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Serious Fun [Bonus Tracks]
     

Serious Fun [Bonus Tracks]

by The Knack
 
Only half of this album title is factually correct, and it's a good thing: a "serious" Knack would be a big mistake. As for the "fun" part, that's right on the money; Serious Fun is an utterly unpretentious slab of power pop that has the emotional depth and artistic merit of a Little Lulu comic book. (One caveat: hearing Doug Fieger's vocals is one thing, but

Overview

Only half of this album title is factually correct, and it's a good thing: a "serious" Knack would be a big mistake. As for the "fun" part, that's right on the money; Serious Fun is an utterly unpretentious slab of power pop that has the emotional depth and artistic merit of a Little Lulu comic book. (One caveat: hearing Doug Fieger's vocals is one thing, but reading the lyrics in the CD booklet and seeing how ridiculously trite they are out of context is another; some bands should never ever print their lyrics.) Musically, the songs are neat little packages of appropriately crunchy guitar hooks and harmonies, with all the Beatlesque elements that make the knack so beloved by their fans and hated by their detractors. The production, by Fieger's old high-school buddy Don Was, is terrific, adding some sorely needed oomph to Prescott Niles' bass and Billy Ward's drums and giving the whole thing a more vibrant presence than any of the Knack's first three albums had managed. The one problem, and it's a biggie, is that over half of these 12 songs break the four-minute mark, when they could easily be shortened by a minute or more, and would gain a lot in the process. As a result of the occasionally tiresome vamping, Serious Fun doesn't manage to be quite as much fun as it could be.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724353811129
catalogNumber:
38111

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Knack   Primary Artist
Berton Averre   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Doug Fieger   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Prescott Niles   Bass,Bass Guitar
Pat Torpey   Drums
Billy Ward   Drums
Todd Brody   Pan Pipes
Frank Zinn   Foot Stomping

Technical Credits

Berton Averre   Liner Notes
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Doug Fieger   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Memorabilia
Mike Fink   Cover Design
Mike Fraser   Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Executive Producer,Memorabilia
Don Was   Producer
Richard Bosworth   Producer,Engineer
Tom Cartwright   Executive Producer
Lou Beach   Concept
Steve Samiof   Art Direction
Darren Wong   Art Direction,Reissue Design
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Lee Lodyga   Reissue Producer,Memorabilia
Jennifer Barbee   Producer
Audrey Bilger   Producer
Maria Cubas   Producer
Tom Cusimano   Guitar Techician
Craig Ohler   Guitar Techician
Denny Saunders   Drum Technician
Barrie Smithers   Producer
Shannon Ward   Producer
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes

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