Omnivore Recordings will release a new collection of rare and unreleased recordings from Los Angeles power-pop band The Knack on Sept. 11.
Featuring previously-unseen photos and sourced from the original 1/4” tapes, "Rock & Roll Is Good For You: The Fieger/Averre Demos," will be available as a 16-track CD and digital album, as well as a 14-track vinyl LP (the LP will include a download card for the full 16-track CD/digital program).
The initial LP run will be issued in a limited-edition run of 1000 pressed on clear vinyl, with future pressings to be made available on black vinyl. In addition, Omnivore Recordings will offer an exclusive LP/7" single vinyl bundle available in a run of 500 copies at their web store. The 7" features two unreleased tracks only found on this single (“Midnight Misogynist” [recorded 1975] c/w “Lucy Ride” [recorded 1973]). This limited-edition vinyl bundle is available for pre-order at the label's site below.
Fresh off the release of Record Store Day’s sold out 10” EP titled "Live In Los Angeles, 1978" and full-length album "Havin’ A Rave-Up! Live In Los Angeles, 1978," Omnivore Recordings and Zen Records go back even farther in time to tell the story of The Knack.
Consisting of demo recordings made in 1973 and 1975, "Rock & Roll Is Good For You: The Fieger/Averre Demos" takes listeners to the genesis of Doug Fieger and Berton Averre’s songwriting and recording partnership – one that lasted nearly four decades until Fieger’s tragic passing in 2010.
These 16 tracks are all previously unissued and feature versions of songs known (“Good Girls Don’t” and “That’s What The Little Girls Do,” eventually recorded and released on "Get The Knack") and unknown. There are even songs Knack fans will recognize in different versions, reworked or rewritten for later projects. A riff here, a hook there – it’s a scavenger hunt for some and a blissful pop experience for others.
The Knack "Rock & Roll Is Good For You: The Fieger/Averre Demos" is a fascinating look at how Doug’s partnership with Berton helped steer a course from a more progressive 70’s sound to the power-pop The Knack used to break disco’s hold on the airwaves with 1979’s “My Sharona.”