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- Posted on Feb 14th 2010 4:16PM by Steve Baltin
Fieger had spoken up in recent months about his own mortality. In a January interview with the Detroit News, the singer, a Detroit native, said, "Everybody knows they're going sooner or later. I don't know any better than anyone else when I'm going." He added, "I've had 10 great lives. And I expect to have some more. I don't feel cheated in any way, shape or form."
His brother Geoffrey, a Detroit-based attorney, wrote in a touching post on his blog in December that Fieger's cancer "will likely end his life."
Certainly one of Fieger's "10 great lives" came during the height of the Knack's fame in the late '70s and early '80s. The band seemingly appeared out of nowhere, scoring a smash hit with 1979's 'My Sharona,' which blended power pop and a New Wave sensibility into an ubiquitous radio hit that became one of the defining pop songs of the era.
'Get the Knack,' the debut album that spawned the hit, was equally successful, spending six weeks atop the Billboard charts and positioning the L.A.-based quartet as rock stars. To understand how big the Knack was in 1979, one only has to look at the company they kept, which included Tom Petty, Stephen Stills and Bruce Springsteen, who jammed with the group at several shows at the Troubadour.
The Knack followed their early success with 1980's '...But the Little Girls Understand,' which went gold and hit number 15 on the charts. The band also had a modest hit with 'Baby Talks Dirty.'
But the Knack's star soon began to fade. Their third album, 1981's 'Round Trip,' barely made the charts. The band was reported to have broken up soon afterward, but in an interview with Classicbands.com, Fieger explained the band had merely taken a four-year break because Fieger no longer wanted to play with drummer Bruce Gary.
The band reunited for a tour in 1986 and went on to release three more albums over the years, the last being 1998's 'Proof.' Fieger released a solo album, ''First Things First,' in 2000.
A statement on the Knack's offical site reads simply: "Our hearts are broken, we will miss you, Doug."
Other tributes have already started appearing in the media. 'Weird' Al Yankovic, who scored a hit with his 'My Sharona' parody 'My Bologna,' tweeted: "RIP my dear friend Doug Fieger (lead singer of the Knack, and the first artist ever to approve one of my parodies)."
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