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The Knack: Get The Knack (1979)

One of those albums that was just a monster for me at the time -- I was in 7th grade when it came out in the spring of '79, just shy of my 13th birthday, and this album hit the sweet spot for pre-adolescent boys -- though it's one I take for granted these days, rarely taking it out for a spin but always entertained when I do.

That is, as long as you can get past the lyrics, which are painfully misogynistic in spots.  It's like watching Sixteen Candles these days, trying to enjoy the nostalgia but left feeling kinda icky.  But where they stick to the more innocent (or at worst charmingly sophomoric) side rather than crossing the line, the songs endure as terrific blasts of power pop.

It's obviously best remembered for birthing "My Sharona," the song whose bassline anyone who grew up in the 70s can still spot today within about 1 second; and what can I say, it's "My Sharona."  Ok, it goes on way too long, but that aside, it's a high-watermark of…

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