Teezar – Backstage Pass (Self Released) 1978. Due to overwhelming response (well actually 4 comments, maybe just a whelming response), I have decided to post the entire Teezar discography. I will also tell you everything I personally know about this mysterious band.
Teezar was formed by Scuzz Denimz and Rokk Steddy from Florrisant, MO in 1976. their biggest influence was April Wine.
Brian Eno once said about the Velvet Underground, that though the VU “only sold a few hundred albums, everyone who bought a copy formed their own band”. This quote could also apply to Teezar. The first LP came out in 1978. It was entitled Backstage Pass and it featured 12 songs of what Rokk Steddy referred to as “solid gold rockin dynamite”. Track two (Livin The Life of a Rokker) for instance, predates the Hollywood glam sound by about 5 years with its Looks That Kill Crue vibe. More impressive is the rap segment in the middle of Dirty Bandage. If rap officially began in 1979 with the release of Rappers Delight by the Sugarhill Gang, how do you explain this release from 1978?
Say its the doin of the devils hand…no way!
Its the sin and sacrifice of my rokk-n-roll band….and its so grand
Reign of Rokk – 1978
Its a shock to realize that rap music was created by two white rockers from Florrisant, MO USA in 1978. An even bigger shock is the tender ballad Layin My Love On The Line. Note how Teezar manages to walk the line betwen Meatloaf inspired bombast and balls out AC/DC rocking on this track
The pinnacle of Backstage Pass however,is the “Rokk Tryptch” which constitutes the last three songs on the LP. Its an ambitious way to end an already stellar LP and unfortunately it was all downhill for Teezar after this. They had climbed heights generally reserved for the Gods and would eventually pay dearly for their hubris.
Teezar spent 1979-1983 touring the USA. They hit all the big spots….Fargo ND, Grand Junction CO, Parkersburg WV, Nashua NH. By the time they returned to St Louis, they had entire tomes written about their Bachanallian road exploits. Unfortunately, they also had developed serious drug habits that affected both their playing and their judgement.
She digs guys in spandex and studs
She dont smoke dope but she’ll drink some Buds
Rokk-n-Roll Jezebel — 1983
Bakk On The Road was their follow-up to Bakkstage Pass. It was a disappointing follow-up to their amazing first LP but at the same time, I believe it is due for a critical re-evaluation. Released in 1983, it was truly a product of its time. As an extra bonus, I have added the outtake Rokkin’ Queen which constitutes the first appearance of Chuck Teeze.
Chuck Teeze was a roadie for the band who eventually started playing a bigger part in Teezar as Scuzz and Rokk began to focus more on their drug habits than their music. In fact, Rokk was so strung out on prescription painkillers that he is not even on Rokkin’ Queen. Chuck Teeze is a controversial figure to Teezar historians. Some view him as a Yoko-type figure. Others see him as a shaman.
I have also added two live cuts from 1985 which feature Chuck Teeze along with Scuzz and Rokk. Unfortunately, these two songs are evidence that much of the fire that had once burned so brightly in Teezar had flickered out. Rokkin in the Wasteland, a Chuck Teeze composition, is especially painful due to its overly simplistic and earnest environmental message.
In 1989, I tracked both Scuzz and Rokk down. They were living together in a trailer in DeSoto, Missouri. All they had left was a beat up drum set, a 50 dollar Harmony guitar and a 3 string bass. I brought a tascam 4 track with me and asked them if they had any new songs. They agreed to record for me if I bought them three containers of Nyquil, a carton of Dorals and a six pack of Stag beer. The last two tracks are from that aborted session. Its a sad ending for a band that had changed the face of rock.
The whereabouts of Scuzz Denimz today are unknown. Last heard from, he was a production assistant in the porn industry with a serious meth habit. Rokk Steddy unfortunately died a few years ago after a three week Oxy Contin binge. Chuck Teeze is now a self made millionaire and has tried to distance himself from his rockin past
So all we have left of Teezar are these amazing recordings. Before Spinal Tap…before Motley Crue…before Tenacious D, there was Teezar layin the rock on the line. They lived and died for rock-n-roll. They loved beer and groupies and drugs. But most of all they loved their fans. They were icons in an age when heroes don’t matter anymore. Long live Teezar!
Bakkstage Pass (1978)
Livin The Life of A Rokker
Livin Easy On The Street Of Dreams
After The Show
Layin My Love on the Line
Giver of Rokk
Written Word of Rokk
Reign of Rokk
Bakk on the Road (1983)
Bakk on the Road
Rokk The Night Away
Livin Thru The Heartbreak
Rokkin Queen (Bakk on the Road outtake w/ Chuck Teeze)
Rokk-n-Roll Retribution (Live 1985)
Rokkin In The Wasteland (Live 1985 w/ Chuck Teeze on vocals)
Rokk On By (Final 4-Track Recording 1989)
She’s a Teezar (Final 4-Track Recording 1989)