RIP: Frank Kerr of Teenage Head dies of Cancer

Music News | Oct 16th, 2008

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The lead singer, Frank Kerr, of the Canadian punk band Teenage Head has died of cancer at the age of 52. I didn’t know the band but any time someone in the punk community passes away, it’s worth bringing up.

From Globe and Mail:
Gord Lewis, his bandmate and close friend since childhood, said Mr. Kerr died yesterday at a Hamilton hospital. He had been diagnosed less than a month ago with throat cancer.

To his fans, Mr. Kerr was known as Frankie Venom, a wildly unpredictable stage persona seemingly capable of anything when standing in front of a microphone.

“Frankie was the true punk rocker. He really was,” said Mr. Lewis, who founded the band in 1975 with Mr. Kerr while they were students in high school. “But that’s what made him interesting. I thrived off his abilities and his energy.”

Mr. Kerr and the band had their biggest hits with their first two albums, Teenage Head (1979) and Frantic City (1980).