THE KNACK - 'My Sharona'/'Let Me Out' (Capitol CL 16087) June 1979
Doug Fieger the lead singer of The Knack died of cancer today and as a tribute I'll post the all time classic power pop 45 'My Sharona' which more or less defined the 'skinny tie' new wave sound.
I used to hear this song every morning in June/July 1979 while getting ready for school and having some breakfast. Radio 1 DJ, Dave Lee Travis a.k.a. 'The Hairy Cornflake' had it on heavy rotation. So much so that it was a big hit in England, reaching number 6 in the charts.
Fieger co-wrote 'My Sharona' with guitarist Berton Averre. The song was about his then teenage girlfriend called Sharona (obviously) and that's her pictured on the sleeve in a tight white vest showing off her raspberry ripples.
The producer for The Knack was Mike Chapman who served his time in the early 70s producing the Glam Rock hits for The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Mud and others. He also provided instant commercial appeal for Blondie.
THE KNACK - My Sharona