Daddy Cool – Teenage Heaven -Reprise Records MS 2088 (US 1972)
Housed in a fantastic 50’s style gatefold sleeve, Teenage Heaven was Daddy Cool's 2nd album. They had started out playing Rock’n’ Roll oldies around Melbourne and this set made up their first album Daddy Who? which featured a fine hit single in Eagle Rock. By Teenage Heaven the sound was branching out; often visiting the same territory that The Groovies frequented in 70/71 with a bit of Ruben and The Jets thrown into the mix. The opener Hi Honey Ho is a cracker: A great Stones/ Groovies rocker with a passing nod to early Little Feat. Daddy Rocks Off recalls a lighter Doctor Boogie or Rip This Joint and there’s a real killer in the closer Teenage Blues. That track could have easily graced a Groovies album -no sweat...It’s a fine album to listen to in its own right and the good humoured 50’s pastiches are still enjoyable now. In any case Teenage Heaven was one of the bright sparks that lit up those dark days of Prog nothingness and for that I am still grateful to this day.