Teaser  
Excerpts recovered from the 
legendary head groupie of Teaser... 
 plus quotes from band members.
 
 
 

The First Recording

After gathering enough pennies to cash in some studio time, Teaser booked Owl Studios in Columbus Ohio. The band recorded Bontos & Maxwell's "Welcome to the Future" and Thompson's "Dream On."
~ Deborah Delicious, 3/12/79

 

The First Performances

At last, Teaser has begun performing live, albeit sporadically. Appearances have so far been limited to special events - a party here and there. No real club dates, yet. But reaction has been very positive. People are saying, "What the *%$# was that?" But in a good way. It's only been a few months, but they now have enough solid material for a two-hour show. That show actually debuted at a coffeehouse at West Liberty State College.
~ Deborah Delicious, 4/8/79

Butch Maxwell:
I was studying theatre and writing plays. Comedy. In fact, with a few other people, I created a comedy company on campus called The Generic Players (the Cheapest Form of Humor.)”

Chris Bontos:
He could never decide between creating a music group or a comedy group.

Maxwell:
I thought Teaser was both!

Another broken piggy bank later, along with the marginal profits from the small gigs so far, and Teaser returned to Owl Studios to remix “Welcome to the Future” and “Dream On.”
~ Deborah Delicious, 5/12/79

The gigs are starting to come slowly. They have lined up a number of performances, but most of them are for autumn. Meanwhile, word of mouth has been pretty good for Teaser. The band played a private party among friends and is hoping that once the recording of "Welcome to the Future" and "Dream On" is released, the Ohio Valley will catch the new wave. Meanwhile, they're still all about disco and Southern rock around here. Oh, please! You ain't heard nothing yet.
~ Deborah Delicious, 6/15/79

For the band's first appearance in front of a sizable audience (about 500), Teaser appeared at the Buck ‘n Wing Annual Picnic. This annual band fest draws bikers and rockers from far and wide for some serious partying, beer drinking and dancing. The response to Teaser was very good, although I still think most of them were bewildered, because Teaser didn't play any redneck rock or country.
~ Deborah Delicious, 7/5/79

The Home Studio

Not yet satisfied with the studio mix they got in May, Teaser is hoping to remix "Welcome to the Future" before the end of summer. The band is tired of travelling to other cities and paying through the nose to record, so Gary Thompson and several of his friends have invested in some high-quality recording equipment. He is building a studio in his basement. It looks as if Teaser could record a whole album even before releasing the single.
~ Deborah Delicious, 8/10/79

Now with a studio at their disposal, the boys in the band remixed “...Future” again and was at last sent out to be mastered and test-pressed prior to an independent release.

Meanwhile, Teaser has stepped in to provide “house band” work at Gary’s studio with other performers. One such performer was Butch Maxwell's friend and fellow student, a folk-singer/songwriter named Chris Rewalt.
~ Deborah Delicious, 8/29/79

 

 

The Songs

Teaser now spends most of its time recording their own material on two-inch eight-track tape. Original songs being recorded include a funky/fusion song called “You Can’t Help Yourself,” an instrumental they call “E# ,” a few older songs Bontos and Maxwell wrote years ago - “Come On,” “Boston Queen,” “Brat,” and “Skinfighter” along with newer Bontos and Maxwell compositions “You Can’t Get Me,” “Ain’t It a Shame,” “Nothing to Lose,” and “Bigger.”~ Deborah Delicious, 9/7/79

Most of the songs Bontos and Maxwell wrote were standard short pop-rock songs with a musical hook or two and a lyric that created a very specific character and situation. They were not necessarily stories, but they were colorful snapshots of familiar subjects seen through a unique perspective. The melody or the dominate riff almost always inspired the lyric, but the music was never complete until the text took shape.

"Come On" was always going to be the hit, in the minds of Butch and Chris. They had written it while still in high school. Owing something to the Rolling Stones in its initial riff, the three-and-a-half minute pop song chronicles the boyhood loss of virginity in three time signatures, two chords and one key.

"Boston Queen," a fairly straightforward rocker, was partly inspired by a high school friend of Chris and Butch who ran away from home. ~ Editor

Maxwell:
In real life, it was about our friend Jody, who was a girl of privileged background. She ran away from her oppressive family on a post-hippie odyssey and came back a changed woman.

Bontos:
In the song - the Boston Queen changed sexes. That's a pretty big change.

"Brat" also dated back to the early mid-70s when Chris and Butch first wrote songs together. The particularly nasty viewpoint of the protagonist towards his subject may have been a little unsettling in 1973, but by 1979, it was pure punk.

Maxwell:
I think “Bigger” might have just about set Gary off the edge. He was uncomfortable with a song written from the perspective of a 16-year old virgin boy who worries about the size of his penis.

Bontos:
Gary objected to “Good Guys Always Won’” because there’s a line in it that says, “I try to be so good/I’m a hell of a guy.”

Stranges:
It was pretty funny, because he loved things like "Wango Tango," but his was offended by this sweet little - almost a children's song. Oh, well, you know, we all have our preferences.


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