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Telekin​:​The World Electric

by Teddy Quinn

Safe 02:53
The Rain 04:59
Black Sheep 02:50
Get Up Early 04:08
Imagination 03:06


Telekin was an LA-based electronic/techno band (1980-1985) which recorded one single, "Imagination" and "Waiting for the Moment" - released in Belgium, Holland and Germany by Idiot Records produced by Craig Leon. Idiot also created an extended dance mix of "Imagination" for a 12" release. The band consisted of core members Ted (Teddy) Quinn (lyrics/lead vocals); Catherine Shinn (formerly Cathie Kimble) (composer/keyboards/vocals); Don Kaiser (keyboards); Elizabeth Taubman Taylor (keyboards/vocals); Debra Quinn (Ted's sister) (bass keyboards/vocals); Denise Fraser (drums for a majority of the band's time together). Other members in earlier incarnations included Ray Numui Jarvis (bass); the late Fred Drake (drums; Earthlings? Castle Bravo; founder of Rancho de la Luna Studio in Joshua Tree); Shawn Guerin (drums; Deadbeats; Bent); Steve Fishman (bass) and Gary Gruver (saxophone) (also Deadbeats; Bent). For a time the band was managed by the legendary Herb Cohen (Frank Zappa; Tom Waits). Telekin was a favorite of LA photographer Moshe Brakha and appeared regularly at the Lhasa Club in the early 80s. This album is a compilation culled from 100's of hours of recordings, salvaged, digitized and mastered by Don Kaiser in the early 21st century. "Imagination" is still popular among fans of 80s dance music. " The band was a tight-knit, warm, "family" ensemble, with Cathie's and Elizabeth's small children often seen dancing on the stage. There was nothing cold or calculated" about Telekin - in the words of one reviewer in Music Connection magazine, which performed in support of causes ranging from the National Organization for Women's efforts on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment to the St. Elmo's Art Village in LA. For a moment, the LA Weekly had Telekin as the "pick to click" in 1983.


released June 10, 2017

Produced By Don Kaiser
Cover photo by Moshe Brakha


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Teddy Quinn Joshua Tree, California

Ted aka Teddy Quinn, a singer, songwriter, artist, activist, journalist in Joshua Tree, California, helped foster the burgeoning Hi Desert Music community at places like Beatnik Cafe, Joshua Tree Saloon, Pappy & Harriets, Radio Free Joshua Tree & Rancho de la Luna, since the early 90s, helping to define the sound associated with this Bohemian outpost in the Mojave. TBA: An autobiodocart film! ... more

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