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"My Sharona"
Single by The Knack
from the album Get the Knack
B-side "Let Me Out"
Released June 1979 (1979-06)
Format 7"
Recorded April 1979
Genre New wave, power pop
Length 3:58 (single edit) 4:52 (album version)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Doug Fieger, Berton Averre
Producer Mike Chapman
The Knack singles chronology
- "My Sharona"
(1979)
"Good Girls Don't"
(1979)
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"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.

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Inspiration and legacy

Lead singer/guitarist Doug Fieger was 25 when he met Sharona Alperin, who was 17 at the time[1]. 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. The two worked out the structure and melody from there.

Sharona herself appears on the picture sleeve for the single, and became a major booster of the band bringing many girls to their early shows.[2] Sharona Alperin is now a real estate agent in Los Angeles, California.[3] The easily recognizable riff of "My Sharona" was written by the band's guitarist, Berton Averre, long before he ever joined The Knack.

The song's bright, driving bassline, played mainly in G octaves, appears in the playlist of many aspiring bass players, often cited as a superb technical example of its genre.

In 1994, "My Sharona" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at #91) when it was released as a single from the Reality Bites soundtrack album.

The original song gained some attention in 2005 when it appeared on the playlist of U.S. President George W. Bush's iPod.[4]

The song was ranked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs in 2008.[5]

A cover version song is also featured as downloadable content the music video game series Rock Band. The original version of the song, along with its music video, is feature on Lips: Party Classics on Xbox 360.

Chart performance

Chart (1979) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles 1
Australian Kent Music Report 1
UK Singles Chart 6

Parodies, samples and covers

With both the notoriety gained from being an international hit, and its distinctive rock guitar riff, "My Sharona" has been the subject of numerous parodies, tributes, and sampling, including:

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Parodies

  • The song was spoofed in a Taco Bell commercial as "My Chalupa".
  • The song was heard in a Toyota commercial as "My Toyota."
  • Two versions of "Nine Coronas" was parodied by John Cougar Mammoser.
  • Parodied as "My Mohegan" in a Mohegan Sun commercial.
  • Parodied as "Comme des Conards" ("Like Jerks") for the French movie Les 11 Commandements directed by the French comedian Michaël Youn.
  • Parodied by Spoof-Man as "My Toyoda (The Recall Song)"

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Cover versions

Preceded by
"Up There Cazaly" by Two-Man Band
Australian Kent Music Report number one single
September 3, 1979 - October 1, 1979
Succeeded by
"Born to Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez
Preceded by
"Good Times" by Chic
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
August 25, 1979 - September 29, 1979
Succeeded by
"Sad Eyes" by Robert John
Preceded by
"Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb
Billboard Hot 100 Number one single of the year
1979
Succeeded by
"Call Me" by Blondie

References

  1. ^ Lieby, Richard "'My Sharona,' Revealing a Knack for Current Affiars?" The Washington Post April 17, 2005: D3
  2. ^ Liner notes, 2002 "Get the Knack" digitally remastered re-issue.
  3. ^ Alejandro Lazo, "M-m-m-my career in real estate: Sharona Alperin, who at 17 was the real-life inspiration for the 1979 Knack megahit, now sells high-end homes to celebrities.", Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Peter (2005-04-13). "Bush bares soul with 'iPod One'". CNN. Archived from the original on 2008-12-21. http://www.webcitation.org/5dElz9fVj. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  5. ^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  6. ^ My Sharona Songfacts
  7. ^ 'My Sharona' Creators Sue Yahoo, Apple, Amazon and Run DMC for Copyright Infringement, October 04, 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-15.

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