This is one high energy, hard rockin', power pop song. It's as fresh today as it was back in '79.
It's done live and is the best version of My Sharona recorded, EVER. Don't even think, just watch the video. Enuff said!
The Knack's "My Sharona" debuted an international number-one hit in 1979 and it was Certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing one million copies sold.
Co-writer Doug Fieger stated that the song was written from the perspective of a very horny, 14 year old boy. At 25, Fieger met and fell head over heels in love with then 17 year old Sharona Alperin and wrote My Sharona to win her over.
Fieger recounted that "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."
However, co-writer Berton Averre's inspiration for the song isn't quite as romantic though.
His infectious guitar riff was inspired by Elvis Costello's, "jungle beat, slam-your-head-against-the wall kind of intensity" hard rockin' song, Pump it Up from his This Year's Model album which is way superior to The Knack's - Live at Carnegie Hall album.
This is easily The Knack's very best performance of My Sharona.
It's hard not to notice wild eyed, Doug Fieger's at times crazed look on his face while performing on stage, passionately and unashamedly stroking his long, phallic, erect microphone stand while bringing the song to a climax in front of the energized, charged up, raucous crowd ... what a real sweat fest it was!
The graphic imagery is beyond vivid in this performance. This was one red hot, live performance.
What I would give if I could go back in time to be at that show! ... the entire show is available on YouTube.
Doesn't this song and their performance just kick ass?
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