Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in May 1978 by Doug Fieger (Douglas Fieger, 20 August 1952, Detroit, Michigan, USA; vocals/guitar), Prescott Niles (bass), Berton Averre (guitar) and Bruce Gary (b. 7 April 1951, Burbank, California, USA, d. 22 August 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA; drums). Taking their name from a cult British movie of the 60s, they attempted to revive the spirit of the beat-boom with matching suits, and short songs boasting solid, easily memorable riffs. After garnering considerable media attention for their club appearances on the Californian coastline in early 1979, they became the fortuitous objects of a record company bidding war, which ended in their signing to Capitol Records. The fact that this was the Beatles US label was no coincidence, for the Knack consistently employed imagery borrowed from the Fab Four, both in their visual appearance and record sleeves. Their prospects were improved by the recruitment of...
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