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Teaze - 1980 Body Shots

ALBUM: Body Shots
LABEL: Aquarius
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2004, Unidisc, AGEK-2311


LINEUP: Brian Danter - vocals, bass * Mark Bradac - guitars, backing vocals * Chuck Price - guitars, backing vocals * Mike Kozak - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 That Kind Of Girl * 02 Roses And Chrome * 03 Living On The Edge * 04 Sure Thing * 05 What Happened * 06 Too Bad * 07 I'm Not Gonna Cry Anymore * 08 Calling All Nurses * 09 She's Gone Again * 10 Boys Nite Out

The last of the studio albums by Canadians Teaze was this 1980 LP 'Body Shots'. As a band traversing numerous styles, their tag as the Canadian version of Starz was kinda on the money. Their first two LP's make for essential Canadian 70's hard rock, but I'm very partial to this band in all forms, and would say their entire discography is utterly collectible. 'Body Shots' (produced by Nick Blagona, former studio engineer at Morin Heights studio), has more in the way of production, and isn't as raw as previous albums, and there are some wonderful tunes here.

The Songs
'Roses And Chrome' invokes reminders of Touch and Aviary, and is a longtime favourite among fans. And how about those harmony vocals on the chorus and those lyrics? I came away thinking it was a script from the Stephen King horror movie 'Carrie'. Perhaps not? lol! 'Calling All Nurses' is another favourite, an absolute chugging track, with some equally outrageous lyrics. You gotta love it! And perhaps my favourite Teaze track ever: 'Boys Nite Out', which sounds as crushingly devastating as it did on 'Tour Of Japan', and even on 'One Night Stands', which makes one wonder.. why the repeat appearance? 'Sure Thing' features Brian Danter with some funky bass work and some Graham Bonnet approved vocals. I'd have to say that 'Too Bad' is possibly the least liked of all the Teaze discography. Well it is for me, the horn work absolutely kills this song within the first 20 seconds! 'I'm Not Gonna Cry Anymore' is much better, while I shouldn't ignore the opener 'That Kind Of Girl' either, with it's hard rock meets power pop appeal.

In Summary
This LP would be the end of the line for Teaze. The record label Aquarius not seeing much return on their investment in later years so eventually cast the band adrift. Teaze finally gave up the ghost in 1981. Not to be completely let down, all of their albums can be found as CD reissues thanks to Canadian label Unidisc, this album comes with a bonus track 'Don't Talk', previously unreleased. There are also Aquarius CD's around if you can find them, including the essential 1990 CD 'Over 60 Minutes With Teaze'.

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#1 | Nick C on September 27 2015 11:39:36
I was a little slow to Teaze. In fact it was when Geoff Barton was hosting Radio 1s Friday Rock Show for a couple of weeks while Tommy Vance was on holiday that he played 'Boys Nite Out', the version with the guitar effects at the start - which is from this album I think, at work (again) so can't check. I was blown away... ( Geoff also played the Friday Rock Show Sessions for Tobruk the over the same period I think, which turned up on Tobruk's Recaptured CD again I was blown away ...haha! In fact I'm sure I have at least one of the shows on tape somewhere) ...anyway I legged it out and grabbed what Teaze albums I could find. Ace band.
#2 | tompa on September 27 2015 11:41:04
A big letdown, far from the quality of the previous three studioalbums. Only standout tracks for me is SURE THING, ROSES AND CHROME and BOYS NIGHT OUT.
#3 | Eric on September 27 2015 13:34:23
I spent a lot of time in Canada record shopping back in the day and used to find piles of this LP in cut-out bins. Good album although 'Roses and Chrome' is the standout.

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