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I first wrote about the Knack in this space five years ago, with their classic 45 ‘Time Waits For No One’.
They were – to refresh your memory – a SoCal group that laid down four 45s for Capitol between 1966 and 1968, and then had their memory all but steamrolled by the success of the 1970s/1980s Knack (a completely different group) and ‘My Sharona’.
This Knack wrote and recorded some excellent, UK-influenced pop/rock in their relatively brief time together, with lots and lots of hooks, complicated guitar interplay and group harmonies.
‘Banana Man’ was the b-side of their second to last 45 in 1967.
It has a much more “West Coast’ sound (produced by Lex De Azevedo who also produced the Four King Cousins) than their previous 45s, sounding locked in to the Sunset Strip folk rock/goodtime pop vibe.
Oddly enough, as good as the Knack’s 45s are – and they are (good) – I don’t see them as potential hits. They are all well written, well played and filled with interesting ideas, buyt ultimately they seem just a bit too interesting for the charts.
It’s a little painful to suggest that a band might be too interesting for the charts, but in this case (and many, many others during that densely packed 1965-1968 period) it was likely true.
Thanks to aggressive promotion by Capitol the group had a couple of pockets of regional success – with ‘I’m Aware’ and the other side of this 45 ‘Pretty Daisy’ – but never broke through on a larger scale.
That said, all of the Knack’s 45s have been collected and reissued (with bonus tracks) by Now Sound, and the collection is highly recommended.
I hope you dig the track and I’ll see you all next week.