Covering Your Tracks – 20

I received a couple of emails wondering where the CYT was last week. I was stuck in bed sick all of Friday and most of Saturday, and then, being old, forgot. So, sorry. :)

This week’s cover is one of those tracks that one knows immediately when one hears it. Originally recorded in 1979 by The Knack, “My Sharona” is pretty straightforward rock -n- roll. It is also based on a real person;

When [Singer, Doug] Fieger, who was 25, met Sharona Alperin, who was 17 at the time, she inspired a two-month-long run of songwriting, as well as becoming Fieger’s girlfriend for the next four years. “It was like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat; I fell in love with her instantly. And when that happened, it sparked something and I started writing a lot of songs feverishly in a short amount of time.” Whenever Fieger thought about Alperin, he would think of Berton Averre’s guitar riff, and the two worked out the structure and melody from there.

The track has been covered, a lot, by a variety of bands including Nirvana, Destruction, Pink Cream 69 and Chinese artist Alan Tam. The version below was done by the Italian band Eldritch for their 2001 release Reverse. It is quite a bit heavier than the original, but stays true to the structure, and makes for an enjoyable listen.

[ My Sharona | 03:09 | 4.4mb | mp3 ]

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