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They were subjected to a HUGE backlash, but I really liked Get The Knack a lot, and am sad to hear of Doug's passing.
"Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
- George Carlin
"It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
- Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears
"The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
My cousin was a huge Knack fan and got me into the band as well. I regret not seeing them with him when they were promoting ZOOM back in '98. I think they were playing in Minneapolis or possibly even Grand Forks at the time. Great music and a somewhat under-rated band.
It was the kiss of death back then to be compared to The Beatles -- earlier victims of this phenomenon included The Raspberries and Bay City Rollers -- and The Knack invited comparisons by consciously copying The Beatles' image in their marketing. (More here)
It's a shame because they might have had long careers if they had just created their own image like other bands.
But yes, "My Sharona" was an irresistible single back in 1979, and it's a classic today.