First of all, I'm gratified by all the feedback I've been getting from the Don Tremaine interview. It is leading to some good things for me, actually, and I'll tell you about them as they approach.
Tonight, I thought I'd write about one of my favourite rock bands of the 1970's and very early 1980's. I sold my vinyl albums a few years ago, along with their scant, hard-to-find albums that I don't even know if they exist on cd.
I have managed to find 3 of their songs on youtube. I thought I'd share them with you tonight.
I write of "Teaze". I don't know why they misspelled the name. Maybe it's because it would make the name copyrightable. Maybe it's part of the grand tradition of deliberately misspelling the name of a band. The Beatles. Led Zeppelin. And so on.
Their big hit, if you remember them at all, is probably "Sweet Misery", which the old CHNS used to dust off from time to time as recently as 5 or so years ago. For some reason, it is often characterized as a country-type tune. Maybe it has something to do with the honkytonk piano sound.
But I always thought of these guys as a pretty strong, aggressive rock and roll band. They played well. They sang well. Myles Goodwin of April Wine fame even produced one of their albums. I thought they would have a long, thriving career.
But I read this in a Canadian rock magazine in the early 1980's. The lead singer lost his voice and regained it. He attributed this to God and found religion. He instantly lost any interest in being in a secular band and quit, leaving the rest of the guys without a singer or a reason to continue. They split.
I used to joke that if you ever saw a heavenly choir singing on television, and the guy in the background, third from the left, was wearing boots and had long hair, chances were that it would be Brian Danter of Teaze. Ha ha.
It's a shame that they only put out 4 albums. But they were fun. And I am sorry they didn't go any further. One always wonders what could have happened had their record company had more confidence in them and nurtured them better.
Here's an interview with their guitarist Chuck Price.
Here's a brief article about the band.
And, do you want to know what Brian Danter is up to now? Here's a link to his church's website!
And here is their biggest hit (which they refused to perform live!):
Here's a tune from their Live in Japan album, because everybody did a live in Japan album back then:
Finally, here's a tune from the Myles Goodwin-produced album: