‘My Sharona’ and New Wave Band The Knack.
Above Photo: The Knack playing live – Dougie Fieger (guitar) and drummer Bruce Gary in 1979.
Surprisingly, even in Thailand I come across Punk references and hear Punk and New Wave music on a weekly basis, usually in a variety of weird and wonderful places.
For instance I frequently see Thais and Western tourists in Punk-related clothes; especially t shirts. Obviously most (all?) of these people aren’t real punks (they’re too young), but they are still attracted to a social or musical statement these logo’d clothes make for them.
I like the fact that Punk music and the movement still influence fashions and music tastes many years later.
To give you an example of strange places where I hear Punk and New Wave songs, today I was surprised to hear a track by a band I’d seen in Eric’s Club, Liverpool on the 24th of May 1979.
That band was called The Knack, an LA New Wave band famous for their worldwide 1979 hit, My Sharona, which they played that night in Eric’s and which was playing on the sound system of a tourist site in Thailand thirty eight years later. And that was just before I bumped into the guy above, who was wearing a “Punk’s Not Dead” T Shirt, which seemed very appropriate right then.
It’s easy to be a bit snooty about The Knack nowadays, but back then they were another breath of musical fresh air compared to the overproduced disco, Prog Rock and pop anthems hogging the charts.
They were also a great live band, playing with real power when I saw them, which gig-going period is well-covered in my Punk and New Wave band memoir, Bombed Out! which chronicles the music scene and much else in 1970s-1980s Liverpool and the UK back then.
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The below is a You Tube link to the Knack’s most famous song, My Sharona: