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The Knack — My Sharona
Album: Get The Knack
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Released: 1979
Length: 4:51
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Hoo, my little pretty one, my pretty one
When you gonna give me some time, Sharona?
Hoo, you make my motor run, my motor run
Gun it comin' off o' the line, Sharona

Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, woo!

M-m-m-my Sharona

Come a little closer, huh, a-will ya, huh?
Close enough to look in my eyes, Sharona
Keepin' it a mystery, it gets to me
Runnin' down the length of my thigh, Sharona

Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, woo!

M-m-m-my Sharona
M-m-m-my Sharona (Yeah!)

When you gonna give to me, g-give to me
Is it just a matter of time, Sharona?
Is it d-d-destiny, d-destiny
Or is it just a game in my mind, Sharona?

Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, woo!
M-m-m-m-m-m-m-my, my, my, aye-aye, woo!

M-m-m-my Sharona
M-m-m-my Sharona
M-m-m-my Sharona
M-m-m-my Sharona

Hoooooo-ohhh, my Sharona
Hoooooo-ohhh, my Sharona
Hoooooo-ohhh, my Sharona
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Nice to hear, after the Dweezil Zappa performance last week in Utrecht. He played the same song
 ziakut wrote:
Ravel's "Bolero" to The Knack "My Sharona"...only on Radio Paradise! Love it!
 
When I was young and goofy, I used to do the same at parties. Back then hard rock and heavy metal were the "cool thing". There's nothing more satisfying to "shower" a pumped-up crowd with Shubert's "St√§ndchen", Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" or even Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". :)
I feel my IQ tumbling listening to this excremental nonsense. *Hits skip button*
Nostalgia 8. 
I see this is a repeating pattern - Bolero to My Sharona... perfick.
 ziakut wrote:
Ravel's "Bolero" to The Knack "My Sharona"...only on Radio Paradise! Love it!
 

And again just now. The segue is a bit...jarring but hey it's fun.

The way I remember it, The Knack took some heat even among my teen peers for panting an awful lot about sex in this and their other hits. But for some reason--maybe because the playing is so tight--this isn't a nostalgia piece.
That song is a pop music footnote.
I didn't say stop!

H.J.S.
 Queue wrote:

Sharona now
Sharona Now
 
Are you sure that's not Adam Sandler in drag?
 marktberry wrote:
 

  
Weird Al  is going to be at the Minnesota State Fair with a full orchestra this coming week!

What is he going to conduct? 

 

 

 

 

 

 ziakut wrote:
Ravel's "Bolero" to The Knack "My Sharona"...only on Radio Paradise! Love it!
 
And once again today !
If this song has any shortcomings they are completely erased by that guitar solo!
"My bologna" - Weird Al
 Typesbad wrote:
An immensely dumb song then, and at least as dumb a song now.   And I like hearing it.
 

Absolutely right. But perhaps one is immensely dumb to not like that simple trickster gimmicky but fun guitar break. 
 Akazungu wrote:
My wife and I have a play list called "Songs of Sexual Deviance" including things like Billy Idol's "Sweet 16" and Steely Dan's "Cousin Dupree."

This one makes the list :)
 
I have one I titled "Restraining Order" with "Spoonful" and "It's Now or Never" and Blondie "Call Me" and "I Put a Spell on You" and "Barrel of a Gun" and "I Will Possess Your Heart" and Adele's "Hello" and many more (an unnervingly large number of songs) of romantic obsessions that go way beyond OK. And of course the Police "I'll Be Watching You."

Might have to include this one, as well.

PS: You have Rolling Stones "Little Queenie" on your list, too, right?
immer noch knackig
My wife and I have a play list called "Songs of Sexual Deviance" including things like Billy Idol's "Sweet 16" and Steely Dan's "Cousin Dupree."

This one makes the list :)
I heard this was a decent album. Never had it.
Play other tracks from this album, Bill ?
 kcar wrote:



I was in the heart of the demographic target when this came out and a lot of us thought The Knack were almost obnoxiously obsessed with sex. But yes, dumb and fun. Woo!
 

Yes, looking back at those lyrics...  I think it was ALL of their songs that were just over the top with it.   But hey, it was working for AC/DC, so why not?  Times have changed.
This was one of the better one hit wonders from my school years. It's still good to work out to at the gym.
 curtlichter wrote:
It's popularity may have over-shadowed the terrific guitar solo.
 
I never paid enough attention to this song until today, so just now noticed the incredible solo, and drums to go with it!  New found appreciation!
 StigOHara wrote:
Man, that guitar solo!
 
I'm with you on that one!
very crisp and clear.
Ravel's "Bolero" to The Knack "My Sharona"...only on Radio Paradise! Love it!
Very good drummer and interesting rythm  
One of my first love song 
truly a bad, way over-rated song. Popular only because it was new.
I love to hate this song, somehow original and it has drive, but at the same time such annoying vocals and guitar sound...
Man, that guitar solo!
 kingart wrote:
I've always loved the guitar break. The rest of the tune is either mediocre, annoying, or doesn't belong with the good part. 

 
Yep, it's hard to get through most of it, as I think it was mediocre AND annoying. But, the axe-attack is pretty good. Can't believe it hasn't been mentioned (was everyone else afraid to be too obvious?) but that solo sounds greatly influenced by "I Need a Lover" from then-Johnny Cougar, done in '78, just a year previous. (Interesting that Pat Benatar covered Cougar's tune, too, in 1979, and got much air play with it.)
Bill, please let us in on the theory behind Bolero followed by My Sharona! LLRP!
It's popularity may have over-shadowed the terrific guitar solo.
 Typesbad wrote:
An immensely dumb song then, and at least as dumb a song now.   And I like hearing it.

 


I was in the heart of the demographic target when this came out and a lot of us thought The Knack were almost obnoxiously obsessed with sex. But yes, dumb and fun. Woo!
first late 70s American band to bring back The
Pure nostaligic '79 pop. It was the right place, right time situation...as an antidote to the end of the disco era. Not quite alternative, not quite punk...but a nice influence into this tune. I liked it then...love it now. Thanks, RP. 

A good example of being kind of "meh" when this song came on the radio then or now...but on RP it has a new, much deserved life!

R.I.P. Doug and Bruce
I was working as a bartender during the summer of 1979. This song was played so often on the bar's jukebox that I began to hate it. I was glad when it fell out of favor. Always liked Weird Al's version.
 Alexandra wrote:

 

Albeit slightly creepy.

 


 
Slightly?   Only if you happen to be into 14 year old girls.....
I don't like, I LOVE {#Dancingbanana}
 KevinM wrote:
Garbage then, garbage now.
 
One man's garbage is another man's gold? Well, something like that...

Actually, this is an excellent example of overplay on the radio ruining a fun song with a phenomenal guitar jam.  I get it, some people hate it, but that doesn't automatically make it bad. Art, in whatever flavor or shape, is still art. And, this is one of my all time favorite songs, despite getting dumped by my first real love that year. Anything raunchy and wrong took the edge off! My Sharona and Good Girls Don't did it for me.

I feel sorry for the haters who didn't get The Knack.   
They had it going there for about 6 MONTHS!



I guess I'm more impressed CREEM actually wrote an article about The Jam while they still existed!
 ppopp wrote:
No-one ever needs to hear this song ever again.

 
you're no fun!
You just can't get any funner then that
Is there a better song that this that defines 1979?  Good bye 70s and get ready for the 80s tune for sure.  
 gjeeg wrote:
Catchy and legendary in spite of itself.
(Has that Sweet Jane / Baba O'Reilly chord sequence.)

 
 

Albeit slightly creepy.

 


I remember running out of church on a Sunday just before noon -asked my mom for the keys to the car so I could catch the end of ATF with Casey Kasem on the radio.  This song was #1.  And it rocked. 
Was there too. Surprised to hear it here. It's all good. {#Cheers}
No-one ever needs to hear this song ever again.
Sometimes a song comes down to a time and a place.  If you were there then, the song has resonance that cannot be reproduced if you weren't.  Was there = 8.



Rock and roll sandwich: 4 minutes of stale bread surrounding a nice tasty slice.  

I will always think of Cheech and Chong when I hear this


11:59 amThe Knack
My Sharona
Get The Knack (1979)6.7 11:56 amArctic Monkeys
I Want It All
AM (2013)6.1 11:52 amVelvet Underground
Rock And Roll
Loaded (1970)

Probably would have been a better segue to leave out Arctic Monkeys, but the collision could have cost Bill his FCC license.


I still really believe that Bills plays this because he has a good sense of humour in addtion to an impeccable taste music.
 
There is no denying that, in my cherry '70 Cutlass, with Cragar mags, G60 slicks, and glass-pack mufflers, this sounded great LOUD!
{#Ask}.......why do the letters W, T & F come to mind?
{#Bananajam}des war de Faschingsfetzer 1980 ,
Catchy and legendary in spite of itself.
(Has that Sweet Jane / Baba O'Reilly chord sequence.)
love this any beach boys
didn't know I felt this way, but yes, exactly.

Typesbad wrote:
An immensely dumb song then, and at least as dumb a song now.   And I like hearing it.

 


An immensely dumb song then, and at least as dumb a song now.   And I like hearing it.
The song lyrics are infantile. But with a few beers or some weed, one might conclude that the guitar break earns its keep. I liked it a lot more in 1979. 
O.M.G.
ayatollah
The best version of this song is Vaiche Boa of Heredeiros da Crus. I recommend it.
 MJMJ wrote:

I love both of those songs. Got any others?

 
{#Lol}True. There are plenty of tunes that could be called "dumb" - even The Beatles had some (e.g.:"Ob-La-Di, Ob-la-Da" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer").  Being dumb doesn't automatically make them bad songs.
The Knack,,,,weren't they supposed to be the Beatles of the 80"s or was that Adam Ant? I forget
I'd forgotten how long and painful this song is...
 dragon1952 wrote:
Just about the dumbest song in history .....right up there with Little Willy by Sweet  {#Rolleyes}

 
I love both of those songs. Got any others?
Just about the dumbest song in history .....right up there with Little Willy by Sweet  {#Rolleyes}
I had forgotten how good these guys were as musicians.
still have the vinyl.. {#Dancingbanana}
Ahhh, Highschool.
 
It’s always a good day when you hear “My Sharona."
 
 
Garbage then, garbage now.
 kingart wrote:
I'll have the power pop head banger's guitar break special, thanks. 

 
I love power pop, but this song never quite qualified (to my ears, anyway). 
I'll have the power pop head banger's guitar break special, thanks. 
When this came out a lot I had an old Toyota that was our party car at the time. We used to drive along screamming
MUMUMUM  MY CORONA!
Yes Bill!
 
I'm from Detroit. I should be proud, right?
a perfect pop song.
Holy High School Batman.  Heavy rotation 1979!
 Lazarus wrote:


I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...

I got burned at the stake here in paradise by an angry mob of unsophisticated tone-deaf peasants...  but I was saved because of my faith in sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song, and this album...

the best song on this album is called "Good Girls Don't"...

another song, called "(She's So) Selfish", has a line in the lyrics that describes "coming from the quaalude scene..."

great guitar work all over the album...




Turns out that is actually Sharona in the pic on the album cover. Studio must have been cold that day?
 


 Lazarus wrote:


I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...

I got burned at the stake here in paradise by an angry mob of unsophisticated tone-deaf peasants...  but I was saved because of my faith in sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song, and this album...

the best song on this album is called "Good Girls Don't"...

another song, called "(She's So) Selfish", has a line in the lyrics that describes "coming from the quaalude scene..."

great guitar work all over the album...





 

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 Shaken_Bake wrote:
Fuck, I'm old.

 

Get up and DANCE!  That's just what I did!  And then air guitar and air drums!

And then you have freaked anybody watching...or impressed them that once apon a time, you were so wild!


{#Bananapiano}
always sounded like rice-arona to me. , must have been in the city or sumthin.
 Thank you treatment_bound!  Thats a cool bit of pop history ...

treatment_bound wrote:
Just went and looked up a pic. on Wikipedia of the 45 sleeve--I do remember it! 

Also found this article, filling in more of the story:

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124397021






 
"Not everybody knew that Sharona was a person, or they thought maybe it was a thing. I think in Japan, they might have thought it was the male organ — that's what I heard."
 Keef wrote:

Romeo where did you go?
 

I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...

I got burned at the stake here in paradise by an angry mob of unsophisticated tone-deaf peasants...  but I was saved because of my faith in sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this song, and this album...

the best song on this album is called "Good Girls Don't"...

another song, called "(She's So) Selfish", has a line in the lyrics that describes "coming from the quaalude scene..."

great guitar work all over the album...




 jimbaca wrote:
Best 45 record sleeve ever!  (Not the one shown here)

  Just went and looked up a pic. on Wikipedia of the 45 sleeve--I do remember it! 

Also found this article, filling in more of the story:

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124397021





Funniest thing I ever heard on ABC world news was correspondent Brian Ross (I think) quoting some of the lyrics "...running down the length of my thigh-sharona."
One of George W's favorite ipod jogging tunes. True story
My my my my Corona

Without the era-defining and very happening guitar break, it's kind of a nothing song.  But I always listen to the nothing to get the something. 
Made my browser crash. My browser apparently has good taste.
Hahaha.... I usually start singing this song when I crack open a Corona -- which is anytime now, since it's summertime...  {#Cheers}
 amprich wrote:
Yesssss! HA!...never gonna stop...give it up....my sharona....dancing in my chair!

 

Me too!  whooaap!

Always reminds me of this scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQVw58aDt3Y


Best 45 record sleeve ever!  (Not the one shown here)
This is fun...period. Not meant to be a truly meaningful song. The teenage angst and all that comes with it. This humping beat song nails it!
Yesssss! HA!...never gonna stop...give it up....my sharona....dancing in my chair!
Ah, love it! From back in the Day. What a great (dare I say iconic?) riff. And a great post-solo break. But, you know, haters gonna hate. 
 Dav3thedog wrote:
Hated it then, hate it more now.
 
Yup, you got that right.
 Shaken_Bake wrote:
Fuck, I'm old.
  What shaken bake said.

I love it!


Hated it then, hate it more now.
{#Bananapiano}
Cheech sang it best!
 Nadine wrote:
will always make my ears bleed and disturb me. does '79 excuse the weak production? this song is joke, right? bass, guitar and drums so weak and sooo weak in sound...  nah.
 

I agree totally except an essential word you missed: IRRITATING.

This is one of my most hated irritating songs (even more so than Purple Rain)

70s were mostly a golden age for music -this is just apalling.


This is one of those songs I have a hard time rating... the song deserves an 8, but I don't want it played that often so I at least knock it down to a 7, if not a 6.  Hey Bill, how about a two variable rating system?
will always make my ears bleed and disturb me. does '79 excuse the weak production? this song is joke, right? bass, guitar and drums so weak and sooo weak in sound...  nah.
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
 

exactly !
It's amazing to me how a hit song describes or defines an era.
What the hell were we thinking here? 

just dance 
What fun!
 (former member) wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 
Romeo where did you go?
You have got to be kidding!
Bill gives us kids a treat! {#Biggrin}
 Vogelfrei wrote:

But thanks to Weird Al, I can't hear it without expecting a belch at the end.
 
Heh - that's the power of a good parody: it takes the place of the original in your mind.
 ladybinnath wrote:
Only the solo saves this.  Otherwise it's just a boring song I've heard too many times.
 

I disagree - the solo sounds like filler.
Actually saw this band live when they toured with the album. It was an energetic show and a lot of fun. Isn't that what music is all about?
Hummmm...

I wonder what they're talking about on jock talk radio right now. 
Only the solo saves this.  Otherwise it's just a boring song I've heard too many times.

Is it a great song? Noooooooo!

Is it a FUN song? Yesssssss!
 hayduke2 wrote:
holy shit