a couple big ones, caught a few big ones. This song will always bring me back to wonderful memories.
This was in my childhood
Cool: drums, bass, lead guitar, rhythm guitar...any t h i n g else?...oh, yeah...vocal s . Ultimate song for a four piece band.
Coolest song when I was a teenager, and still is!!
whitt2726
Pop or not the guitar solo in My Sharona is one of the greatest in rock history.
kmf187
Awesome
pckers4
My sharona!!!!! ! ! ! !
pavlik204
It might have been a one hit wonder but it was a great one
My jam!
The first time I heard my sharona was on full house and I have loved it ever sense
Huge fan of first three albums...lov e this track
frankpepe2
jUST LOOK WHO THEIR PEERS WERE THAT SAYS IT ALL sO gOOD
the solo in my sharona is crazzzy.
tjamanda.ada m s
This used to be Kenny Fortinberry' s favorite song, way back when... RIP Kenny.
Listen to She's so selfish... Had a girlfriend like this. Couldn't ever get to second base!
First two albums are outstanding and totally under-rated. This songwriting is exceptional.
I got the Knack in 1979 when it was released, and that album blew me away! What a great album! I was fortunate to them in concert before Mr. Fieger passed away (RIP)....
j.babczak
great immortal song! it has the best guitar solo ever. (sorry carlos santana).
I wish I had kept that album from back then.
Curtmel, I saw an opening band in the 80's called Helix. The singer did the same thing with the mike stand for their whole set. Everyone in the arena was laughing and mocking the guy by the time Whitesnake came on. So lame it was funny.
Back in 79 my girlfriend got tickets for free, so we went, good show, the lead singer pretty much jacked off the mike stand the whole concert.
lebaron10
For you kids out there-this was a MONSTER when it hit the airwaves. Some people thought they were gonna be the next Beatles. Not quite, but great tune!
acat52188@ao l . c o m
My Sharona is still one of the best songs...EVER ! It's in my top 5 and no one should ever redo this single. It's perfect the way it is. Leave it alone as a testament to the group's legacy. Their first single is unquestionab l y their best. (Good Girls Don't is also worthwhile.)
Simply beautiful, beautifully simple!
I love the Knack. Got me through many depressing nighst in college.
This is my favorite song from them.
...the Knack... were neither punk nor rock, but pure simple pop... Their music was pure *power pop.*
Fabulous Song!
Probably my least favorite song EVER!
wkonyha
My Sharona was my favorite "between inning" song as I umpired baseball in the Big 10.
Peggy, honey, what the hell are you going on about? Fun memories of this band before the masses got their greedy hands on them. It' s good they made money, probably set for life, but it was way more fun when they were underground, and most people didn't know who they were. THey deserve the respect they are getting. It's not their fault FM radio played them to s**t.
The Knack, the Cars, Cheap Trick. Throw in the Kinks and Neil Young and that was pretty much all I listened to in those days.
Still one of the greatest debut albums of all time, drove the stake in the heart of disco.
jcote3
how can people not like the Knack...If only they didnt close themselves off to the world...
To continue, If only the Knack had had oodles of tattoos, were festooned with nose rings and studs, and played loud, muddy, crappy, lifeless, cliche ridden music they would have ben cool, huh?
Dear child, "hits" don't matter. Every time I go to Guitar Center I see and hear fingerpicker s in the acoustic guitar area playing absolutely wonderful music, some of it original songs, that they wrote themselves and I see and hear 16 and 17 year olds playing circles around most of your "hit makers." Besides The Knack did quite a few really good songs. Oh, if only they had had oodles of tattoos, were festooned with nose rings, and studs, and played loud, muddy, crappy, lifeless, cliche ridden m
One hit wonder!
Crisp and punchy! Makes me happy. Why, my dog even gets up on his hind legs and dances when The Knack comes on! Well, the last part is a lie, but it's grand music regardless!
Yeah, this album brings back great memz. Will always love it!!
Had the cassette. Ran it so much that it broke. Recently found in vinyl. Stills sounds incredible.
The critique above from the dude from All Music Guide is a crock. Saying the band was "not rock" is simply ridiculous. As for the backlash aimed at the band, that was largely in response to perceived sexism in the lyrics. Come on, the words rock n roll are code for "fu#@ing". Forget what so called "critics" have to say. I'm a critic, and so are all of you. Your opinions count as much as anyone in the press or music biz.
markv299
I will NEVER tire of this album, nor "My Sharona". I bought this when I was in college and still listen to it. "Zoom" was also a great album as well, but like The Knack, never got the credit or airplay it deserved. Rest In Peace, Doug Figer. Your music brought a lot of joy...
lmliro
Doug Fieger and 'My Sharona' will always be associated with 1979, maybe as the first rock success as disco started to crumble. I still look forward to that blistering guitar solo.
I was ridiculed to no end about buying this album, but I didn't care. I loved it anyway! I was vindicated about a decade later when they started to buy it themselves. It is just good music and labels are meaningless. . .
donnyboy8519
Steve (above) is the typical critic who reflects backwards only. Serious Fun was and is The Knack's best recording. Yes, "Get The Knack" is a great album, but frankly if I never hear My Sharona again, it will be too soon. It was a great song for about the first 10,000 times, then it got a little old.
I wrecked this 8-trak by playing it too much, but the little girls understand.. . . .
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