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Teenage Suicide

by Thundertrain

Boston high energy rock'n'roll sensation from 1974. Complete debut album plus rare singles & bonus tracks.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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NOTICE: Teenage Suicide is currently available only as a download. If you are looking for some excellent Thundertrain music on a high quality CD we highly recommend that you get their 1979 recording "Hell Tonite!" Available right now here at cdBaby. Just click over there on the LEFT where it says "Try This".

You have a choice: Sit around waiting for the new Guns n’Roses album until you qualify for Medicare, or bang your head now to this raw parent of Appetite For Destruction, cut by Boston’s Thundertrain in 1976 for the local Jelly label. I bought the original LP in ‘77 and remember how weird and refreshing Teenage Suicide sounded in the thick of punk: the heavy glam of Aerosmith and Mott The Hoople with the garage-production values of the first Clash album. Pump up the bass to compensate for the tin-shed fidelity of the
studio tracks. Crank up the live “I Gotta Rock” from September ‘76, to hear how Thundertrain were the G n’ R of their town and day.
- David Fricke, ROLLING STONE - July 2003

Think Van Halen had heard Thundertrain's "Hot For Teacher" when they wrote their own song of the same name? I think so. Think Twisted Sister heard their Live At The Rat cuts when they penned their own glam anthems for Under The Blade? I'd wager on it...
Guitarist Steven Silva turns out to be a real find, tossing off Thunders-y riffs and Johnny Winter-influenced licks with ease and style. Check out his Winter tone on "I Gotta Rock".
- Frank Meyer, KNAC.COM

If you are from Boston, as I am, and were following indie rock 'n punk in the mid 70's, you had this album in your collection. Extremely rare but now out with 6 bonus trax, Thundertrain balanced hanging w/ the Boston punk scene but they were hard rockers with a glammy slant. Like the bastard child of early Aerosmith and New York Dolls. "Crunch. That's what happens when you mix two parts Slade with one part Rolling Stones and feature the future frontman for the final incarnation of The Joe Perry Project...
-AMG

Fast and shakin’ is the only way to pin point the erection of the Thundertrain direction. Mach Bell’s disco-destroying rock- against everything voice shouting out over slide guitarist Steven Silva’s leads are metal immensity of hall melting proportions...It was all too fast for love - all the time...
- Vom Doom, FLESH Magazine


THUNDERTRAIN - TEENAGE SUICIDE includes:
15 remastered tracks.
Includes all 9 original tracks and features Thundertrain’s underground 1976 hit single “Hot For Teacher! b/w Love The Way”
Bonus tracks include:
Thundertrain’s 1975 debut single:
“I’m So Excited"
b/w "Cindy is a Sleeper”
Forgotten radio interview: Mach and Oedipus on WAAF.
Mach’s 1977 WBCN radio ad for Lowell’s Commodore Ballroom..
“I Gotta Rock” from the “Live At The Rat” (1977) compilation album.
Plus a very rare studio version of "I Gotta Rock"
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THUNDERTRAIN MUSIC VIDEOS ARE NOW PLAYING ON YOUTUBE.
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Set the way-back machine for August 1974--Boston, Mass. That rumble you hear coming up from the basement of Jack's Drum Shop on Boylston Street isn't a derailing subway train. You, my friend, are hearing the birthing roar of Thundertrain! Five kids from the suburbs of Boss-town who, for the next five years, glory stomped their way up and down New England and beyond. Thundertrain became the heroes of every biker bar, high school cafeteria, and hip downtown club in Red Sox Country, grinding out a high-energy blitzkrieg of rebel rock, strutting their stuff at that dangerous corner where glam-meets- metal-meets-rock-&-roll-meets-punk. From 1974 through 1979, you saw Thundertrain in 16 MAGAZINE, TIME, BOSTON GROUPIE NEWS, PLAYBOY, BOMP, VARIETY, ROCK SCENE and every DIY zine ever published.

Thundertrain performed nightly at clubs like Max's Kansas City, Hurrahs, the Club, Frolics,the Electric Elephant, Gildersleeves, the Rexicana Ballroom, the Cleveland Agora, CBGBs and of course their homebase The Rat in Kenmore Square, Boston. Thundertrain welded together the raunch of Keith Richards, the sweat of James Brown, the lunacy of the Dolls and the crazy boogie of Johnny Winter. They bolted everything they heard onto their own gonzo teenbeat chassis. Thundertrain was the souped up locomotive that all the kids in New England lined up to ride in the 70's.
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Thundertrain was never forgotten. In the wake of the band's break up, the Joe Perry Project scooped up lead singer Mach Bell, Van Halen nabbed guitarist Steven Silva's catchy song title ("Hot For Teacher!"), and bootleggers continue to press Thundertrain discs to this day.
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Hungry for more? HELL TONITE! the ultimate 1979 LIVE THUNDERTRAIN concert is finally available on CD.
HELL TONITE! Now you can finally hear THUNDERTRAIN at their prime.
Experience the wildest, weirdest party rumble of them all. 13 hellraising cuts by Boston's Thundertrain. HELL TONITE! has been supressed since 1979. At long last it is now available. Get HELL TONITE! (Click over there on the LEFT where it says "Try This".)


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FLESH MAGAZINE

ALL THAT PLEASES THE ANGELS OF ROCK IN THE HIGHER NETHER REALMS
By Vom Doom- The stunning Teenage Suicide album... released during the spit spatter heyday of punk rawk in the old century 1977. It’s a monster mashed slab o’ Chuck Berry riffs and Slade guitar styles betwixt all that pleases the angels of rock in the higher nether realms: it oozes vocal thunder while the world snoozes on & under. Harnessing the sexy energy of pre-proto-punk-protagonists like the artful MC5, Alice, New York Dolls, pre-hero age Kiss and heck even Grand Funk - Thundertrain were born in ‘74 coined from the hyper-inflected line outta Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf; I Was Struck By Lightning/Heavy Metal Thunder. The band was highly influential in establishing the Boston club scene, most notably The Rat. They played routinely with NY based bands like the Dead Boys and the Ramones in the late 70’s and they went on to change the way people thought about rock music for years to come... Fast and shakin’ is the only way to pin point the erection of the Thundertrain direction. Mach Bell’s disco-destroying rock- against everything voice shouting out over slide guitarist Steven Silva’s leads are metal immensity of hall melting proportions: a champion coupling of infighting and rough housing, meshing most mightily on compositions sporting such sexual innuendo splifters as Modern Girls (they don’t need boys to help them get it on) and I’m So Excited which Silva wrote about a peeping tom. It was all too fast for love - all the time... Bell says the only time T-Train ever stopped to spend a few days in the studio was for the aforementioned pre-MTV Van Halen crushing original Hot For Teacher/Love The Way 45. The experience marked the beginning of TEENAGE SUICIDE...After some cowbell and vocal overdubs it was ready to be archived in the Obscurity of Whatever-the -Hell-It-Is Hall of Infamy. Now it has been reissued by Gulcher Records.

SLAM! PARTY ROCK ZINE

“Harley Davidson del Rock’n’Roll” Buy it or Die!
THUNDERTRAIN "Teenage Suicide" Gulcher Records - 2002, by Gaetano Fezza - Ho volutamente atteso la seconda ristampa italiana in vinile per parlarvi di questo album che non esito a definire fondamentale, di recente la Rave Up Records ha passato la palla alla Rockin’Bones per la stampa del disco in tiratura limitata a 500 copie ed io, per gentile concessione di “Cowboy” Mach Bell (leggete l’intervista nell’apposita sezione) ho tra le mani l’ottima ristampa in CD incisa dai master originali, con un suono migliore, 6 bonus tracks ed un libretto molto curato. I tempi sono quindi maturi e la leggendaria “Harley Davidson del Rock’n’Roll” può finalmente avere qualche chances in più di farsi conoscere come merita. Attivi a Boston dal 1974, i Thundertrain contribuirono ad agitare la nascente scena locale che aveva come fulcro e trampolino di lancio il Rat Club, insieme a bands come DMZ, Real Kids, Reddy Teddy etc..., poco importava che non fossero Garage o Punk come volevano i canoni estetico/musicali del periodo, con il loro sound esplosivo riuscirono ad infuocare letteralmente le platee ed entrare anche nelle grazie dei punk che apprezzarono la loro attitudine provocatoria, gli atteggiamenti trasgressivi, animaleschi e magnetici del frontman, l’impatto dell’eccellente solista e maestro di bottleneck guitar Steven Silva e della compatta e potente sezione ritmica.

Ventisette anni dopo la sua uscita “Teenage Suicide” riconferma l’impressione che mi fece ascoltando la prima ristampa su Hablabel Records nel 1989: brani che non risentono assolutamente dell’usura del tempo, freschi ed attuali, tanto che è inevitabile chiedersi perché una band di questo calibro non sia riuscita a salire alla ribalta quando solo una decade più tardi le stesse sonorità ed attitudine hanno reso miliardarie bands come i Guns’n’Roses ed i tamarrissimi (ed amatissimi of course) Twisted Sister (Dee, l’hai ascoltato bene il Cowboy eh!!) ? Precursori dei tempi, non c’è dubbio, il perfetto prototipo della Street Rock band, anche se etichettarli è cosa quantomeno limitante visto che spaziano con naturalezza dal classico Hard Rock riffing non distante dai contemporanei Aerosmith e Kiss al R’n’B degli Stones con inflessioni derivate da Glam Bands con i controcazzi come Slade e Silverhead, ed il lavoro di Silva funge da autentico trade-mark: qualità, buon gusto e quella cazzo di slide che mi piace da morire, chiaramente ispirata da mostri sacri come Johnny Winter.

Basterebbe l’opener “Hot for Teacher!” impreziosita dal piano di Willie “Loco” Alexander a giustificare ampiamente l’acquisto del CD, una bomba Rock’n’Roll come solo i grandi sanno concepire, Van Halen “prese in prestito” titolo e contenuto del testo per un suo famoso hit (guarda caso dopo aver ricevuto un disco dei TT prima di un tour che avrebbero dovuto effettuare insieme, il furbo!!), in “Let’Er Rip” e “Forever & Ever” il lavoro alla slide di Steven Silva è sconquassante e mi fa letteralmente impazzire. “I Gotta Rock” è stata il mio primo amore e come tale mi procura ancora una certa eccitazione, è un Rock Blues malato ed adrenalinico che, nella versione del Live at the Rat (inclusa nel CD così come la studio version) riesce a dare un’idea del “calor bianco” sviluppato dalla band on stage, ascoltate il Cowboy e poi ditemi se non è il frontman che ogni Rock’n’Roll band vorrebbe avere! Ad impreziosire ulteriormente il dischetto, oltre ad un promo radiofonico ed un’intervista a Mach Bell, i due brani del primo singolo autoprodotto, le puttanesche “I’m So Excited” e “Cindy is a Sleeper”, apparentemente al crocevia tra Silverhead e primi Aerosmith ma quando Steven Silva si fa sentire il trade mark è inconfondibile, fuoriclasse ziocan! Potrei citare anche gli altri (ottimi) brani ma a questo punto direi che chi ha orecchie per intendere ha inteso. Buy it or Die!!

Solomon Spector


This CD was 10 years ahead of it`s time! Had they come along in 1986, those wimps Bonjovi would be nowhere today! Thundertrain puts all their high energy to quote Jim Dandy Mangrum into this classic hard rock/glam rock/heavy metal classic! As a lifelong fan of the band I am glad this CD was re-issued! It deserves praise and recognition. Back then I always chose Thundertrain over Boston`s other hard rock band Aerosmith. Still do. I haven`t bought an Aerosmith CD since Joe Perry left the band. And this CD shows why he tapped Mach`s great vocal talents for his Joe Perry Project. Too bad he couldn`t have tapped him for Aerosmith. They have become an annoying Dinosaur band. Catering to the MTV generation. I blast this CD at home, at work and in the SUV! I can`t remember the last time I listened to an Aerosmith record on purpose. Not counting when they`re on the radio. Even then it has to be "old" Aerosmith. If you love rock and roll, you`ll love this CD!

NEMS NEWSLETTER

A BLASTING SONIC STEW
MACH BELL's current band, LAST MAN STANDING, has a new CD that
we'll have to get back to.  But for the moment...  Gulcher Records
has reissued the Thundertrain album, "Teenage Suicide" (CD, Gulcher
411, 2002), with added tracks, a radio spot, and an interview that
you ought to hear.  Mach Bell sang with serious swagger (still does),
and the music is wilder than I remembered--a LOT wilder.  It's 1970s
metal/hard-rock aimed at an emerging punk audience--a blasting sonic
stew.  Great booklet, too.
I read in the Globe, as I recall, that the new proprietors of
the BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS are thinking about the possibility of awards
for people who work behind the scenes.  They'd do well to consider
the folks who created the Thundertrain CD booklet.  It's well
illustrated, attractively designed, and loaded with terrific
information.  Fans would want the disc anyway, but the booklet's a
real added incentive. (Alan Lewis)

El Diario de Peter Punk

Puro y genuino rock and roll tcado con un par de huevos.
THUNDERTRAIN "Teenage Suicide" Gulcher Records 2002. en los años setenta, antes de que el punk irrumpiera en Inglaterra, estos compañeros de viaje de Dictators o Runaways, le daban al rock and roll cañero y eran muy conocidos en la escena underground tanto de su ciudad como de Nueva York. En este álbum, ahora reeditado e incialmente publicado en 1977, nos encontramos con 13 temas, grabados entre los años 75 y 76, más una entrevista y un tema en directo. En total, cerca de unahora, de rock potente en títulos clásicos como "I'm So Excited", "Hot For Teacher!", "Modern Girls", "I Gotta Rock", "Forever & Ever" o "Love The Way". Puro y genuino rock and roll tcado con un par de huevos......
Loosely translated:
In the 70's, before the English punk rock invasion,
these guys are like a trip from the Dictator's or
Runaways and were known very well in the underground
R&R scene of Boston and New York. In this album, now
re-edited and first published in 77, we hear 13 songs
performed between 75 and 76, an interview and a topic
directly(?). In all, from yesteryear, powerful R&R w/
such classics as I'm So Excited, Hot For Teacher etc.
Pure and genuine R&R given up with a pair of balls!

All Music Guide

Like the bastard child of early Aerosmith and New York Dolls.
If you are from Boston, as I am, and were following indie rock 'n punk in the mid 70's, you had this album in your collection. Extremely rare but now out with 6 bonus trax, Thundertrain balanced hanging w/ the Boston punk scene but they were hard rockers with a glammy slant. Like the bastard child of early Aerosmith and New York Dolls. "Crunch. That's what happens when you mix two parts Slade with one part Rolling Stones and feature the future frontman for the final incarnation of The Joe Perry Project... Teenage Suicide can't show you Mach Bell's enormous stage presence, and that was a big part of their appeal - we can only hope videos from the time have survived. It also doesn't have the polish a major label might have afforded them, but it does capture the energy and creative spark of a major Boston personality who would go on to work with a member of Aerosmith, and his bandmates who were a formidable and powerful bunch on stage"-AMG.

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

RAW PARENT OF APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION
ROLLING STONE,ISSUE 927,JULY 24, 2003 - OUT THERE With David Fricke - THUNDERTRAIN,Teenage Suicide,Gulcher-You have a choice: Sit around waiting for the new Guns n’Roses album until you qualify for Medicare, or bang your head now to this raw parent of Appetite For Destruction, cut by Boston’s Thundertrain in 1976 for the local Jelly label. I bought the
original LP in ‘77 and remember how weird and refreshing it
sounded in the thick of punk: the heavy glam of Aerosmith and
Mott The Hoople with the garage-production values of the first
Clash album. Pump up the bass to compensate for the tin-shed
fidelity of the studio tracks. Crank up the live “I Gotta Rock” from
September ‘76, to hear how Thundertrain were the G n’ R of
their town and day.

Holly Daisyn-Dassun

Lethal quintet....
Sept. 2004-

TEENAGE SUICIDE-
For the two or three of you who don't remember this lethal quintet, Mssrs.Bell, Silva, Provost (TWO of 'em) and Edwards were the link between good hard rock (with a twist of glam tossed in) and garage/punk at a time when rock and roll was going through much needed changes.
    The '70's started off ok, lots of heavy bands playing lots of flashy stuff but things got a little silly after a while. 20 minute songs,10 minute solos, ... Thankfully there was Bowie/ Bolan/pre-perv Gary Glitter, Sweet, Stooges, the Dolls, and Slade to keep things fun and unpredictable, but it didn't last, and soon we were back in the soup again; Rick Wakeman, Jackson Browse, and solo LPs by Bill Wyman and Ron Wood! Thankfully, the CBGB's scene was happening, as was the London scene, not to mention our very own Boston scene, and before long, it was back to basics for rock and roll, and here's where Thundertrain come in.
    Here was a band with an outrageous lead singer and front man who moved like the proverbial 'tiger on vaseline' and sang/shouted like Slade's Noddy Holder; Mach Bell. On guitar, playing guitar hero, Steven Silva, playing as fast and furious (and as nimble fingered as) Johnny Winter in his prime. Swooping in and then out with his killer riffs, short, sweet, to the point. The Provost Brothers, Ric and Cool Gene keep the rhythm solid ,tight, powerful,(Gene doing some nice Thin Lizzy dual lead stuff with Steven once in a while, too) all the while driven by the secret weapon of the band, Bobby Edwards (Bobby!) on drums, keeping the beat strong ,with serious monster flash to top it all off.
    They were the bridge between the best of early '70's rock AND the return of straight ahead stripped down rock, with feet in both camps. 30 years later, Thundertrain came back to town to play for us for one special week, with TWO recordings on Gulcher Records for our approval! The first, Teenage Suicide, was the first-time-on-CD 2003 release of their original Jelly Records album (recorded 1976),featuring the infamous "Hot For Teacher" and "I Gotta Rock", plus extras including the song Tyler/Perry only WISH they wrote, "Cindy Is A Sleeper", live stuff, PLUS interviews, an ad for a gig back in the day, and a cool booklet with interviews, pix,history, etc.

==jas==


As an original ThunderTrooper, it's great to hear the band on CD. Thundertrain was an amazing live show, and this CD effectively captures the experience. Check out the live "Hell Tonight" CD for another blazing dose of this off the rails band.

Frank Meyer

THIS IS A REAL SCORE.
KNAC.COM LA CA
Thundertrain Teenage Suicide
By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Thursday, February 13, 2003 @ 2:38 PM
(Gulcher)

In the early to mid '70s there was a glam hard rock band called Thundertrain that featured a singer named Mach Bell, who later went on to front the Joe Perry Project as "Cowboy" Mach Bell and now sings in Last man Standing. The band opened up for all the cool New York bands from the era and cut a handful of singles and one album before calling it quits. The fine folks at Gulcher records have released said album, Teenage Suicide, on CD for the first time and have included a handful of unreleased live cuts as bonus tracks.

Fans of '70s era NYC glam rock will love this as it harkens back to the days of the New York Dolls, The Dictators, The Brats and DMZ. Much more hard rock than punk though, these guys don't ride the Ramones/Dead Boys bandwagon that was so popular in those days, but opt for a more KISS/Aerosmith kinda sound, bluesy and groovin' to the max. Think Van Halen had heard Thundertrain's "Hot For Teacher" when they wrote their own song of the same name? I think so. Think Twisted Sister heard their Live At The Rat cuts when they penned their own glam anthems for Under The Blade? I'd wager on it.

Guitarist Steven Silva turns out to be a real find, tossing off Thunders-y riffs and Johnny Winter-influenced licks with ease and style (check out his Winter tone on "I Gotta Rock"). While Bell is no Steven Tyler in the vocal department, he does have a certain sleazy charm and certainly sells the songs with balls and aplomb. His voice leaves much to be desired in the melody department but he's got tons of attitude and swagger and we all know how far that goes in the rock n' roll game. Just ask Slade and Silverhead, two bands whom Thundertrain obviously owe a great debt to. Song highlights include the aforementioned "Hot For Teacher" (featuring Willie Loco Alexander on piano), the slide guitars boogie of "Let 'Er Rip," and the power pop of "Modern Girls." Meanwhile, "Frustration" rocks pretty hard and "Cindy Is A Sleeper" is a sexy, sultry piece of white trash noise, Bean Town style.

The album includes a bonus radio interview between Bell and a young Oedipus, a 24-page booklet packed with rare photos and interviews and a hilarious radio ad by Bell. For fans of this genre, this is a real score.
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