Raised on a heavy dosage of good ol’ American rock and roll – of both the 1950s (Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry) and 1970s varieties (The MC5, The Stooges, The Velvets) – these 4 youngsters from working class Hamilton, in Southern Ontario, set their town, and soon after all of Canada, ablaze in the late 1970s with their raucous live act. Drawing their name from The Flamin’ Groovies classic 1971 LP, Teenage Head formed in 1975 when all the members were classmates together at Westdale High School. After a few years of honing their chops and legendary live show, this LP, their debut album was released in 1979. A ripping mix of punk attitude and 50s rock riffs, Teenage Head are not interested in politics or philosophy: this is just young, loud, and dumb punk rock – the way it should be. Though their next album would make them stars across Canada with two hit singles, this album is their finest and most urgent recording.
(Barnyard Records/Unofficial Release)