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The Knack

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There have been several bands with this name:

1. The Knack was a Los Angeles-based / band from Detroit, Michigan. They rose to fame with their first single, “My Sharona”, which was an international hit in 1979. The of “My Sharona”, coupled with the band’s look, earned the band comparisons to The Beatles (though the band members themselves viewed the ‘New Beatles’ label as tongue-in-cheek). Many music critics hated , which dominated the music industry at the time, and were, at best, coolly receptive to other developing trends like , , and .

The Knack’s influences earned them some critical credibility and massive commercial success with their debut album, 1979’s ‘Get The Knack’. The band had formed in May 1978, known at first as ‘20/20’, and, after shopping their demo tape to various record labels without success, they began playing the local club circuit. Quickly gaining a following as musicians such as Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen praised them, they finally signed with Capitol Records in January 1979. Reaching #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, ‘Get The Knack’ has earned praise for decades, with Kurt Cobain in particular claiming it as one of his top fifty albums of all time.

While fans praised their and fueled sound, many critics still found issues with the group’s in-your-face image in their lyrics, with accusations of misogyny popping up. After subsequent releases, the social backlash against the Knack (similar to that of The Monkees a generation earlier) was strong. Dave Marsh of ‘Rolling Stone’ in particular wrote, “In Fieger’s lyrics, women are literally commodities whose chief purpose is to be brutalized.

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