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Teenage Head/Some Kinda Fun(1983)

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Teenage Head will always hold a special spot in my Musical Library as being the first Punk band I had gotten into as a young fellow.

From Hamiton Ontario Frankie Venom(RIP) Gordon Lewis Steve Mahon and Nick Stipanitz created a 11 Song Punk Classic and called it Some Kinda Fun.

Fun is what you get! From the opening track Drivin Wild to the final song Let It Show and all points in between  you get a good slice of Canadian Punk Pie here!

My personal fave’s are the real Rock N Punk tracks like Drivin Wild. Teenage Beer Drinking Party reeks fun! Shag Shack is just straight ahead fun and that’s the thing with Teenage Head is that they opened my eyes back in the early 1980’s as there was more to music than just being enlisted in the KISS ARMY! 

These guys could play as well. They had some real decent song structure going on as well. Frankie had that unique voice that sounded well like Frankie! Dude is the Godfather Of Canadian Punk!  A real shame he is no longer with us.

Cool to see this album get certified Gold in Canada back in 2014! 31 years after its release!

Crank!

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Teenage Head/Endless Party (1984)


Yup 1984 and it was a Endless Party especially for Tbone as his parents split to Camp for the summer and left Tbone to his own devices (how about another Teenage Head tune “Teenage Beer Drinking Party” inserted below ) NUFF Said!

Hamilton Ontario’s Teenage Head as you may recall a few months ago when I blogged about   how I first came across these guys and that was due to my Cool Sunday Church Going Dad! Atta Boy Donnie…words of wisdom from yours truly can be read here about Frantic City….
https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/sonic-waves-teenage-headfrantic-city/

From there I got onboard with these guys! Some Kinda Fun came out in 1983 and into 1984 came the live release Endless Party!

This was a basic Live Rock N Roll record! Jammed live in the  bars/clubs and it’s a pretty cool piece of Canadian Punk Live as how many Canadian Punk Bands actually achieved some decent status amongest Canadians? Yeah exactly.
A1 Picture My Face 3:12
A2 Let’s Go To Hawaii 3:27
A3 Next Time In Town 3:12
A4 Lucy Potato 4:14
A5 Tornado 3:45
A6 Disgusteen 6:43
B1 Cock In My Pocket 3:26
B2 Drivin’ Wild 4:22
B3 Kissin’ The Carpet 4:31
B4 Wild One 2:32
B5 Let’s Shake 4:01
B6 Top Down

Teenage Head featuring the Usual Suspects as in Frankie Venom RIP(vocals) Nick Stipanitz (drums) Gord Lewis(guitar) Steve Mahon(bass) are joined by second guitarist Dave Rave on Endless Party.

Ready Records (long since defunct) put this out and it’s not a slick sounding album in any regards. It’s  a little rough sounding and the songs for being a live album fade in and fade out.

The performances though are rough around the edges. Check out track 7(posted right below) I ain’t typing it you all can read it! This tune  is a cover tune originally done by  James Williamson(No relation! Ha!) from Iggy And The Stooges and this song is sooo friggin catchy as Mahon punches the bass and drives the song forward as the drums and guitars crash and mash…. Frankie at the end says ” our next single!” Ha! Silly Ol Punker’s! ( Mr Books is gonna love this tune!…)

Disgusteen is a song as well as soon as you hear it you know it’s them so much so that Ladanos home boys Sven Gali did a cover of this tune on there debut album(Under The Influence,1992) and even had Frankie show up and toss down some vocals!

Let’s Go To  Hawii and Tornado  both gained some radio traction back in the day (as singles)  but  I always dug the  riff oriented stuff from these guys like Drivin Wild, Picture My Face and the already mentioned Digusteen!

For all my  friends in the U.S.A that read this blog(many a thank you!)  Teenage Head back in 1983 did get get signed to M.C.A Records in the States and as Some Kinda Fun was just released guitarist Grod Lewis I believe broke  his arm and all U.S Tour Dates and radio momentum with the single Tornado was lost and the shows were cancelled….

Endless Party was basically the Party that ended it for Teenage Head  as a few years later Frankie quit and was replaced by Dave Rave…

 

 

SONIC WAVES….Teenage Head/Frantic City

Gotta love my parents! They were every Sunday church going folk but man they never once in my years living at home ever told me to turn it down or question what I was listening to or what Rock Shirt I Was wearing! In other words they were incredible Folks!

If you have been reading Arena Rock since day 1 you know my very first blog I wrote how my parents took me to see Kiss as a 12-year-old! I mean that was back in 1979 almost 36 years ago and it’s a memory thats still with me today!

Here’s another cool story for ya!

My Dad through his job would occasionally take business trips from Tbay to Toronto and he would always bring myself,my sister and my brother something….

This trip that my dad was taking was around summer of 1982 and when he was In Toronto and knew how much I loved records he wandered into a record shop and asked the clerk what he was playing. The fella behind the counter told him it was Toronto’s next big act(that’s what he told my pop) and that was Teenage Head and they were making some noise with Frantic City especially with the single Something On My Mind….so…..

Dad gets back to Tbay and gives me the album Frantic City by Teenage Head! Hahaha….My dad is cool man…he even told the line that the clerk had told him about Teenage Head being on their way to being a big band! Not quite but they had opportunity……

Frankie Venom(vocals,RIP) Gordon Lewis(guitar)Steve Mahon(bass) and Nick Stipanitz drop down a different sound on my Sonic Senses (New Wave and Lite Punk)and well it must have worked as I bought their  next two albums!(Some Kinda Fun and Endless Party) Speaking of Endless Party ….(keep reading….)

Some Kinda Fun Indeed!

WILD ONE- Yep it’s the cover tune and here’s Teenage Head with there Punky New Wavey sound making space alongside DeKEs Iron Maiden,Kiss,Def Lepp,ACDC,Cheap Trick albums and that’s all right in my world back in 1982! Teenage Head with Frankie’s off the wall vocal delivery offer up a real different sound!

SOMETHIN ON MY MIND- this is the single peeps and because of this song they got on the single charts as well! Gordie plays some neat acoustic and the song is a mid tempo kind of tune!

TOTAL LOVE-Gord Lewis lays down a real cool riff and Total Love is a great song. No rocket science here folks but give these guys credit as they were the leaders of this sound in Canada! Perhaps others were doing this here at the time so I dunno but these guys deserve full props for being trendsetters…

LETS SHAKE- drums begin this tune and we’re off with Gord playing some snazzy clean o guitar fills!  “C’Mon  Lets Shake” yammers Frankie and this is next to Somethin On My Mind and Disgusteen the bigger of the tracks from Frantic City.

INFECTED-I posted the vid for this tune. This is a great song love how Mahon on the bass back in the day would play a walking style on the notes and not just straight ahead take it easy approach of Slacker Hacker Bass playing that i was famous for in the Current River Band Ha!….

THOSE THINGS YOU DO-some jiving piano drives this tune and then come solo time Gord loses his shit and riffs away as this is a real uptempo tune! Shit man these guys can lay it down and not in a Ratt kinda way! Ha! Solid tight musicianship from these guys which I think got totally overlooked….

SOMETHIN ELSE- 1982 and both UFO and The Heads cover this tune! Yep,it’s ok I mean it’s a freakin cover tune Nuthin fancy but there are better tracks on here!

TAKE IT-“Take it well Fake” it sez Frankie and he rolls up a good vocal here. The chorus is where this song is made and won! Gordie plays a simple riff while Nick and Steve hold the fort down with a slid backbeat!

BRAND NEW CADALLIAC- snappy new wavey gravy kinda tune! Frankie lets it loose with this tune and Yep,there’s that driving slammimg happy piano again! Also props to the cover of Frantic City with all the Teenage fellas punking  it up with a live shot on the cover! Good selling point to me as well at the time as I loved action shots!

DISGUSTEEN-Nice Day For A Party Isn’t it? Sez Frankie and I guess of all the Teeange Head tunes thru the years this would be their staple song! I couldn’t imagine not going to see them and not hearing this track! It’s got a creepy rhythm courtesy of Steve and Nick on the sticks and Gordie weaves his guitar in and out of Frankie’s vocals! This is a great track! Dig the end when Frankie comes out of his hokey vocal deal and Gordie lays down some slick guitar! Bravo! Crank the vid posted! People around if they hear this will go “WTF!” If this is their reaction Win Win sez I! Also of note in 1992 Canadian rockers Sven Gali did a cover of this tune and it was a good one at that!

IN CONCLUSION- Thanks Donnie (my dad) for taking a teenager at the time (myself) and showing him that there were other doors of rock!   Since my collection consisted of all things hard rock, Teenage Head was a welcome change! Some day I’m gonna have to track down a copy of their Endless Party live album and review it here! It has one of the all time funniest greatest rock n road songs ever! Don’t wanna say much or perhaps maybe do it as a Cool Lil Numbers segment! Regardless it was my Dad who got me my first New Wavey, kinda Punky album …..

Thanks Ol BOY!