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One of the most popular Canadian punk rock/new wave bands of the ‘80s, 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 “Somethin’ On My Mind” bumps the style up a decade to reveal the band’s adoration of sunny ‘60s California pop with nasal-inflected vocals akin to Beach Boys imitators like the Sunrays. It’s not until “Total Love” where we hear some of that distorted guitar-punk heard on Teenage Head’s self-titled 1979 debut album. “Let’s Shake” and “Those Things You Do” both flirt with the same kind of rockabilly pop that the Stray Cats made popular the 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 an audience.

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Canadian rockers - Teenage Head

It's like a restore point in my head has just been reset to 1980, Wow! I was a young Canadian Farm kid who was turning 14 and head long in to the "teens" at the same time that "Frantic City" was hitting the shelves. The fuel to help release the testosterone it was! Like audio crack to me at the time. To load this to my iphone now is like taking a trip to another dimension. My awakening came storming through my headphones with Teenage Head sounding the way along with the Clash, Sex Pistols and Pyschedelic Furs and now it's helping to keep me wide awake in traffic eh! Unique regional Canadian sound, sometimes called the Canadian Ramones. Regional Punk rock for the time might sum it up. Even sparked a riot one time at a concert in Toronto! or what we as Canadians call a riot anyway.


Formed: 1976 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Often billed as Canada's answer to the Ramones, Teenage Head were in truth just as much a new wave band as they were a punk rock outfit. They had a similar affection for pre-Beatles rock & roll, especially rockabilly, as well as a sense of trashy fun that made them a terrific party band when they were on. Their songs were unpretentious celebrations of all the classic rock & roll staples: cars, booze, girls, partying, and teenage rebellion. Notorious for inadvertently touching off one of the biggest...
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