R.I.P. Doug Fieger, lead singer of the Knack

Doug Fieger, lead singer of rock group the Knack, died at 57 after a battle with cancer, his brother Geoffrey confirmed today. “I’ve had 10 great lives,” Fieger told the Detroit News in a January interview. “And I expect to have some more. I don’t feel cheated in any way, shape or form.” Get the Knack, the album that featured “My Sharona,” spent six weeks at No. 1 in 1979. (EW recently talked to the real Sharona, who inspired the song, about Fieger’s passing.) The hit single was perhaps best immortalized (or at least revitalized) via a hilarious impromptu gas station dance party in 1994’s Reality Bites. “Can you turn this up please? Please? You won’t be sorry.”

Purists may prefer Fieger and the Knack’s own performances of “My Sharona” and “Good Girls Don’t,” embedded after the jump.

“Good Girls Don’t,” which charted at No. 11, was considered raunchy in 1979. A “clean” edit changed the lyric “‘Til she’s sitting on your face” to “When she puts you in your place.”

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  • Lisa Simpson

    M-m-m-m-my-my-my-whooo! One of the classic ‘stuck in your head’ songs. RIP.

    • Preston

      That song was packed with hooks with the my-my-my-my-my whooo! It’s still stuck in my head more than 30 years later!

  • NYTeach

    R.I.P. Doug Fieger. I love the Knack! I remember sitting outside on the ‘stoop’ by my house and playing “Get the Knack” and “The Cars” cassettes over and over all summer. The Knack’s music was big on the Boardwalk during my first big summer romance, too. Good times!

  • Bob Roden

    Great hooks, great summer.RIP

  • CatHerder

    my god…31 years ago i was so hooked on My sharona lol…so sorry for his passing..rip doug..you WILL be missed

  • Kim

    Summer of 79 I was working in a t-shirt letters factory in Reno, Nevada for a few months. We had the radio blasting all day. “My Sharona” was the top song!

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  • Jerry

    I remember meeting Doug and Sharona at my friends moms house, my friends mom worked with Sharona’s mother. RIP

  • MsSuniDaze

    ‘My Sharona’ is such a awesome song. Always reminds me of summer and hanging out with friends. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this song and automatically turns it up and sings. RIP -you will be missed.

  • Harold

    R.I.P. You will be missed

  • Dvorak

    They continued to make some good music even after the first album. I would recommend to anybody who loves pop to listen to Round Trip. A fine album, even if it was largely ignored way back when.

  • Rowan

    R.I.P. Doug – My Sharona and Good Girls don’t just make memories of junior high flood back!

  • fenderman

    The Knack left behind a lot more than “My Sharona” and “Good Girls Don’t.” Songs such as “Your Number or Your Name,” “Rave Up,” “Can I Borrow a Kiss” were all power-pop confections. They were also a dynamite cover band. The Knack and Doug Feiger will be missed.

    • Preston

      They made some solid records, more than just that hit. I also liked Good Girls Don’t and other songs. But My Sharona has the most commercial kind of sound that the radio stations liked. They weren’t as driven to the others like that stand out.

  • PJM

    One of the Top 10 songs of all time. RIP Doug. Awesome group.

  • RJA


    • Preston

      I liked disco that year in 1979 but I don’t think that Knack song killed it–it blended very well to the disco songs before and after it in music lineups. I like all kinds of music and the Knack made a remarkable rock song that just stood out like a thumb in 1979!

  • max

    Yup, I bought the album back in ’79. I laughed at them even 3 months after that song was a hit. BUT…
    If you step back and watch these guys play and sing it, there is no denying it — it is a brilliantly constructed formula rock song, and the guitar solo! WOW! That is the real gem of the whole song.

  • poughkeepsiejohn

    The summer of 1979 was a fantastic one. Elvis Costello. Joe Jackson. Devo. Talking Heads. Nick Lowe. Dave Edmunds. And of course, The Knack. “My Sharona” was the song that killed disco.

    • SusanS

      all of my favorite music from that summer…thanks for the memories.

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