Teeth Records is an independent record label located in
Victoria, British Columbia Canada. It is owned and operated by Gareth
Gaudin who also writes, draws and publishes a comic book called, oddly
enough, Magic Teeth Comix. The following is a brief history of the label,
starting at its earliest incarnation and winding its way through to the
The first related publication was a zine called “Strictly
Street,” a black and white, photocopied skateboarding magazine
that lasted four issues between October and December 1988. These issues
were done by a then-fifteen year-old Gareth Gaudin and fellow skateboarder-slash-publisher,
Frank Bunce. Notable only for a series of pathetic cartoons drawn by the
obviously sub-par artist, Gareth Gaudin, Strictly Street should not, for
any reason, be searched out or asked for in any way. It exists here because
I want to be thorough in this history. I’m a good historian. And
thorough. Let’s leave it at that.
Strictly Street “folded,” Gareth moved
on to pursue his skateboarding career by traveling across North America,
Europe and Australia skating the various hot-spots and never passing
up a photo opportunity. Here’s a shot of him riding his board
up and then down the side of the world-famous Sydney Opera
House. Probably not illegal, but punk!
back home with a new batch of skate photos, Gareth then set to work
compiling, photocopying and distributing his next magazine: “Magic
was named after something that he thought was funny at the time: A
smug little preschool kid was asked, on one of those network television
shows about smug little preschool children being asked questions,
“What would you like to get your mother for Christmas?”
His answer was “Magic Teeth, so she never has to brush.”
Gareth thought it was funny because his friend Geoff Byatt was throwing
around the phrase “Corn Teeth” at the time. It was similar,
but now his own. Lame story, but there you have it. That’s the
“beginnings” of the empire. Can you hear it getting bigger?
became a comic book when Magic Teeth Comix #1 debuted on January 2nd 1993
while Gareth was working the desk at Island Fantasy, the long-standing
comic book shop in Victoria’s Market Square. Moving work places
one final time in August of 1993, Gareth acquired his position at Legends
Comics where he can still be found today.
Magic Teeth, the comic
series, has seen over sixty issues released over the past eleven years
and became, with issue #36 split into two distinct institutions:
Teeth Records and Magic
Record #1 was a seven inch vinyl 45rpm single that was tucked neatly inside
every copy of Magic Teeth Comix #36.
Since then, Magic Teeth Records has gone on to release records and CDs
by such musical combos as Bum,
Run Chico Run, Leeroy
Stagger, Ghosts, The Ewoks,
The Suite Sixteen, Astro Zombies,
Pingu and The Novaks, plus compilation
tracks by The Fastbacks, The Stand G.T.,
Carolyn Mark, Marshall Artist, Jim
Bryson, and Scott Henderson (among others).
As a company, Magic Teeth is currently running smoothly with an optimistic
future ahead of it and a healthy back catalogue behind. Please feel free
to browse the rest of the site, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions or comments you might have, or just throw your hands up in frustration
from the ineptitude of my third person historical autobiographical abilities.
Thanks for reading.