Teaze

Canadian Classic Rock
Biography

Teaze

Teaze

 

The story of Teaze is one of unbridled success in foreign lands, yet a constant struggle for mere recognition on their native soil. Formed in 1975 by Brian Danter on bass guitar and vocals and Marc Bradac on guitars in Windsor, Ontario, the group also consisted of Mike Kozak on drums and guitarist Chuck Price. The group was powered by a heavy but no-nonsense approach. Dinghy bars and crowded nightclubs served as the group's backdrop for the next couple of years, all the while honing their sound, but never really gaining a substantial following with the local crowds.

Despite this, Teaze was recognized by Bob Rags at Terry Flood Management and the group was signed to Aquarius records in 1977. Their debut album was self-titled and failed to make a dent in the charts or an impression with the audience. Driven by straight-forward low production, their first record was as raw a sound as one could capture in a studio, as evidenced by the tracks "Rockin With The Music", "Hot To Trot" and "Boys' Night Out".

ON THE LOOSE was released early the next year and although still holding true to the band's unsophisticated approach, the record showed a maturity in the writing and featured the rockers "Nobody's Fool" and a re-make of "Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight". Also noteable were the title-track and "Sweet Misery", the band's only ever hit single.

The group moved operations from Windsor to Montreal the next year and continued touring eastern & central Canada and in the US but still couldn't seem to get their 'big break' . This all changed for Teaze in the fall of 1978 when they travelled to Japan and were met with sold out stadiums and mobs at the airports. The jury is still out as to whether or not Teaze simply cashed in on rock and roll starved Japanese kids after the likes of KISS and Cheap Trick had already paved the way. Whatever the reason, the reception of Teaze in Japan was almost comparable to the reception the Beatles or Rolling Stones enjoyed in the United States. Their ten day tour of the Orient led to 79's appropriately titled live album TOUR OF JAPAN.

Later that year the band released their third studio album, ONE NIGHT STANDS. With Myles Goodwyn of April Wine behind the helm, it showed a definite progression from its predecessors. Ranging from the typical ballad "Loose Change", the record's only single, to the straight forward - grab you by the balls "Back in Action" and "Young & Reckless", ONE NIGHT STANDS was typical Teaze, but with a maturity. However the tour that followed was a disappointing failure, considering management's expectations following the band's success overseas.

The group cut BODY SHOTS in the summer of 1980, their final album. Though two singles were released, "Roses and Chrome" and "Living On The Edge", the record still failed to garner enough radio interest to support another full-fledged attempt at cracking the North American market. Management at Aquarius by this time had decided that "Teazemania" was never going to catch on here and chose not to commit to any more records.

Now without a deal, Teaze continued to do club dates in and around the Toronto area but disbanded in 1981. Aquarius released the compilation OVER SIXTY MINUTES WITH TEAZE in 1990, and, along with the reissued TOUR OF JAPAN, is the only material by the band available on disc.

Though Teaze in no way enjoyed even a fraction of the success of many other Canadian groups, it should be noted that they had a unique sound for a Canadian group at that time. Except for Triumph or Rush, few homegrown bands relied on heavy guitar riffs and searing vocals to gain an audience. And the aforementioned two pretty much had that niche covered already. It is noteworthy however that Teaze did enjoy more success with a virtually-virgin audience in Japan than either Triumph or Rush during that time.

Written by Dan Brisebois of
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Discography

Teaze
Teaze (1977)

On The Loose
On The Loose (1978)

On The Loose
Nobody's Fool
Baby Why Can't You Stay
Tonight Is Right
Lady Killer
Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight
Stay Here
Ready To Move
Sweet Misery
Never Again

Live
Live (1978)

Tour Of Japan
Tour Of Japan (1979)

Rocking With The Music
Lady Killer
Come On Hold On
Baby Why Can't You Stay
On The Loose
Open My Eyes
Tonight It's Me
Boys' Night Out
Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight
Hot To Trot

One Night Stand
One Night Stand (1979)

Back In Action
Young And Reckless
Heartless World
Red Hot Ready
Through The Years
Reach Out
Loose Change
Touch The Wind

Body Shots
Body Shots (1980)

That Kind Of Girl
Roses and Chrome
Living On The Edge
Sure Thing
What Happened
Too Bad
I'm Not Gonna Cry Anymore
Calling All Nurses
She's Gone Again
Boys Night Out

A Taste of Tears
A Taste of Tears (1984)

Over 60 Minutes With
Over 60 Minutes With (1990)

Best of
Best of (1992)

Sure Thing
Young & Reckless
Boy's Night Out
Heartless World
Living On The Edge
Good Time Tonite
Roses & Chrome
Loose Change
Calling All Nurses
Reach Out
What Happened
Baby Why Can't U
On The Loose
Back In Action
Stay Here
Nobody's Fool
Sweet Misery


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