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Teenage Head - Frantic City

Format: LP
Label: Attic LAT-1081
Year: 1980
Origin: Hamilton, Ontario
Genre: rock, rockabilly
Value of Original Title: $50.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  https://music.apple.com/ca/album/frantic-city/292677687
Playlist: Ontario, Rockabilly & Early Cdn R&R, 1980's


Side 1

Track Name
Wild One
Somethin' On My Mind
Total Love
Let's Shake

Side 2

Track Name
Those Things You Do
Somethin' Else
Take It
Brand New Cadillac


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One of the most popular Canadian punk rock/new wave bands of the '80's, Hamilton Ontario's Teenage Head released their sophomore long-player Frantic City in 1980, opening with a cover of the 1958 Johnny O'Keefe tune 'Wild One' - this version would go on to influence Iggy Pop's 1986 cover of the same tune.

The following 'Something On My Mind' bumps the style up a decade to reveal the band's adoration of sunny '60's California pop with nasal-inflected vocals akin to Beach Boys initiators like the Sunrays, It's not until 'Total Love' where we hear some of that distorted guitar-punk hear on Teenage Head's first self-titled 1979 debut album, 'Let's Shake; and 'Those Things You Do' both flirt with the same kind of rockabilly pop the the Stray Cats made popular next year - they even do a solid cover of Eddie Cochran's 'Somethin' Else' and Vince Taylor's 'Brand New Cadillac'. Conversely, the punchy 'Infected' plays like a Canadian version of the Ramones, while a live cut of 'Disgusteen' shows the band's prowess while playing in front of n audience.

Frankie Venom: vocals
Gordon Lewis: guitar
Grant Slater: piano
Steve Mahon: bass
Rick Morrison: saxophone
Walter Zwol: synthesizer
Nick Stipanitz: drums, backing vocals
The Shakers: backing vocals

Produced by Stacy Heydon
Engineered by Greg Roberts
Recorded and mixed at Kensington Sound

Photography by Philip Kamin


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