MAGIC CHRISTIAN w/GORD LEWIS: “Let’s Shake” b/w “Teenage Head”: 7”

Something totally left field from the Schizophrenic camp at first look. But it makes sense after a little research. Magic Christian is an all-star band based out of San Francisco featuring Cyril Gordon from the Flamin’ Grooves, Clem Burke from Blondie, and Eddie Munoz from the Plimsouls. To round out the group, they include vocalist Paul Kopf. Gord Lewis is from the band Teenage Head out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada whose heyday were the late ‘70s through the early ‘80s. The Hamilton connection and the historical nature of this lineup of this release show me why Schizophrenic jumped to get this out to the world. The collaboration on two songs is the end product here. “Let’s Shake” is a Teenage Head song which was released in 1980 and “Teenage Head” is a Flamin’ Grooves song from 1971. I have to admit that my ‘70s punk is weak and I have no memory of Teenage Head and what they sound like. I only know of the name. But “Let’s Shake,” I have read, was very popular in Canada at the time. It reminds me of the garage punk sound of the ‘70s. The Stooges and New York Dolls come to mind. I definitely have no clue on the Flamin’ Grooves. A bit too obscure and off my radar, probably due to them existing right after I was born. “Teenage Head,” to me, has that southern rock feel with a jam band vibe of the time period. Not my cup of tea, but it does sound proficient in execution. I know I’m not the audience for this but I know there is a huge audience for this who will really appreciate the endeavor.

 –don (Schizophrenic)