In 1979 The Knack came from nowhere to be one of the biggest new acts of the year. ‘My Sharona’ was a number one hit worldwide and very soon after comparisons were being made to The Beatles (although that originated from record company hype).
Live, The Knack has developed a fanbase on the Sunset Strip attracting Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and The Doors’ Ray Manzarek to their shows. The debut album ‘Get The Knack’ was released and everyone knew who they were.
The Knack continued through until a final album in 2001. That year, just two weeks after September 11, The Knack performed at Hollywood’s House of Blues. The show was recorded and has just been released as ‘Live At The House of Blues 2001’.
Prescott Niles of The Knack recalls the history of his band for Paul Cashmere at Noise11.com.