Rock & Roll Is Good for You: The Fieger/Averre Demos

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Rock & Roll Is Good for You: The Fieger/Averre Demos
Studio album by The Knack
Released September 11, 2012
Genre Power pop
Label Omnivore Recordings
Producer Lee Lodyga
The Knack chronology
Havin’ a Rave-Up! Live In Los Angeles, 1978
(2012)
Rock & Roll Is Good for You
(2012)

Rock & Roll Is Good for You: The Fieger/Averre Demos is an album by The Knack which was released on September 11, 2012.[1] It includes demo recordings made by Doug Fieger and Berton Averre made between 1973 and 1975.[2] Most of the songs are performed by just Fieger and Averre, both singing and playing guitar, but some songs include the full band.[2] Two of the songs, "Good Girls Don't" and "That's What the Little Girls Do," were released in more polished form on the Knack's debut album, Get the Knack.[1] Other songs whose demos appear on Rock & Roll Is Good for You later provided elements for other Knack songs.[1][2][3] For example, "Corporation Shuffle (Daddy Turns the Volume Down)," described by Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "a nifty bit of fuzzy, snarky rock & roll in the vein of the Move," provided the basis for "Terry & Julie Step Out," a song from the 1998 album Zoom.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine praises the "pop craftsmanship" shown by Fieger and Averre on the album.[2] He also notes that "the best moments are the noisiest" but that the quieter moments are fine too.[2] He also states that the songs on the album demonstrate that the Knack had the ability to be "more than a one-hit wonder."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Have a Heart" - 2:14
  2. "Corporation Shuffle (Daddy Turns the Volume Down)" - 3:11
  3. "Good Girls Don't" - 3:14
  4. "Little Lies" - 2:26
  5. "Flower My Fate" - 3:54
  6. "Weiss On Rye (Hold the Mavo)" - 3:21
  7. "You'll Never Know" - 2:33
  8. "That's What the Little Girls Do - 2:48
  9. "Get On the Plane" - 2:14
  10. "(Here On This) Lonely Night" - 2:33
  11. "Lazer Days" - 4:12
  12. "The Other Side (Of the Line)" - 3:22
  13. "Who'll Set You Down" - 2:45
  14. "Mama I Feel Your Sadness" - 2:39
  15. "What Ya Gonna Do Now?" - 2:18
  16. "Rock & Roll Is Good for You" - 3:31

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Wyckoff, M. (August 28, 2012). "Get The Knack — long before they were The Knack". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Erlewine, S.T.. "Rock & Roll Is Good for You: The Fieger/Averre Demos". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Fieger/Averre Demos to be Released". The Official Website of Doug Fieger. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review