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Get the Knack is the debut album by The Knack, released in June 1979. The album went platinum (one million units sold) in just two months and spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The lead single from the album, "My Sharona", was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks and #1 on Billboard's Top Pop Singles of 1979 year end chart. The LP also featured the second single "Good Girls Don't" which peaked at #11 on The Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other cuts that received significant airplay on AOR radio were: "(She's So) Selfish" and "Frustrated".

The album was recorded in two weeks at a cost of just $18,000 and became an instant success, thanks in part to an intense promotional campaign by Capitol Recordsmarker. The Knack's image was largely influenced by The Beatles. The album cover imitates The Beatles' first Capitol LP Meet the Beatles! and the back cover photo depicts a scene very close to a shot from The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night. To complete the Beatle imagery, the 1960s Capitol rainbow label adorned the LP. To many critics, The Knack's image seemed too contrived and soon there was a backlash against their overnight success. A San Francisco artist, Hugh Brown, even started a "Knuke the Knack" campaign complete with t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers.

Track listing

Side 1

  1. "Let Me Out" (Doug Fieger, Berton Averre) – 2:20
  2. "Your Number or Your Name" (Fieger, Averre) – 2:57
  3. "Oh Tara" (Fieger) – 3:04
  4. "(She's So) Selfish" (Fieger, Averre) – 4:30
  5. "Maybe Tonight" (Fieger) – 4:00
  6. "Good Girls Don't" (Fieger) – 3:07

Side 2

  1. "My Sharona" (Fieger, Averre) – 4:52
  2. "Heartbeat" (Bob Montgomery, Norman Petty) – 2:11
  3. "Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)" (Fieger, Averre) – 3:25
  4. "Lucinda" (Fieger, Averre) – 4:00
  5. "That's What the Little Girls Do" (Fieger) – 2:41
  6. "Frustrated" (Fieger, Averre) – 3:51


Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard 200 1
1979 Kent Music Report (Australia) 1
1979 UK Album Chart 65

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