On this day in music history: August 25, 1979 - “My Sharona” by The Knack hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre, it is the biggest hit for the Los Angeles, CA based rock band. The song originated from a riff and drum groove inspired by The Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “Going To A Go-Go”, written by guitarist Berton Averre. It is also inspired by Doug Fieger’s girlfriend Sharona Alperin (who also appears on the 45 picture sleeve) who he has recently met and become involved with. The songs’ trademark stuttering vocals by Fieger also pays homage to The Who’s “My Generation”. Entering the Hot 100 at #86 on June 23, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. Selling nearly two million copies, the single reaches that status faster than any single since The Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The huge success of “My Sharona” also sends their debut album “Get The Knack” to number one, topping the Billboard Top 200 for five weeks. “Sharona” is also ranked the number one single of 1979 by Billboard Magazine. The song is later spoofed by Cheech Marin in “Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie” in 1980, and in part is the inspiration for Michael Jackson writing “Beat It”, after producer Quincy Jones suggests that Jackson “write a rock song like "My Sharona”. Run DMC sample the song as the basis for “It’s Tricky” in 1986, which later results in a lawsuit when the sample was used without authorization. The matter is settled out of court. The Knack’s song is revived in 1994 when it is included in the Ethan Hawke directed film “Reality Bites”. “Sharona” is reissued as single (in remixed form), charting a second time peaking at #91 on the Hot 100. The song is also used by comedian Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live in an ongoing sketch called “Janet Reno’s Dance Party”, where Ferrell plays the former US Attorney General. “My Sharona” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
You guys. Holy shit. Words will never adequately describe what it was like to watch Kenan with Sasheer Kate and Vanessa sing My Sharona to warm us all up before the show officially started. Kate (who is so small you all have no idea she’s SO SMALL) was so high energy as a backup dancer. She grabbed Vanessa and Sasheer’s hands at one point and in another she sang right into Vanessa’s face. Tons of her iconic low squats and jazz hands too. It just - she looked like she was having so much fun. 10000% in her element. And then it was over and the lights all dimmed.
And then, when I heard Live from New York…. and got to watch the opening credits on the monitors as the set was taken down and rebuilt all around me. Chills. Actual chills. I can’t say any more on it because nothing will come close enough to that moment. The emotions.
I’ve been told by @heather5280 that she heard my laugh during Louis CK’s monologue. I did totally lose it at the giraffe bit… so I believe her. Can’t wait to rewatch and check for myself. If I really am audible…. damn. That’s the coolest Fucking thing I can’t even put it poetically it’s just. I was part of it. I was THERE.
I was there with stomach cramps from laughing at Kate as Cecilia Gimenez on Weekend Update.
I was there as Louis CK tried to NOT sell us sectional couches.
And in the final sketch, when Louis broke Kate- we all rose up in a simultaneous whoop of excitement. Like getting her to lose it was a victory. And it was- it totally fucking was and I saw how our reaction made her break even more so. It was fantastic.
Completely and utterly out of this world - I was upset for a moment when I couldn’t grab her attention at the stage door and thank her for the cue card. I still wish my voice wasn’t drowned out by everyone else. But I’ll get past that because maybe it just wasn’t meant to happen that way? I’m gonna get another chance I know it (plus I WAS less than ten feet from her and did I mention she is SMALL? The cutest. Though she looked a tad overwhelmed, she was very kind to those who did manage to get her attention - lucky bastards :p. Her voice is so different when she’s just talking. Not acting or doing an interview. Less lilted and so gentle and more real. Also she said holy shit at one point and hearing her curse was pretty great).
Hope everyone enjoyed that parenthetical gay ass sidetrack lol.
Overall - I cannot believe this is really my life and I really just watched SNL live.
I’m so grateful and proud of myself for sticking it for 24 hours in the cold to get there. Fuck, you guys!