Frank Kerr, aka Frankie Venom, was the lead singer of punk rock pioneers Teenage Head, founded at Westdale High School in Hamilton, Ontario in 1975.
Frankie Venom talked the talk and he walked the walk. He also climbed staging, hung from rafters, rolled on broken glass, danced on tables and once, at the Colonial Underground in ‘76, either fell through the shoddy wooden stage (according to some), or crawled underneath and punched his way through (according to Gordie Lewis.) Amazingly gymnastic, bursting with spontaneity, with that great voice — and beyond being full of the proverbial piss ‘n’ vinegar, Frankie had, to paraphrase Gordie “An amazing talent for making up lyrics on the spot depending on whatever might be happening in the audience. Listen to some of the live recordings — he never missed a beat.” Talking to the Toronto Star, Gord said “He was a real punk rocker.” (The Last Pogo)
It is with great sadness that Gord Lewis of Teenage Head announces the tragic passing earlier today of Canadian icon Frank Kerr aka Frankie Venom of throat cancer.
Frank was the lead singer of punk rock pioneers Teenage Head, founded at Westdale High School in Hamilton, Ontario in 1975.