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The Plimsouls - 100% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of a group of bands from Los Angeles, California, USA, playing power pop in the mid-80s, the Plimsouls comprised Peter Case (5 April 1954, USA; vocals/guitar, ex-Nerves), plus Lou Ramirez (drums), Dave Pahoa (bass) and Eddie Munoz (lead guitar). Formed in 1979, they originally worked as Tone Dogs before changing names and earning a strong local live reputation. This culm Read more

Cheap Trick - 93% match to The Knack

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of rock’s most entertaining attractions, Cheap Trick formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1973. Rick Nielsen (22 December 1946, Rockford, Illinois, USA; guitar/vocals) and Tom Petersson (b. Tom Peterson, 9 May 1950, Rockford, Illinois, USA; bass/vocals) began their careers in various high school bands, before securing a recording contract as members of Fuse. This sh Read more

The Smithereens - 91% match to The Knack

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Influenced by the 60s pop of the Beatles, Beach Boys and the Byrds, the Smithereens formed in New Jersey, USA, in 1980. Members Jim Babjak (guitar) and Dennis Diken (drums) had played together since 1971; Mike Mesaros (bass) was recruited in 1976, and finally Pat DiNizio (vocals). After recording two EPs, they backed songwriter Otis Blackwell (‘Great Balls Of Fire’) o Read more

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Marshall Crenshaw - 76% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 November 1953, Detroit, Michigan, USA. After portraying John Lennon in the stage show Beatlemania, Crenshaw forged a solo career as a solid and dependable performer of the classic urban American pop song. His rock ‘n’ roll songs are sprinkled with lyrics discoursing on the perennial problems of the lovelorn and the trials of being in love.

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The Romantics - 71% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US band’s career falls into two distinct halves; the Knack -like pop of the 70s dressed in tight red leather pants, and the near stadium rock-like success of the early 80s. The Romantics started out as four factory workers from Detroit, Michigan; Wally Palmar (vocals/guitar), Mike Skill (guitar/vocals), Rich Cole (bass/vocals) and Jimmy Marinos (drums/vocals). They or Read more

The Cars - 67% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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In a recording career that started in 1977 the Cars’ output was a meagre six albums. Each one, however, sold over a million copies and reached high chart positions in the USA. Formerly known as Cap’n Swing, the stable line-up comprised Ric Ocasek (Richard Otcasek, 23 March 1949, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; guitar/vocals), Benjamin Orr (b. Benjamin Orzechowski, 8 Sept Read more

The Vapors - 62% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This power pop quartet, based in Guildford, Surrey, England, came together officially in April 1979, although an earlier incarnation had existed a year earlier. The common thread was Dave Fenton, a graduate who dabbled in the legal profession before turning to music. His first band, the Little Jimmies, was formed while he studied at Nottingham University. To his rhythm guitar a Read more

The Raspberries - 60% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1970, this popular US band evolved from several aspiring Ohio, USA-based bands. The original line-up included two former members of Cyrus Erie, Eric Carmen (11 August 1949, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; vocals/guitar/keyboards) and Marty Murphy (guitar), as well as ex-Choir drummer Jim Bonfanti (b. 17 December 1948, Windber, Pennsylvania, USA). Murphy was quickly replaced Read more

Rockpile - 58% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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The name Rockpile was derived from a 1972 album by founding vocalist/guitarist Dave Edmunds. In 1979 he suspended his solo career by officially joining forces with three musicians who had featured on several albums issued under his own name. ex-Brinsley Schwarz frontman, Nick Lowe, bass player Billy Bremner (ex-Lulu And The Luvvers) and drummer Terry Williams (ex-Love Sculpture Read more

Dave Edmunds - 51% match to The Knack

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 April 1944, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales. The multi-talented Edmunds has sustained a career for many years by being totally in touch with modern trends while maintaining a passionate love for music of the 50s and 60s, notably rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and country music. He first came to the public eye as lead guitarist of Love Sculpture with an astonishing so Read more

Loverboy - 51% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Canadian hard rock outfit formed in 1978 by Mike Reno (Joseph Michael Rynoski, 8 January 1955, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; vocals), Paul Dean (b. 19 February 1946, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; guitar), Doug Johnston (b. 19 December 1957, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; keyboards), Scott Smith (b. Donald Scott Smith, 13 February 1955, d. November 2 Read more

The Go-Go's - 50% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This all-female band, originally called the Misfits, was formed in California, USA, in 1978 by Belinda Carlisle (17 August 1958, Hollywood, California, USA; lead vocals) and Jane Wiedlin (b. 20 May 1958, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, USA; rhythm guitar/vocals). They were joined by Charlotte Caffey (b. 21 October 1953, Santa Monica, California, USA; lead guitar/keyboards), Elissa Be Read more

Squeeze - 48% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Deptford, London, England in 1974, Squeeze came to prominence in the late 70s as one of the most talented of the new wave of post-punk bands. After playing for a brief period as Captain Trundlow’s Sky Company, original members Chris Difford (Christopher Henry Difford, 4 November 1954, Greenwich, London, England; guitar/vocals), Glenn Tilbrook (b. 31 August 195 Read more

The J. Geils Band - 48% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Rick Springfield - 47% match to The Knack

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Lewis Springthorpe, 23 August 1949, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The son of an army officer, Springfield’s musical interests developed while living in England in the early 60s; on his return to Australia he played guitar and piano in the house band of a Melbourne club. At the end of the 60s, Springfield played with the Jordy Boys, Rock House and the MPD B Read more


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