The Knack Similar Artists

Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - 68% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Cheap Trick - 62% 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

Krokus - 62% match to The Knack

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Solothurn, Switzerland, Krokus appeared in 1974 playing symphonic rock similar to Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake And Palmer. After four years and two rather lacklustre albums, they switched to a hard rock style and dropped the frills in favour of a back-to-basics approach in the mode of AC/DC. The most stable early line-up of the band featured Chris Von Rohr (vocals), Read more

Lynch Mob - 60% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Following Dokken’s acrimonious split in 1988, guitarist George Lynch and drummer Mick Brown recruited bass player Anthony Esposito and tempted vocalist Oni Logan away from the embryonic Cold Sweat to complete Lynch MoWicked Sensation was a decent hard rock debut, carried by Lynch’s considerable ability, but youthful vocalist Logan’s inexperience began to show Read more

The Romantics - 58% 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

Backyard Babies - 48% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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These Swedish sleaze rockers finally began to reap international success in the late 90s. The band, formed by four high school friends, came together in Nässjö, Sweden in 1987. Nicke Borg, Dregen (guitar), Peder Carlsson (drums) and Johan Blomquist (bass) were briefly joined by singer Tobbe, before Borg was switched from bass to handle vocals. The band recorded severa Read more

The Dictators - 47% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1973 in New York City, USA, the Dictators predated by two years the punk rock of bands such as the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, yet they exhibited many of that genre’s hallmarks from their inception. Purveying loud, three-chord rock without long solos, and drawing their lyrical inspiration and visual images from such disparate facets of popular culture as fast fo Read more

Ram Jam - 46% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the mid-70s, Ram Jam was an east coast US group best known for its one Top 20 single, ‘Black Betty’, in 1977. That song was the focus of a boycott by several groups who considered it offensive to black women, even though it had originally been written by Huddie ‘ Lead Belly’ Ledbetter, the legendary black folk and blues singer. The group consisted Read more

Bobaflex - 45% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Smithereens - 45% 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

The Cars - 43% 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

Ray Parker Jr. - 41% match to The Knack

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 May 1954, Detroit, Michigan, USA. This accomplished musician gained his reputation during the late 60s as a member of the house band at the 20 Grand Club. This Detroit nightspot often featured Motown Records acts, one of which, the (Detroit) Spinners, was so impressed with the young guitarist’s skills that they added him to their touring group. Parker was also employe Read more

The Vapors - 39% 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 J. Geils Band - 38% match to The Knack

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Marshall Crenshaw - 37% 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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