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“My Sharona” and “Good Girls Don’t” dominated radio waves at the end of the '70s as new wave finally made inroads into the heartland. The Knack did it by making great pop music, with killer hooks and catchy choruses that were tough to shake. What gets lost in all the hype (like the label’s attempt to market the band as the new Beatles) is just how good The Knack was. Guitarist Berton Averre is in a class of his own, and drummer Bruce Gary has been a sought-after session drummer. Due to the band’s accomplished musicianship, Get the Knack was recorded in just two weeks and managed to be both polished and energized. “Let Me Out” is a screamer, but the power pop sway of “Your Number or Your Name” and “That’s What the Little Girls Do” gives the band depth. Prescott Niles’ impeccable bass lines drive “Oh Tara” to the dance floor, while singer Doug Fieger’s defiant rasp makes “She’s So Selfish,” “Frustrated,” and their cover of Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat” perfect adolescent angst. A stunning debut.

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Great Album

This is a very good album

Get The Knack

One of my favorite albums. I can play it from start to finish without skipping any songs. I love it.


An amazing album from the best band of their time, but (She's So) Selfish is censored!


Formed: May, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Alternative, New Wave, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Apr 1979

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