In addition to being subject to multiple straight covers, The Knack’s biggest hit “My Sharona” has been spoofed many, many times since it’s release in 1979. The catchy, simple riff and the easy rhyme scheme makes it perfect for parody — so here are five notable spoofs, for better or for worse.
Weird Al Yankovic “My Bologna”
Here it is, the tune that “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded in a bathroom during his senior year of college that put him on the map: “My Bologna,” which was played repeatedly on the Dr. Demento radio show.
Dead Kennedys “Pull My Strings”
This live track was performed only once by the Dead Kennedys in 1980 for the Bay Area Music Awards. The spoof of “My Sharona” — which begins at 1:42 and features the lines “my payola” — was aimed at the music executives in the crowd of the awards show. The song was released on the 1987 compilation album Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death via Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles Records.
Steve Dahl “Ayatollah”
Performing a nationalistic satirical song in an attempt to be funny certainly is an odd response to a hostage crisis. I mean, it would be in any other country besides the United States.
Cheech Marin “My Scrotum”
The stoned 1970s version of Beavis sang this rendition repeatedly in the film Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie.
John Mammoser “9 Coronas”
Voice-over artist and comedian John Mammoser recorded “9 Coronas” in the mid-1980s, and like Weird Al, his version of “My Sharona” was brought to the masses by Dr. Demento.