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|Single by The Knack|
|from the album Get the Knack|
|B-side||"Let Me Out"|
|Genre||New Wave, power pop|
|Length||3:58 (single edit)
4:52 (album version)
|Writer(s)||Doug Fieger, Berton Averre|
|The Knack singles chronology|
"My Sharona" is the debut single by The Knack, released in 1979 from their album Get the Knack. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart where it remained for six weeks and was #1 on Billboard's Top Pop Singles of 1979 year-end chart. It was certified gold (one million units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America. It reached gold status faster than any debut single since The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in 1964.
The riff of "My Sharona" was written by the band's guitarist, Berton Averre, years before he joined The Knack. He had played the riff as well as a drum groove for Doug Fieger, the group's lead singer and rhythm guitarist, who loved it and promised to make it a song. However, Fieger, with no lyric ideas to add, was unsure what to do with it beyond that.
When Fieger, who was 25, met 17-year-old Sharona Alperin, she inspired a two-month-long run of songwriting, as well as becoming Fieger's girlfriend for the next four years. "It was like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat; I fell in love with her instantly. And when that happened, it sparked something and I started writing a lot of songs feverishly in a short amount of time." Whenever Fieger thought about Alperin, he would think of Berton Averre's guitar riff, and the two worked out the structure and melody from there. Averre was originally averse to using Sharona's name in the song, but Fieger wanted it to be a direct expression of his feelings; Averre ultimately relented. Fieger has claimed that "My Sharona" was written in 15 minutes.
Sharona, who appears on the picture sleeve for the single, became a major booster for the band bringing many girls to their early shows. Sharona Alperin is now a real estate agent in Los Angeles, California, and owns the song's Web domain name, using it for her personal Web site.
The music of the song echoes elements of songs from the 1960s. According to a Trouser Press reviewer, the song's main melodic hook is "an inversion of the signature riff" from "Gimme Some Lovin'," a 1967 song by the Spencer Davis Group. Fieger has acknowledged that the song's tom-tom drum rhythm is "just a rewrite" of "Going to a Go-Go," a song from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965. And the song's stuttering vocal effect of the repeated "muh muh muh my Sharona" phrase is reminiscent of the Roger Daltrey's vocals in the 1965 song "My Generation" by The Who. The song's clean production sound was also reminiscent of the sound of 1960s British Invasion. Dick Nusser of Billboard Magazine remarked on the song's "catchy, deliberately awkward, stop-go drum and guitar breaks" and its "quirky lyrics" and "suggestive tone," and that the song will "make you ready, willing and able to hum the refrain at the right moment." Chris Woodstra of Allmusic referred to the song as an "unforgettable hit." The New Rolling Stone Album Guide claimed that the song "was a hit for a good reason. The beat is urgent, the chorus calls out for drunken shouting along and the guitar solo is a firecracker flash."
"My Sharona" was ranked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs in 2008. It was also ranked #16 on the Top Billboard Hot 100 Rock Songs of the chart's first 50 years and as Billboard's Hot 100 Song of the Year for 1979.
A cover version song is also featured as downloadable content in the music video game series Rock Band. The original version of the song, along with its music video, is featured on Lips: Party Classics on Xbox 360.
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The B-side of the "My Sharona" single was "Let Me Out," another song written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre from the Get the Knack album. It was written to fill the band's need for a strong opening track, and was the first song on Get the Knack. Averre has stated that the song is "absurdly fast." The Knack drummer Bruce Gary felt that the words of "Let Me Out" helped make the song a perfect opener since the band wanted to "let out," and bassist Prescott Niles noted that with the song the band was all of a sudden "out of the box." Gary has also claimed that the song was "me trying to be Buddy Rich in a rock n' roll band. It was just full on."
Billboard Magazine described "Let Me Out" as "a teen anthem delivered at full throttle" and praised the song's "delightful" harmonies, "slapping" guitars and "perfectly tuned" drumming. Superchunk and The Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster commented the "full force" of Gary Bruce's drumming on "Let Me Out." Ira Robbins and Michael Sandlin of Trouser Press described the song as "tight guitar pop." Author John Borack described the song as "a damn fine pop tune." Audio magazine called it a "basher" with "plenty of style." Allmusic critic Mark Deming stated that the live version of "Let Me Out" has "a joyous force nearly any act would envy."
A 1979 live performance of "Let Me Out" from Carnegie Hall was included on the laser disc Live at Carnegie Hall. The song was also included on the Knack compilation album Premium Gold Collection. A 1978 live performance of "Let Me Out" from Los Angeles is also being included with a live 1978 Los Angeles performance of "My Sharona" and two other songs on a vinyl EP for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012. The two performances are also included on the live CD of the entire 1978 Los Angeles concert Havin' a Rave-Up. "Let Me Out" was covered by The Dickies on their 1998 album Dogs from the Hare That Bit Us.
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August 25, 1979 - September 29, 1979
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