Tuesday, April 20, 2021

BUT THE LITTLE GIRLS UNDERSTAND (1980): A Back Door Man and Littles Girls

Sharona Alperin on ...But the Little Girls Understand (1980)

...But the Little Girls Understand (1980) was Knack's second album. The album's title was inspired by Willie Dixon's blues song "Back Door Man" - particularly the lyrics: "I'm a back door man. The men don't know, but the little girls understand."

Per Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' (via Wikipedia): "the phrase "back-door man" refers to a man having an affair with a married woman, using the back door as an exit before the husband comes home".

It's very safe to assume that Willie Dixon and the Knack were explicitly and implicitly referring to "little girls" and not married women. Why? For one, Sharona Alperin is on the cover of ...But the Little Girls Understand. Who is Sharona Alperin, you may ask? Sharona Alperin was the teen girlfriend of Doug Fieger - the Knack's lead singer. 

 Doug Fieger and Sharona Alperin

Alperin shared with with National Public Radio"I was about 16 or 17 at the time," Alperin told host Guy Raz. "He was nine years older than me (25 or 26). And within a month or two later, he told me that, 'I'm in love with you, you're my soulmate, you're my other half, we're going to be together one day.' 

Sharona Alperin

In addition, (a braless teen) Sharona Alperin was the cover art for "My Sharona" (1979) - the Knack's international number-one hit single. 

And if Dixon were referring to married women, why didn't he sing: "I'm a back door man. The men don't know, but the women understand"?

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