You've landed at the official Teaze web page. A great force in Canadian hard rock history, Teaze released a number of albums between 1977 and 1980 including the live "Tour of Japan" before disbanding in 1981.
WORLD PREMIERE: TEAZE - HEARTLESS WORLD "Released December 18th, 2015"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Unidisc Music and OMS Entertainment to premiere first-ever official video from 70's Canadian rock band Teaze on Dec 18th 2015 of Heartless World (One Night Stands 1979, Unidisc Music Inc.) over three decades after the group's disbanding.
The video was inspired by drummer Mike Kozak after the song appeared in Icelandic director Ragnar Bragason’s award-winning 2013 film Metalhead (Malmhaus) in which the soundtrack also featured artists such as Megadeth, Judas Priest and Riot. As a co-writer of Heartless World, Kozak saw a connection between the song and film that could possibly provide an opportunity for the video long missing from the group's credits.
The video is produced and edited by JD Oppen for OMS Entertainment with film footage graciously offered by Bragason. Oppen worked closely with Kozak to complete an impressive cinematic treatment of the 1979 recording that Teaze label, Unidisc Music, has agreed to premiere worldwide. With four studio and one live (in Japan) albums released throughout the world, Teaze is now finally releasing this official first-ever music video and we are pleased to announce the date and links."
~ OMS Entertainment
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Any trivia buff will confirm that Windsor, Ontario is directly south of Detroit; the point being that there are parts of Canada closer to the American heartland than one might suspect.
TEAZE came from Windsor. They breathed Detroit’s airwaves and rocked to its beat. Local influences mattered most. Bob Seger System, MC5, The Stooges, Grand Funk and Brownsville Station. This mixed bag of power rock, r&b and pizzazz made TEAZE stand out in Canada like the smell of a Marlboro in an Ontario beer parlour.
There was something almost un-Canadian about the evangelical fervor that TEAZE displayed. Brian Danter sang ‘til it hurt. Mark Bradac and Chuck Price invented slam dancing (and that was while playing their guitars). Mike Kozak, who never let his drum kit get in the way of self-expression, regularly went screaming off the stage to be closer to his audience. It was three or four shows in one and nobody had a label for it.
The first TEAZE album was recorded in 1976 at a facility near Toronto called The Grange. The band thought they were taping demos. Nevertheless an LP called “TEAZE” was released. It ultimately went on to sell more copies in Sweden than Canada.
After that, TEAZE was signed by Aquarius Records and the band moved to Montreal. In late 1977 they made an album called “ON THE LOOSE” with producer George Lagios. The big hit turned out to be a country styled song called “SWEET MISERY”.
Actually, to say that “SWEET MISERY” wreaked havoc on the band’s image is an understatement. People who liked the song tended to dislike everything else about the band. Meanwhile those who might have been interested in the real TEAZE often never got past the Floyd Cramer intro.
The next album marked a night of firsts. It was the first show outside of Canada. It was their first outing as a concert headliner. It was their first (and only) live album, “TOUR OF JAPAN”.
In spite of everything, the band was growing in popularity. A deal was signed with Capitol in the U.S. At last TEAZE would be on sale “up North” in Detroit. “ONE NIGHT STANDS” needed to be a great album. It was. Certainly it was TEAZE’s finest work. The performance was passionate. The music was powerful. The lyrics were lucid and clever. Producer Myles Goodwyn helped the band weave together all of their disparate elements. “ONE NIGHT STANDS” included the band’s most memorable songs, ”HEARTLESS WORLD and “YOUNG AND RECKLESS”, but it didn’t include a hit. It was glorious and it was a commercial failure.
TEAZE’s fifth and final album, “BODY SHOTS” was a strong effort but at some point between their first and last recording the members of TEAZE had lost their brashness. The fourth LP indicated that their best might not be good enough. Getting released from their U.S. deal proved to be a decisive blow and the band fragmented within six months of the release of “BODY SHOTS”.
The oddest thing about this decidedly unusual rock band is that, although TEAZE peaked among Rock’s lower altitudes, interest in them has not abated. If anything, the group seems to have gained status since their last show in 1980.
Perhaps TEAZE was ahead of its time. It could be they were misunderstood. Or maybe there’s a limit to the number of times an act can shoot itself in the foot. In any case, those who remember TEAZE, do so with fondness. The five albums constitute a legacy. Maybe to really enjoy the best of TEAZE you had to be there, but these recordings are the next best thing
On The Loose (1978)
Tour Of Japan - Live (1979)
One Night Stands (1979)
Body Shots (1980)