Teenage Head causes teenage riot: an interview with Frankie Venom
In 1977, a new form of underground music emerged from Canadian basements and garages. Journalists called it punk rock. It was kids with boot polish in their hair, playing out-of-tune guitars and questioning anything established — parents, government, The Beatles. Decades later, critics praised the once-criticized scene for starting a tradition of do-it-yourself indie rebel music.
• The day following the Ontario Place show and riot, Alan Niester of the Toronto Star wrote: "All this for Teenage Head? Six months ago I wouldn't have believed it. The band was, and is, still another local new wave outfit... really no better or worse than a spate of bands playing the Yonge Street strip at any given time."
• Frankie Venom (born Frankie Kerr in Glasgow in 1956) died of throat cancer in 2008 at the age of 52.
• In 2014 Coach House Books released Geoff Pevere's book Gods of the Hammer: The Teenage Head Story.
Program: Prime Time
Broadcast Date; Jan. 14, 1992
Host: Geoff Pevere
Guest: Frankie Venom
Photo courtesy Teenage Head / Nick Stipanitz
Last updated: May 1, 2014
Page consulted on May 1, 2014
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