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Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek’s debut solo album has been reissued

Deniz Tek’s groundbreaking first solo album ‘Take It To The Vertical’ featuring The Stooges’ Scott Asheton and Radio Birdman’s Chris Masuak will be reissued on March 19 Via Wild Honey Records.

Garage punk legend and Radio Birdman founder Deniz Tek will reissue his groundbreaking album Take It To The Vertical for the first time on vinyl, digital and DSP’s on March 19th via Wild Honey Records. 

Take It To The Vertical, originally released by Redeye/Polydor Records Australia in 1992, was Deniz Tek’s first solo album. Recorded at historic SugarHill Studios in Houston, Texas, the album features Radio Birdman’s Chris Masuak on guitar and keyboards; and The Stooges’ Scott Asheton on drums. There are extensive liner notes, never before seen photos, and a bonus track not on the original release.

This amazing album has been long out of print, rare, and nearly impossible to find. It will now be available worldwide from Wild Honey as part two of Deniz Tek’s work series of archival releases. 

Electrifying album opener Run Out of Water is now available for the first time on digital and streaming services. The track is accompanied by the 1992 original video, taken from the Australian TV show ‘Rage’. 

Deniz Tek is a guitarist, singer/songwriter and record producer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. His music career, grounded in late-60’s Detroit rock, extends through several decades and across continents. He is best known as a founding member of the influential and groundbreaking Australian independent punk band Radio Birdman.

Besides Radio Birdman, Deniz has performed in many solo and group projects and bands. He has toured internationally with the MC5 and has made live guest appearances with many notable artists, including The Stooges and Mitch Ryder.

He has had a prolific recording career, having played on more than 70 original releases. His roster of recording collaborators is extensive and includes Roy Head, James Williamson, Wayne Kramer, Dennis Thompson, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Scott Morgan, Ric Parnell and Keith Streng

In 2007, Deniz, along with Radio Birdman, was inducted into the Australian Music Hall of Fame. In 2013, Australian Guitar Magazine ranked Deniz number seven in the 100 greatest guitar players of Australia of all time. 

Deniz’s latest album is a collaboration with Stooges guitarist James Williamson. The CD and LP Two To One, was released in 2020 on Cleopatra Records.

Listen to Run Out Of Water on all streaming services.

Pre-order Take It To The Vertical Here.

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