Thursday, January 28, 2010

Get the Knack

Don't anybody groan because I'm doing a post on The Knack. I've been listening to a lot of power pop lately and you can't talk about power pop without talking about The Knack. Hailing from Los Angeles the Knack played the club scene incessantly in 1978. By November of 78, 13 record companies were engaged in bidding war for their services. Capitol records won. They entered the studios and eleven days later came out with their first album, "Get the Knack", for a cost of 17,000 dollars and came out in 1979. The songs were recorded live with nary an overdub.

With marketing support from Capitol and a bunch of infectious power pop tunes, the record flew off the shelves. Gold certification took 13 days. Platinum certification came in less than seven weeks, making "Get The Knack" one of the fastest to gold / platinum debut albums of all time. By the time they released their second album in 1980, a Knuke the Knack campaign was started and so did their downward spiral. The Knack never fully received the respect they deserved from critics and that's truly a shame. Those who bash them and say "one hit wonder" really just don't get it and never will. If the Knack were not successful you would probably be reading high praise calling them unsung power-pop legends! But it was a good album so it didn't bug me. Throughout the years I have purchased every single Knack album and enjoyed them immensely. They are still out there kickin' around and playing with the exception of drummer Bruce Gary who died from lymphoma on August 22, 2006 at the age of 55. Currently Pat Torpey (from Mr. Big) is playing the drums for the group. Another great power pop album.

Your Number Or Your Name
That's What The Little Girls Do
Buy It

Funny Toon


jb said...

It's my opinion that the Knack helped to save Top 40 radio from drowning in a sea of disco. When "My Sharona" came out in the late summer of 1979, it was so loud and so unlike the string-driven, beat-heavy dancefloor numbers that had been dominating the radio since the previous winter, that it felt like the cavalry was riding to the rescue.

A lot of critics were upset with the rather obvious theft of Beatles imagery on the album cover, too.

Anonymous said...

One of my top 10 favorite albums. It's right up there with London Calling and Nevermind.

alex twist said...

it's a great album, and very nice choices, those two cuts are among my favorites on the LP