Tuesday, February 23, 2010

R.I.P. Doug Fieger

Doug Fieger, the lead singer of the Knack died recently. He battled cancer for several years but finally succumbed at the age of 57. The Knack is best known for My Sharona, a perfect slice of jerky, late 70s power pop from their debut album Get The Knack. My Sharona spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 but the band never reached those heights again. A backlash against them soon followed partly because of Feiger's perceived arrogance and partly because of some idiotic management moves (keeping the band from doing domestic press and refusing television appearances!) Because they hit it big so quickly and fell so fast, the Knack are an underappreciated band in my opinion. 1981's Pay Dirt is a great album and even 1991's Serious Fun gets an occasional spin on the old CD player.

"107.1 The Knack" KNKK is a uniquely-named Hot AC station licensed to Needles, California. They also broadcast at 96.7 FM from Kingman, Arizona and on 95.1 FM from Lake Havasu City, AZ.

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