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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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Albums by
The Knack

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    15 songs

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    Normal as the Next Guy [Bonus Tracks]

    19 songs

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    Zoom [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    ...But the Little Girls Understand

    12 songs

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    Serious Fun

    12 songs

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    Get the Knack

    2 songs

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    Midnight Misogynist / Lucy Ride

    16 songs

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    Rock & Roll Is Good for You: The Fieger/Averre Demos

    17 songs

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    The Retrospective: The Best of the Knack

    4 songs

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    Live In Los Angeles, 1978

    17 songs

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    Live from the Rock 'N' Roll Fun House

    14 songs

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    Havin' a Rave-Up! Live in Los Angeles, 1978

    15 songs

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    Live From the Rock 'N' Roll Funhouse

    16 songs

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    Carnegie Hall, New York, March 18th, 1979 (Remastered, Live On Broadcasting)

    18 songs

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    New York, December 10th, 1981 (Remastered, Live On Broadcasting)

    6 songs

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    Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, June 10th, 1994 (Remastered, Live On Broadcasting)

    16 songs

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    ...But the Little Girls Understand [Bonus Tracks]

    17 songs

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    Get the Knack [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    Round Trip

    10 songs

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    Best of the Knack

    17 songs

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    Re-Zoom

    17 songs

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    Round Trip [Bonus Tracks]

    16 songs

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    Serious Fun [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    Normal as the Next Guy

    14 songs

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    Zoom

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Top Songs by
The Knack

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  2.   My Sharona
  3.   Good Girls Don't
  4.   That's What the Little Girls Do
  5.   Oh Tara
  6.   End of the Game
  7.   Time Waits for No One
  8.   Weiss on Rye (Hold the Mayo)
  9.   Tell Me Your Mine
  10.   You'll Never Know
  11.   Art War
  12.   Boys Go Crazy
  13.   Corporation Shuffle (Daddy Turns the Volume Down)
  14.   Evil Lies
  15.   (Here on This) Lonely Night
  16.   On the Beach
  17.   Go Away, Stay Away
  18.   Maybe Tonight
  19.   Let Me Out
  20.   Good Enough
  21.   Everything I Do
  22.   The Feeling I Get
  23.   Can't Put a Price on Love
  24.   Tell Me You're Mine
  25.   One Day at a Time
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    New Wave Deep Dive

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    '80s Hits

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    '70s Rock

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    Classic Hits

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    Nirvana: DNA

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    Beatles: DNA

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    '70s Deep Dive

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    David Bowie: DNA

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    Paul McCartney: DNA

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    Soft Rock


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