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Encyclopedia > The Knack
The Knack

The Knack of the cover of their debut Get The Knack
Background information
Genre(s) New Wave
Powerpop
Years active 1978-1981
1986-1987
1991-Present
Label(s) Capitol
Members
Doug Fieger (Vocals,Guitar)
Berton Averre (Lead Guitar)
Prescott Niles(Bass Guitar)
Former members
Bruce Gary (Drums)

The Knack are a Los Angeles-based rock band that rose to fame with their first single, "My Sharona", an international hit in 1979 (see 1979 in music). Knack is a Belgian magazine written in Dutch. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Get the Knack is the debut album by The Knack. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The term New Wave has been used to describe several movements in art. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Douglas Doug Fieger (born August 20, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American singer and songwriter. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Bruce Gary (7 April 1951 in Burbank, California - 22 August 2006 in Tarzana, California) was most widely known as the drummer of the music group The Knack. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... My Sharona is a 1979 song which was the debut single by and international hit for The Knack. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ...


The power pop of "My Sharona", coupled with the band's "retro" '70s new wave look, earned the band comparisons to the early Beatles. Many music critics of the era disliked disco, which dominated the music industry at the time, and were, at best, coolly receptive to other developing genres like punk rock, hip hop and heavy metal music. The Knack's power pop and hard rock influences earned them some critical credibility. They were also vilified by some critics for their misogynistic lyrics. After subsequent albums, there was a critical backlash against the band and they broke up amidst internal squabbles. They have re-united periodically over the years and in 2001 put out a studio album Normal As The Next Guy and a live DVD Live From The Rock N'Roll Funhouse. As of 2005, The Knack are still active and play at various venues. Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... New Wave was a pop and rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


All members of the group are Jewish. Singer Doug Fieger, a native of Detroit, Michigan, had previously played in a country rock band called Sky as well as The Sunset Bombers. Fieger is the brother of Detroit-area attorney Geoffrey Fieger, best known for representing Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a series of assisted suicide cases. Of the three other original members of The Knack (Berton Averre - Guitar, Prescott Niles - Bass, and Bruce Gary - Drums), Averre and Niles still currently play with The Knack. Bruce Gary died from lymphoma on August 22, 2006. He was 55. The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Douglas Doug Fieger (born August 20, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Detroit redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the American band. ... Jack Kevorkian, M.D. (IPA pronunciation: [1]) (born May 20, some sources say May 26[2], 1928) is a controversial American pathologist. ... Bruce Gary (7 April 1951 in Burbank, California - 22 August 2006 in Tarzana, California) was most widely known as the drummer of the music group The Knack. ... Bruce Gary (7 April 1951 in Burbank, California - 22 August 2006 in Tarzana, California) was most widely known as the drummer of the music group The Knack. ... This article is about lymphoma in humans. ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Bruce Gary left the band well before his death, becoming a respected producer (archive recordings of Jimi Hendrix and new recordings of The Ventures) and a very successful sideman performing live and on studio sessions with artists such as Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Spencer Davis, Stephen Stills, Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow - and he did not join the more recent Knack reunions. Bruce Gary (7 April 1951 in Burbank, California - 22 August 2006 in Tarzana, California) was most widely known as the drummer of the music group The Knack. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Walk Dont Run (1960) The Ventures are a rock instrumental band formed in 1958, by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two Seattle masonry workers. ... John Symon Asher Jack Bruce (born May 14, 1943) is a Scottish-born musician, composer and singer. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... For a former Governor of Saint Helena, see Spencer Davis (governor). ... Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young). ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England. ... Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American blues rock singer, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. ...


Several drummers have played for the group since Gary's departure including Billy Ward (Serious Fun album), Terry Bozzio (Zoom album), and David Henderson as 'Holmes Jones' (Normal as the Next Guy and Live at the Rock N Roll Funhouse albums). Currently Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) is playing the drums for the group. Compilation album cover Billy Ward and the Dominoes were one of the top American R&B groups of the 1950s, and launched the careers of both Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson. ... Terry John Bozzio (born December 27, 1950, San Francisco, California) is an American drummer. ... David Henderson may be: David B. Henderson, a prominent U.S. politician of the 1890s and 1900s. ... [[<img src=http://img143. ...


All four original band members, including Bruce Gary, reunited in the studio on one occasion in recent years to record a track for a multi-artist compilation album saluting the British band Badfinger. In 2005, The Knack made an appearance on the TV program "Hit Me Baby One More Time". Badfinger were a rock/pop band formed in Swansea, Wales in 1965, and one of the earliest representatives of the power pop genre. ...


As of August 2006, the band has been on hiatus after Doug Fieger underwent surgery.


Doug Fieger appeared in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia between late-August and early-September 2007. He sang The Knack favourite "My Sharona" only. The Countdown Spectacular is a series of concerts reviving the nostalgia of the Australian music television series Countdown. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... My Sharona is a 1979 song which was the debut single by and international hit for The Knack. ...


Bassist Prescott Niles runs his myspace page myspace.com/prescottniles

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Lawsuit

Members of The Knack have filed a lawsuit[1] against popular rap music group Run DMC for copyright infringement. The lawsuit alleges that the defining guitar riff from "My Sharona" was used without permission in the Run DMC track "It's Tricky" from their 1986 album "Raising Hell." The amount of damages sought is currently unspecified; however, considering the number of albums Run DMC has distributed over the last 20 years containing the specified track, the dollar figure could potentially be quite high. Run-DMC is a hip hop crew founded by Jason Jam Master Jay Mizell that included Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels. ... Its Tricky is a single from the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C.. It is featured on the album Raising Hell (1986) and Run DMCs Greatest Hits CDs (numerous). ... Raising Hell is a 1986 (see 1986 in music) album by old school rappers Run-D.M.C.. Their breakthrough album, Raising Hell trumped standing perceptions of commercial viability for hip hop groups, achieving triple-platinum status and receiving critical attention from quarters that had previously ignored hip hop as...


Discography

Studio albums

  • Get the Knack (1979) #1 (5 weeks) US, #65 UK 2x Platinum
  • ...But The Little Girls Understand (1980) #15 US Gold
  • Round Trip (1981) #93 US
  • Serious Fun (1991)
  • Zoom (1998)
  • Normal As The Next Guy (2001)
  • Re-Zoom (Zoom with Bonus Tracks) (2003)

Get the Knack is the debut album by The Knack. ...

Live Album Released on CD and DVD

  • Live From the Rock n Roll Funhouse (2001)

Live Concert Released on Laserdisc

  • The Knack Live at Carnegie Hall (1979)

Live Concert Released on DVD

  • World Cafe Live: The Knack in Concert (May 2007)

Compilation Albums

  • My Sharona (1995)
  • Retrospective (1992)
  • Proof: The Very Best Of The Knack (1998)

Documentary DVD

  • Getting The Knack (2004)

Singles

  • "My Sharona" (1979) #1 (6 weeks) US, #6 UK
  • "Good Girls Don't" (1979) #11 US, #66 UK
  • "Baby Talks Dirty" (1980) #38 US
  • "Can't Put A Price On Love" (1980) #62 US
  • "Pay The Devil" (1981) #67 US
  • "Rocket O' Love" (1991) #9 US (album rock tracks)

My Sharona is a 1979 song which was the debut single by and international hit for The Knack. ...

Lead Singer Doug Fieger Solo Album

  • First Things First (2000)

Audio sample

The Knack - My Sharona excerpt Image File history File links The_Knack_-_My_Sharona_excerpt. ...

An excerpt from My Sharona

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References

  1. ^ MusicRooms.com (2006). The Knack vs. Run DMC Lawsuit. Retrieved 2006-09-18.

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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CMT.com : The Knack : Biography (342 words)
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.
The Knack began a quick spiral downward that they were never to recover from.
Rough Edge: The Knack CD Reviews (1070 words)
Too bad the Knack's meteoric rise and fall and their instant labeling as a bubble gum band prevented them from selling more records than they really should have.
Nobody knows that better than The Knack who, after the huge success of their "Get The Knack" debut, rushed into the studio on a wave of famous "phony Beatlemania," to record "...But the Little Girls Understand" which was released a scant eight months later.
The Knack are a quirky, different kind of band and you probably have to be a fan to appreciate these new releases.
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