The Knack – Get the Knack
1979, Capitol Records
- “Let Me Out”
- “Your Number or Your Name”
- “Oh Tara”
- “(She’s So) Selfish”
- “Maybe Tonight”
- “Good Girls Don’t”
- “My Sharona”
- “Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)”
- “That’s What the Little Girls Do”
Doug Fieger – Vocals, Guitar
Berton Averre – Guitar
Prescott Niles – Bass
Bruce Gary – Drums
Producer: Mike Chapman
I’ve always had an interest in late ’70s/early ’80s bands that combined rock ‘n’ roll with power pop and new wave music. The Cars did it best, IMO, but after listening to the debut album from The Knack, I can officially call myself a fan of this band as well.
“My Sharona” is an all-time rock classic that immediately thrust the band into the spotlight and “Good Girls Don’t” had some radio success as well. But album cuts like “(She’s So) Selfish” and the ballad “Maybe Tonight” prove the band were more than just one-hit wonder.
The band came under fire shortly after the release of their debut as being misogynists thanks to songs like “(She’s So) Selfish” (it’s about not getting laid and refers to the girl in question as a ‘rich bitch’) and “Good Girls Don’t” (it’s about getting laid). Honestly, call me a misogynist as well, but I don’t have a problem with these lyrics. I’m not sure why people took offense to the Knack for these songs when hard rock bands from the ’70s were talking about the same thing and ’80s hair metal was far, far worse in terms of treating women like objects. Maybe it’s because the Knack had a more radio friendly sound and weren’t heavy rock that made their songs & lyrics so jarring for some.
“Maybe Tonight” proves that band wasn’t all about objectifying women though. It’s a trippy and mesmerizing ballad with some great production that speaks of a guy who is in love with a girl and is trying to work up the nerve to tell her. It should’ve been a single in an attempt to quell any complaints about the band’s attitude and brashness. It’s my favorite song on the album, with “My Sharona” being a close second.
Highlights: “(She’s So) Selfish”, “Maybe Tonight”, “Good Girls Don’t”, “My Sharona”, “Heartbeat”