The summer of The Knack continues with this third reissue in as many months of one of the power/pop outfit’s late-career albums. “Live From the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun House” was the soundtrack to a 2002 DVD of the same name and featured the band performing in an imaginary 1960s television show. It ultimately proved to be the final album by The Knack released prior to the 2010 death of lead singer Doug Fieger.
Fieger, Berton Averre and Prescott Niles were joined on “Fun House” by new drummer David Henderson and the record essentially is a live greatest hits package featuring material from their previous five albums.
“(The album and DVD) was our attempt to provide old and new fans, who hadn’t had a chance to hear or see us live, an opportunity to do so from the comforts of their living room couch,” Averre explains. “I’d imagine that anyone who hears it won’t have to be told that a constant feature of Knack live gigs was that we certainly enjoyed ourselves.”
The Knack sound great on the 17-track, 67-minute platter and deliver first-rate renditions of “Pop Is Dead,’ “Can I Borrow a Kiss,” “Another Lonely Day in Paradise,” “Good Girls Don’t,” “Sweet Dreams,” “She’s So Selfish” and signature tune “My Sharona.” Less effective is the album closing mash-up of “Tequila” and The Doors’ “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” but this reissue should please longtime Knack fans. (Jeffrey Sisk)