My freshman year of high school. Everybody knew and loved the song. We bought the album because, back then, you bought whole albums to listen to one song. And it was such a catchy tune, energizing, fun!
It appropriately reached number one on the Billboard charts and remained for six weeks. It went on to be number one on Billboard's 1979 top pop singles year-end chart. Remember?
My Sharona, the debut single from The Knack.
The novel I'm currently reading makes a teeny reference to "My Sharona", and I learned something new.
The novel is "My Dark Vanessa". Heard of it? Read it? It came out last year and tells the story of an inappropriate relationship between a 15-year-old girl and her high school English teacher.
Told from the student's point of view, who is currently in her early 30's, via flashbacks and her current life, it's obviously disturbing. I want to shake some sense into her 15-year-old self as well as her early 30's self.
But then, there'd be no book...
Anyway, during one scene, she's in the car with her parents who are streaming some of their fave tunes, one of which is "My Sharona". She finds it amusing that her father is be-bopping along to the catchy song, unknowing of its origin and also unknowing of the nasty stuff going on between her and her teacher.
"My Sharona" was written by Doug Fieger, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of The Knack who, "instantly fell in love" with Sharona Alperin when he first met her. He was 26 and in a relationship, she was 17 and had a boyfriend. He apparently cranked out the song in about 15 minutes. And yes, that's the real-life - braless and chilly? - Sharona in the iconic image of her holding the album.
The novel points out the lyrics:
Never gonna stop, give it up.
Such a dirty mind.
Always get it up for the touch
Of the younger kind...
Okay, so 9 years age difference doesn't seem so bad if it's say, 56 and 47, or even 36 and 27. But 26 and 17? Hmmm. And actually, Doug Fierger and Sharona Alperin went on to be a couple for about 4 years and were engaged for a time before splitting up. (I learned this stuff when I dug deeper after the book reference).
I guess I never paid close attention to those lyrics, or at least those coupla lines. I heard that Fieger later stated in an interview that he wrote My Sharona from the point of view of a 14-year-old boy, but seems he was trying to cover his butt, given that reference to "...the younger kind".
Not gonna lie, though. I still like the song.
Linking up this week with Mama Kat for the prompt:
1. Write about something new you learned recently.