Category: my sharona

On this day in music history: August 25, 1979 – “My Sharona” by The Knack hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre, it is the biggest hit for the Los Angeles, CA based rock band. The song originated from a riff and drum groove inspired by The Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “Going To A Go-Go”, written by guitarist Berton Averre. It is also inspired by Doug Fieger’s girlfriend Sharona Alperin (who also appears on the 45 picture sleeve) who he has recently met and become involved with. The songs’ trademark stuttering vocals by Fieger also pays homage to The Who’s “My Generation”. Entering the Hot 100 at #86 on June 23, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. Selling nearly two million copies, the single reaches that status faster than any single since The Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The huge success of “My Sharona” also sends their debut album “Get The Knack” to number one, topping the Billboard Top 200 for five weeks. “Sharona” is also ranked the number one single of 1979 by Billboard Magazine. The song is later spoofed by Cheech Marin in “Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie” in 1980, and in part is the inspiration for Michael Jackson writing “Beat It”, after producer Quincy Jones suggests that Jackson “write a rock song like "My Sharona”. Run DMC sample the song as the basis for “It’s Tricky” in 1986, which later results in a lawsuit when the sample was used without authorization. The matter is settled out of court. The Knack’s song is revived in 1994 when it is included in the Ethan Hawke directed film “Reality Bites”. “Sharona” is reissued as single (in remixed form), charting a second time peaking at #91 on the Hot 100. The song is also used by comedian Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live in an ongoing sketch called “Janet Reno’s Dance Party”, where Ferrell plays the former US Attorney General. “My Sharona” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: June 11, 1979 – “Get The Knack”, the debut album by The Knack is released. Produced by Mike Chapman, it is recorded at MCA Whitney Studios in Glendale, CA in April 1979. The first album by the Los Angeles, CA. based power pop band is recorded live in the studio with few overdubs, in just eleven days for a cost of only $18,000. Boosted by a huge publicity campaign by Capitol Records, the album becomes a massive seller out of the gate. Anchored by the huge hit single “My Sharona” (#1 Pop), “Get The Knack” becomes the fastest selling album released by Capitol since The Beatles US debut album Meet The Beatles in 1964. The album reaches Gold status in only thirteen days, and is certified Platinum in less than a month. The albums front and back cover are also inspired by the Fab Four, as well as the original vinyl LP and 45’s are issued with reproductions of Capitol’s vintage 60’s era labels. Viewed as a response the anti-Disco backlash that is reaching its crescendo at this time, the band and the album is hailed by fans and many rock critics as “the return of rock & roll”. But not long after the record becomes successful, a groundswell of backlash against The Knack develops. People offended by the bands often raunchy lyrics laced with sexual innuendo, and feeling they are trying to compare or align themselves to The Beatles legacy is a turn off to many. An artist in San Francisco launches the “Knuke The Knack” campaign in response to the negative publicity. The album spins off a second single with “Good Girls Don’t” (#11 Pop), but will not repeat the success of “My Sharona.” The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2002, with five additional bonus tracks added to the original twelve song track listing. It is also remastered and reissued as a limited edition hybrid SACD and 180 gram LP by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in 2017. It is also reissued on vinyl by Capitol Records in 2017, as part of the label’s 75th anniversary reissue program. The album is pressed as a standard 180 gram black vinyl LP, and as a limited edition white vinyl exclusive through The Sound Of Vinyl website. The white vinyl release is accidentally pressed using the censored version of “(She’s So) Selfish”, originally issued as a promo 45 for Canadian radio stations. Get The Knack spends five weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: August 25, 1979 – “My Sharona” by The Knack hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre, it is the biggest hit for the Los Angeles, CA based rock band. The song originated from a riff and drum groove inspired by The Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “Going To A Go-Go”, written by guitarist Berton Averre. It is also inspired by Doug Fieger’s girlfriend Sharona Alperin (who also appears on the 45 picture sleeve) who he has recently met and become involved with. The songs’ trademark stuttering vocals by Fieger also pays homage to The Who’s “My Generation”. Entering the Hot 100 at #86 on June 23, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. Selling nearly two million copies, the single reaches that status faster than any single since The Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The huge success of “My Sharona” also sends their debut album “Get The Knack” to number one, topping the Billboard Top 200 for five weeks. “Sharona” is also ranked the number one single of 1979 by Billboard Magazine. The song is later spoofed by Cheech Marin in “Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie” in 1980, and in part is the inspiration for Michael Jackson writing “Beat It”, after producer Quincy Jones suggests that Jackson “write a rock song like "My Sharona”. Run DMC sample the song as the basis for “It’s Tricky” in 1986, which later results in a lawsuit when the sample was used without authorization. The matter is settled out of court. The Knack’s song is revived in 1994 when it is included in the Ethan Hawke directed film “Reality Bites”. “Sharona” is reissued as single (in remixed form), charting a second time peaking at #91 on the Hot 100. The song is also used by comedian Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live in an ongoing sketch called “Janet Reno’s Dance Party”, where Ferrell plays the former US Attorney General. “My Sharona” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: June 11, 1979 – “Get The Knack”, the debut album by The Knack is released. Produced by Mike Chapman, it is recorded at MCA Whitney Studios in Glendale, CA in April 1979. The first album by the Los Angeles, CA. based power pop band is recorded live in the studio with few overdubs, in just eleven days for a cost of only $18,000. Boosted by a huge publicity campaign by Capitol Records, the album becomes a massive seller out of the gate. Anchored by the huge hit single “My Sharona” (#1 Pop), “Get The Knack” becomes the fastest selling album released by Capitol since The Beatles US debut album Meet The Beatles in 1964. The album reaches Gold status in only thirteen days, and is certified Platinum in less than a month. The albums front and back cover are also inspired by the Fab Four, as well as the original vinyl LP and 45’s are issued with reproductions of Capitol’s vintage 60’s era labels. Viewed as a response the anti-Disco backlash that is reaching its crescendo at this time, the band and the album is hailed by fans and many rock critics as “the return of rock & roll”. But not long after the record becomes successful, a groundswell of backlash against The Knack develops. People offended by the bands often raunchy lyrics laced with sexual innuendo, and feeling they are trying to compare or align themselves to The Beatles legacy is a turn off to many. An artist in San Francisco launches the “Knuke The Knack” campaign in response to the negative publicity. The album spins off a second single with “Good Girls Don’t” (#11 Pop), but will not repeat the success of “My Sharona.” The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2002, with five additional bonus tracks added to the original twelve song track listing. It is also remastered and reissued as a limited edition hybrid SACD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in 2017. Get The Knack spends five weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.