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Teenage Head

Flamin' Groovies

1971

Teenage Head
Album Summary

Teenage Head is the third studio album by the San Francisco rock band Flamin' Groovies, released in March 1971 by Kama Sutra Records.Released the same year as the Rolling Stones' album Sticky Fingers, Mick Jagger reportedly noticed the similarities between the albums and thought the Flamin' Groovies did the better take on the theme of classic blues and rock 'n roll revisited in a modern context.

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3.04

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

I'd like to say "Teenage Head is awesome" and leave it at that, but some people might mistake that review for R. Kelly's life motto.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
2

Unless this is just one person's personal list, i dont understand how this album could be considered an album you HAVE to listen to.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

At first I thought this was an album called Flamin’ Groovies by Teenage Head, which I was looking forward to. This is great. One of my new “I can listen to every track without skipping” albums. Looking it up on Wikipedia, Mick Jagger apparently said this was a better version of Sticky Fingers, and I agree. Rockabilly edging into proto-punk. I love this so much. Favourite track: “Whiskey Woman”

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

These boys FUCK! Kinda like The Rolling Stones with a little of The Stooges thrown in. There’s almost no way they weren’t an influence on Eagles Of Death Metal and early Kings Of Leon. Pretty fun album!

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Thu May 13 2021
3

just a bit of bluesy rock, but has that kinda proto-punk 70s sound coming through a bit. not too bad but I'll probably never listen again. 3/5.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
1

Teenage Head by The Flamin’ Groovies (1971) The 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die project presents wonderful opportunities for expanding the musical horizons of the serious listener. There are those albums that are pleasant new listening experiences created long ago—albums that breathe new life into the heart of the listener with their interesting and long-forgotten virtuosity and creativity; albums that you’re eager to add to your collection; albums that inspire deep philosophical reflection on perennial issues; albums that make powerful political statements; albums that were ahead of their time; albums that should have been classics. This album is not one of them. Dropped tempos, sloppy accompanying instrumentals, boring guitar riffs, mechanical bass lines, bad backing vocals, uncreative mixing, mindless lyrics, monotonous interludes, and over the hill rockabilly grooves, all demonstrate that The Flamin’ Groovies are a poor imitation of The Rolling Stones (when they’re not being a poor imitation of the early Elvis Presley [“Evil Hearted Ava”!—yuck]). Compare this album with the Stones’ Sticky Fingers, released the same year, and grab the Ipecac. These guys might have sufficed to play at your high school prom—yours, but not mine. Did you ignore this in 1971? If you did, it was for good reason. 1/5

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

i love their refusal to jump on the bandwagon of the times, and instead just rip up some awesome bluesy rock & roll. fantastic album

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Tue Sep 15 2020
3

Decent album, but nothing that rocked my world lol

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

For a band I've never heard of, this album was freaking great. It's everything I love about The Rolling Stones with a healthy dose of Violent Femmes sprinkled on top. This came out the same year as "Sticky Fingers" even. Apparently, after listening to "Teenage Head" Mick Jagger was like, "Oh yeah. That's what we were trying to do with 'Sticky Fingers' but they did it better." And he's not wrong. Put the two albums up against each other and "Teenage Head" just might come out on top. Absolute monster of an album.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

This band reminds me a lot of the Rolling stones but maybe the band and the lyrics aren't as controversial? They have that 70's rock/blues thing going though I'm not sure if there is anything totally exceptional about this album. Maybe it's here because Mick Jagger thought they were better than the Rolling Stones?

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Interesting albums with lots of blues and inspiration from other artists. Could hear hendrix, dylan, and elvis in a few songs. Liked the different vibes throughout the album

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Very blues, very loud. The sound is totally on point but the songwriting does nothing for me. I'm mostly just along for the ride with this album, letting it go from one song to next while soaking in the sheer bluesiness of it all. Overall good.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

I've heard this band in the past, but never properly checked them out. This one apparently is the third and greatest album, just before one of the founding members left. It's quite pleasant. 30 mins of throwback rock n roll with a country tinge and some blues cover songs. If you are a big fan of 1950s/60s rock classics, you would definitely have a blast with this. I tapped my toes along to the whole thing, and there weren't any dull moments. But it's not a style I'm particularly enamoured with. 3.5

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Mon May 31 2021
3

I’d never heard of Flamin Groovies before this album and it’s not bad. I would say that there is definitely a noticeable Rolling Stones influence to the band’s sound. Which is not a bad thing, there are noticeable influences from multiple artists on the record. But I was left thinking “most of these songs could be on a Rolling Stones album”.

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Mon Mar 13 2023
2

Mick Jagger doesn't know what the fuck he's talking about. "Sticky Fingers" takes this shit to the cleaners and then some.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

I enjoyed this bluesy early 70s rock way more than I expected to. The recording sounds fantastic and the music is really well done. The performances are so energized and visceral. These guys are really great here! Loved the rockin' tracks like "High Flyin' Baby" and "Have You Seen My Baby." "Yesterday's Numbers" has a fantastic vocal performance... one of my favorite tracks. The title track's rockin' blues vibe and supporting harmonica runs through this album like a freight train. Great stuff! There's a great bluesy vibe really evident in "City Lights" about a country boy headed to NYC to see 'the empire's tallest building where the plane shot that big monkey, and they killed him.' You also get a dose of the 50s in songs like "32-20", "Evil Hearted Ada" (which could be an early Elvis song) and "Doctor Boogie" (with a particularly fun performance by the lead singer). The last song of the original album release "Whiskey Woman" is a great closer to the album. Love this song. I prefer stopping there for the album listening experience and not playing the six additional tracks added in 1999. Not that any of the additional songs are bad - in fact I liked them - but the album really feels most complete in its original incarnation. Maybe I'm just getting tired of great albums feeling a bit compromised when bonus tracks are tacked on willy-nilly in their re-releases. I really dig this album... happy to welcome Flamin' Groovies aboard my musical library!

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

You can draw a direct line from this to my sweetheart Detroit 90s-00s rock scene. Hell yea

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

It's Been A While I guess, But Life Is Good, You're Doing Well. Keep On Focusing On The Process. And Go With The Flow That You Like.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

The Cramps before The Cramps

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Muy sorprendente disco. Quizá a ratos no suena de 1971 sino de 1964 o algo así, pero la verdad es que me gustó mucho. Combinación agradable de Rock psicodélico y Blues, transicional de la época. Le doy la razón a Mick Jagger, este disco es mejor que uno de los Stones. Y encima la versión de lujo trae unos covers que tampoco tienen desperdicio.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Amazing record from track 1 to the end - from pure party garage rock to acoustic folk blues. I can imagine that Evil Hearted Ada influencing the psychobilly Lux Interior of The Cramps with it’s circus mirror reflection of Elvis. As for comparisons, I’d listen to this before the Stones every time.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

I love the Flamin Groovies.. They could have picked the album before or after and I would have been happy too. Dirty bluesy garage rock sound can't be beat.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

Garage rock. No los conocía... ¡Vinilo!

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

This was really fucking good

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Thu Mar 09 2023
5

One of the greatest albums ever recorded.

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Fri May 26 2023
5

This is a great listen. On par with some of the Stone's stuff from the same era. Putting this into my rotation.

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Fri Jul 21 2023
5

This is THE best thing I’ve listened to in a long time! Wow, I’m blown away. This fucking rips. The slide guitar, the RIFFS, that ramp up at the end of Whiskey Woman, the title track, this is amazing stuff. Can’t believe I’ve never heard of them. This is going right in the regular rotation.

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Thu Aug 03 2023
5

I definitely hear the co.parisons to the Stones, but I enjoyed the more raw edge and rockabilly nature of this. I was tapping my toe to pretty much every track. Sounds like a bunch of guys just playing music they love in a fun way.

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Sat Sep 23 2023
5

That was an unexpected burst of joy.

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Thu Nov 09 2023
5

Reminds me of my dad’s pub band (compliment)

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Thu Nov 16 2023
5

an absolutely flawless blend of rock and blues, reminiscent of The Rolling Stones, but still bursting with original character — 10/10

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Wed Nov 22 2023
5

The Flamin Groovies are one of the most underrated Groups of all time. just Listen to "Hairs on Fire", its a mixture of Zappa Meeting John Coltrane. Or "Leave the driving to Me", a Fantastic Blues Flavored romp. Their Guitarist Jim Washburn is a great Rhythm player and Dex Mannings Vocals are powerful , much like Steve Marriott. The only Clinker on this LP is their Version of "Coffee And Tea", its too mellow. But the Rest of the LP is a Musical Joy

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Tue Dec 26 2023
5

This albums is a ton of fun. It’s super rowdy and just rocks in a pure, unselfconscious way. Total blast.

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

Rawk and rolle. 5 motherfuckin' stars.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
5

If Ween had made a 70s blues style album it would've sounded kinda like this, so that's good cos Ween is sick

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

Fantastic! Gritty garage band sound with a lot of energy. Now in my rotation

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

This was cool. Nice riffs and whiskey woman.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Quite a mixture of sounds. Enjoyed the first half more but was good

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

I didn't know the band, but I was happily surprised. I know they are supposed to play many styles, but this album is a good rock album. It reminds me of newer rock bands like The Sheepdogs.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Great discovery, didn't know them at all, will certainly listen to it again.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Fairly fun-- very much a Rolling Stones sound. Would listen again.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

american equivalent to Sticky Fingers is good, but not better than Sticky Fingers! come on, mick! fav track: whiskey woman

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Favourite band name so far. This was a big fat Jam loved it all, especially Doctor Boogie and Shakin All Over. Whiskey Woman was my highlight though - surprisingly beautiful. Also a great rendition of Louie Louie.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

se creedence e ny dolls tivessem um filho

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Rockabilly surf-music, folded into some more mellow blues-y jams. Good stuff

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Rockzinho lá de outros tempos né, bacana, acho que até conhecia alguma, mas nada que mds adoro ouvir não.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Het heeft een paar goede nummers maar ik vind het verder veel lawaai.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Ihan uusi tuttavuus tämäkin. Mielestäni kelpo rokkia tuolta aikakaudelta. Kivasti eri tyylisiä kappaleita levyllä, ei käynyt yksitoikkoiseksi, vaikka levy olikin täyden tunnin mittainen.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Flamin and groovy! Groovy 70's rock, nothing bad about it. Whiskey Woman is my fav

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Yea I liked it. There was some Elvis vibes. I can abide.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

really good, Rockn'Roll!! 4.0

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

10th June 2021 Listened on my phone through the day - Jen still recovering from Covid and busy workday. Very hot. Had it saved on Spotify previously, I love the firdt half but not sure about the British invasion covers. Some total bangers on here though.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Slidetastic, Stones turned up to 11

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Hey this album whips ass. I enjoyed it from front to back and will be listening to it again. This is some great rock with an energy all its own.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Really cool bluesy style with a distinct 70's production and vocal style. Really fun to just put on and jam out to!

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Mon May 17 2021
4

WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS BAND?! Funky slidey Southern Beefheart grooves. Makes Television make sense. Evil Hearted Eva channels Elvis through a rockabilly sound.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Groovy is an apt description for this album!

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Thoroughly enjoyed it; some classic rockabilly tracks to lighten the mood. 4.5/5

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

One of the best albums the Stones ever put together was not actually by the Stones. Most excellent blues rock.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. Raw guitar sound is great. Simple, balls out rockin.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

What a surprise this was. I was completely unsure what to expect. The band name and title made me a li’l nervous. But then there was some good ol' bluesy, old school rock 'n' roll sounds that I really liked from the first time through…the whole thing, in fact. The vocals are sometimes a little wonky, and I jumped when they started screaming in "Yesterday's Numbers," and I'm not a big fan of gun violence threats against girlfriends (which seem to be very common in several genres of popular music). But I love all the varied guitar sounds in this. I love the bass in the title track. Each of these songs is just a little jarringly weird, and I really like them.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Classic sounds. Enjoyable and fresh. Will listen again!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Surprenant, bon blues rock ca sonne craimemt birn. 4.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

I know more of this than I thought. I but dated in places mind.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

According to wikipedia, Teenage Head was released the same year as the Rolling Stones' album Sticky Fingers, and Mick Jagger reportedly noticed the similarities between the albums and thought the Flamin' Groovies did the better take on the theme of classic blues and rock 'n roll revisited in a modern context. I tend to agree. it is like a rougher version of Sticky Finger s(one of my favourite Stones albums), so this is a revelation. Loved the slide playing, the rough boogie, and the grunt. Fabbo, and definitively going on my want list.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

leuk bluesey rock and roll album

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

This.....is..... AMAZING! It’s like the Stones with a little kiss of punk. Love it so far Fav Tracks: "High Flyin' Baby" "Teenage Head"

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Great sound- great covers. Can hear why the Stones liked them.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Possibly their best album, either this one or Shake Some Action. I'm not usually a big fan of covers but these guys are really good at it.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

This proves that The Rolling Stones are one of the most overrated bands ever. 7/10

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Apparently, Mick Jagger said that this album was a better take on a modern updating of blues and rock 'n roll than the contemporarily released "Sticky Fingers". Mick is right.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Excelente album de un grupo que no había escuchado

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

They've got some really cool stuff going on in that 1970s bluesy rock space, which makes me wonder why they're not more well-known. Maybe their marketing department sucked? Maybe it's the dreadful band name? Maybe it's the ill-advised, super terrible Elvis impersonation? Best track: Whiskey Woman

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

I'm a member of the FEELIN Groovies after listening to this!!

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Fun throughout Best song was Whiskey Woman. The chorus sounded a lot like knocking on heavens door but I think this song is older than that one

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Loved it. Never heard of them and want to know more. Sound like a test tube baby of the Beach boys, early stooges, the Stones etc. 4*s

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Cet album de rock gentil passerait presque pour un chef d'œuvre grâce à la bousasse qui l'a précédée (celle de Throbbing Gristle).

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Thoroughly enjoyable rootsy/country-tinged RnR. Contemporary comparisons to Sticky Fingers are very apposite. Liked it a lot! bonus tracks are uniformly poor however

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