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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Normal As The Next Guy

1. Les Girls

2. Disillusion Town

3. Girl I Never Lied To You

4. Normal As The Next Guy

5. Spiritual Pursuit

6. It's Not Me

7. One Day At A Time

8. Seven Days Of Heaven

9. Dance Of Romance

10. Reason To Live

11. A World Of My Own

12. The Man On The Beach

13. Seven Days Of Heaven (Songwriting Demo)

14. Spiritual Pursuit (Songwriting Demo)

15. Reason To Live (Songwriting Demo)

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Track List: Zoom

1. Pop Is Dead

2. Can I Borrow A Kiss

3. Smilin'

4. Ambition

5. Mister Magazine

6. Everything I Do

7. Love Is All There Is

8. Terry & Julie Step Out

9. Harder On You

10. You Gotta Be There

11. Good Enough

12. In Blue Tonight

13. Tomorrow

14. (All In The) All In All

15. She Says

16. Mister Magazine (Demo)

17. Harder On You (Demo)

18. (All In The) All In All (Demo)

19. My Sharona (Terry Bozzio Version)

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Track List: Midnight Misogynist / Lucy Ride

1. Midnight Misogynist (Demo)

2. Lucy Ride (Demo)

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Track List: Havin' A Rave-Up! Live In Los Angeles, 1978

1. Let Me Out (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

2. Your Number Or Your Name (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

3. Good Girls Don't (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

4. End Of The Game (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

5. Here On This Lonely Night (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

6. It's Alright (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

7. That's What The Little Girls Do (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

8. Evil Lies (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

9. Come A Little Bit Closer (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

10. Daughter Of The Law (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

11. Art War (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

12. (She's So) Selfish (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

13. My Sharona (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

14. (Havin' A) Rave-Up (Live In Los Angeles, 1978)

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Track List: Live In Los Angeles, 1978

1. Let Me Out (Live in Los Angeles) (1978)

2. My Sharona (Live in Los Angeles) (1978)

3. Romeo Eyes (Anawalt Rehearsal)

4. Art War (Anawalt Rehearsal)

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Track List: Round Trip

1. Radiating Love

2. Soul Kissin'

3. Africa

4. She Likes The Beat

5. Just Wait And See

6. We Are Waiting

7. Boys Go Crazy

8. Lil' Cals Big Mistake

9. Sweet Dreams

10. Another Lousy Day In Paradise

11. Pay The Devil (Ooo, Baby, Ooo)

12. Art War

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Track List: Retrospective: The Best Of The Knack

1. My Sharona

2. Your Number Or Your Name

3. One Day At A Time

4. The Hard Way

5. Good Girls Don't

6. She's So Selfish

7. Just Wait And See

8. Baby Talks Dirty

9. We Are Waiting

10. I Want Love

11. Africa

12. Can't Put A Price On Love

13. Rocket O' Love

14. Another Lousy Day In Paradise

15. Sweet Dreams

16. Don't Look Back

17. Pay The Devil (Ooo, Baby, Ooo)

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Track List: Serious Fun

1. Rocket O' Love (2002 Digital Remaster)

2. I Want Love (2002 Digital Remaster)

3. Serious Fun (2002 Digital Remaster)

4. One Day At A Time (2002 Digital Remaster)

5. River Of Sighs (2002 Digital Remaster)

6. Let's Get Lost (2002 Digital Remaster)

7. Can Tickle (2002 Digital Remaster)

8. Shine (2002 Digital Remaster)

9. Won't Let Go/Aces & Eights (Medley) (2002 Digital Remaster)

10. Body Talk (2002 Digital Remaster)

11. (I'll Be) Your Mau Mau (2002 Digital Remaster)

12. Doin' The Dog (2002 Digital Remaster)

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Track List: Get The Knack

1. Let Me Out

2. Your Number Or Your Name

3. Oh Tara

4. (She's So) Selfish

5. Maybe Tonight

6. Good Girls Don't

7. My Sharona (1979)

8. Heartbeat

9. Siamese Twins (The Monkey And Me)

10. Lucinda

11. That's What The Little Girls Do

12. Frustrated

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justinjenny4 9 5
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back in the day this would be considered punk/alterna t i v e , IDK
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Dn't wrry bobonnit. They were flushed dwn the bowl after refusing to do interviews & with bands to compete with like true legends i.e..... The Stones, Led Zepplin, Doors, The Who, The Beatles... etc.. need I go on? They couldn't come back frm the flush dwn the bowl they received frm society. So they're gone!! Hallelujah!! ! I loved those days tho & My Sharona takes me right to the timeframe I soooo miss but def not cuzza them. Ur comment has my vote.
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Even tho this song makes THE KNACK sound like a bunch of child molesters it still brings me back to great years of my life!!!! Loved those days!!
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I love song I have been playing this song send I am a little girl
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A blast from the past, high school days
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One of the most annoying bands of the late 70's. Get out
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mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
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Oh yes the Knack 8-Track Tape.
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Great band-The Knack!!
We lost Doug Fieger (cancer) not long ago.
Doug's brother (Jeff) is a big city attorney here in Detroit.
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Blasting from my 8-track player in my 1973 Chevy Vega....
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My Bologna....
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Mmmmmmmy ears- are in heaven��
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Good girls don't....but I do
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1979....WOW ...what a damn good year !!!!!
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My my my sca rotum!��
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When are they gonna add the But the Little Girls Understand album to Pandora?
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Yes, But Chuck T, Van Halen has amazing guitar skills, but I would pay to make them stop singing.
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Trolls please go away
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How is Chuck T full of s---? Every player he mentioned was active at the time, and the following year we would be introduced to Randy Rhodes. How was Zeppelin a memory? In Through the Out Door was released in 1979, returning much of their back catalog to the charts as well. I’ve always liked this band, and I like the MS solo as well. It wouldn’t however be very difficult to list many better ones. That’s not a dig; great pop bands are about hooks not virtuoso solos.
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packmanclan
So many great Summer memories blasting this from the stereo ����
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This is and was the music of the 70's and 80's...
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sandymcleod1 7
AWESOME BAND
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GET THE KNACK!!!!
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They were so better than just My Sharona
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a fantastic and under-rated band, brillant song writers
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amye45
I had braces.
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This was a great album. Chuck T. you are full of s**t. Led Zeppelin as much as I love them were almost a memory by 1979. The Knack were an awesome Pop group at a time when pop music was almost lost. I personally rate the Knack along great pop bands such as Rockpile, and the Pretenders.
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Great band 2nd album and serioius fun r great albums they should have had more success than they had
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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This was in my childhood
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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.
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Coolest song when I was a teenager, and still is!!
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whitt2726
Pop or not the guitar solo in My Sharona is one of the greatest in rock history.
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kmf187
Awesome
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My sharona!!!!! ! ! ! !
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pavlik204
It might have been a one hit wonder but it was a great one
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My jam!
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The first time I heard my sharona was on full house and I have loved it ever sense
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Huge fan of first three albums...lov e this track
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frankpepe2
jUST LOOK WHO THEIR PEERS WERE THAT SAYS IT ALL sO gOOD
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the solo in my sharona is crazzzy.
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tjamanda.ada m s
This used to be Kenny Fortinberry' s favorite song, way back when... RIP Kenny.
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Listen to She's so selfish... Had a girlfriend like this. Couldn't ever get to second base!
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First two albums are outstanding and totally under-rated. This songwriting is exceptional.
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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)....
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j.babczak
great immortal song! it has the best guitar solo ever. (sorry carlos santana).
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