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Teenage Head is a Canadian rock group from Hamilton, Ontario and was one of the most popular Canadian new wave/punk rock bands during the early 1980s. They were sometimes referred to as the “Canadian Ramones”, despite the fact that their sound was closer to rockabilly than to some of the Ramones’ 60s pop influences. Nevertheless, they shared with the Ramones a love of goofy lyrics and a ferocious live show. Although the band is still recording and touring as a unit, they have never succeeded in recapturing their early audience.

Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, the group consisted of Frankie Venom (real name Frank Kerr), Gord Lewis, Steve Mahon (though he later changed his last name to Marshall) and Nick Stipanitz, and took their name from an album and song by The Flamin’ Groovies.

Teenage Head came together in the early 70’s when four young guys from Westdale High School in Hamilton, Ontario decided to form a band. Gord Lewis, founder and leader, Frank Kerr, Steve Mahon, and Nick Stipanitz weren’t buddies, but each had a strong interest in the same type of music. By May 1978, they released their first single “Picture My Face” on Epic Records, and quickly became part of the scene exploding in Toronto. The legendary self-titled debut album followed a year later, turning the heads of many because it perfectly captured the spirit of the era. What’s more, it showcased the band’s talent as writers, with the ability to craft songs that would continue to stand the test of time, even by today’s standards.

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  • Witchpenis

    Hell ye, listenin' to the debut album on my stereo while the snow falls outside! So Canadian!

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    I only have the album they did with Marky. I need to get the rest of their albums!

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • grustnyi_putnik

    They are playing in Class of 1984 movie

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Tabbyface

    Dad, you rock hard.

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
  • seanbonner1

    Can't find Frantic City anywhere. Anybody care to send it to me?

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    ahh fuck...was 14 when I bought their 1st Lp(self-titled)

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • DeliciousVomit

    what a great scene in such a rad movie!

    24 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Moxham

    Real nice guys, they live around here so I see them often.

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • FuckingPrincezz

    I like this guys! ^^

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • TommyIronic

    Bye Frankie Venom, and thank you!

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • arollo

    Anyone else seeing them this sunday in Edmonton? I'd hate to be the only one there again. These guys deserve a bigger audience, they're better than every other band you can see on any night in Edmonton. I don't know what is so wrong with the kids these days....

    30 May 2008 Reply
  • WannabeGiraffe

    Yo! They're playing S.C.E.N.E. MUSIC FESTIVAL this year so enter WGTS new contest to win tickets!! http://www.wgtsmagazine.com/contests/view/33

    27 May 2008 Reply
  • alongwaltz

    I love teenage head. I've never heard these guys though.

    7 Apr 2008 Reply
  • arollo

    I saw them play not that long ago in Edmonton. It was the best show I'd ever been too, and the little kids in the opening acts could have learned a thing or two from them. I wish they'd come back to the West again, Hamilton is quite a drive from here.

    18 Jan 2008 Reply
  • KEENMACHlNE

    disgusteen

    6 Sep 2007 Reply
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