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Tesla

Although Tesla emerged during the glory days of hair metal, the band's music was equally indebted to contemporary blues and '70s-style hard rock, a fusion that helped differentiate albums like The Great Radio Controversy from its contemporaries. Despite the refreshing lack of posturing, Tesla was hit just as hard as the rest of the pop-metal world when grunge arrived in the early 1990s. They did produce one of the era's more respectable bodies of work, however, including three consecutive platinum-selling albums.

Although Tesla took shape in 1985 in Sacramento, CA, the musicians (vocalist Jeff Keith, the underrated guitar tandem of Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy Luccketta) had logged several years together under the name City Kidd. At their management's suggestion, the bandmates renamed their group after the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, who pioneered the radio but was given only belated credit for doing so. After playing several showcases in Los Angeles, Tesla quickly scored a deal with Geffen and released the debut album Mechanical Resonance in 1986. It produced a minor hard rock hit in "Modern Day Cowboy," reached the Top 40 on the album charts, and eventually went platinum. However, it was the 1989 follow-up effort, The Great Radio Controversy, that truly broke the band. The first single, "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)," was another hit with hard rock audiences and set the stage for the second single, a warm, comforting ballad named "Love Song" that substituted a dash of hippie utopianism for the usual power ballad histrionics. "Love Song" hit the pop Top Ten and pushed The Great Radio Controversy into the Top 20. Double-platinum sales figures followed as another single, "The Way It Is," also enjoyed some degree of airplay.

In keeping with their unpretentious, blue-collar roots, Tesla responded to stardom not by aping the glam theatrics of their tourmates, but by stripping things down. The idea behind 1990s Five Man Acoustical Jam was virtually unheard of -- a pop-metal band playing loose, informal acoustic versions of their best-known songs in concert, plus a few favorite covers ('60s classics by the Beatles, Stones, CCR, and others). Fortunately, Tesla's music was sturdy enough to hold up when its roots were exposed, and one of the covers -- "Signs," an idealistic bit of hippie outrage by the Five Man Electrical Band -- became another Top Ten hit, as well as the band's highest-charting single. Not only did Five Man Acoustical Jam reach the Top 20 and go platinum, but it also helped directly inspire MTV's Unplugged series, both with its relaxed vibe and its reminder that acoustic music could sound vital and energetic.

The studio follow-up to The Great Radio Controversy, Psychotic Supper, arrived in 1991 and quickly became another platinum hit. It didn't produce any singles quite as successful as "Love Song" or "Signs," but it did spin off the greatest number of singles of any Tesla album: "Edison's Medicine," "Call It What You Want," "What You Give," and "Song and Emotion." Perhaps that was partly due to Tesla's workmanlike hard rock, which didn't sound ridiculous if it was played on rock radio alongside the new crop of Seattle bands. The winds of change were blowing, however, and by the time Tesla returned with their 1994 follow-up, Bust a Nut, few bands from the pop-metal era had maintained their popularity. Bust a Nut did sell over 800,000 copies -- an extremely respectable showing given the musical climate of 1994, and a testament to the fan base Tesla had managed to cultivate over the years. Yet all was not well within the band, and Tommy Skeoch's addiction to tranquilizers resulted in his dismissal from the band in 1995.

Tesla attempted to forge ahead as a quartet, but the chemistry had been irreparably altered by Skeoch's exit, and they broke up in 1996. Most of the bandmembers began playing with smaller outfits, none of which moved beyond a local level. When Skeoch's health improved, however, the band staged a small-scale reunion in 2000, which quickly became a full-fledged effort. In the fall of 2001, the group released a two-disc live album, Replugged Live, which documented their reunion tour. Into the Now, which was co-produced by Michael Rosen (Testament, AFI), appeared in March 2004. A collection of '70s covers called Real to Reel arrived in 2007, by which time Skeoch had left the band once more and been replaced by Dave Rude. 2008 found the revised band releasing its seventh studio album, Forever More, an all-new collection of songs that saw the musicians reuniting with producer Terry Thomas, who had previously helmed 1994's Bust a Nut. ~ Steve Huey & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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What an AWESOME, AWESOME! BAND. . .one of my 'fave' songs' :)
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Saw them on July 21st. Opened for Def Leppard!! They were why I went!! Best concert to date!! Tesla ROCKS!!
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My favorite band ever!!
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Saw these guys in the 80s they rock. They opened for def leppard in the round I think they out did them that night. Should be given a lot more credit.
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On of the best bands.should be bigger then they are
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LOVE THIS SONG!
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cknight472
Life itself works in the most strangest of ways.
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First saw the video and heard this song on MTV 's Heavy Metal half hour show before Headbanger's Ball.
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GOING TO SEE THEM IN FLORDIA LAST WKEND OF AUG MELBOURNE FL THEN AGAIN THE NEXT DAY LOUISVILLE KY!!!!!!!!!
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Swa them last night awesome!
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Tesla is the BEST!!!!
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Great song
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jacesgrammy
Love some Tesla
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What a show though my girlfriend at the time this was her favorite band
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takes me back
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sha dubi sha dubi
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Love this song!!!!
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LsD that is axacly the way I feel about you lesta
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Saw Tesla a few times back in the day. At Lake Compounce in CT with Motley Crue. One of the best shows I've ever seen!!!!
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Gettin'Bette r , wat a great song.. Tesla is awesome in concert. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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ontraxx6
have seen them on the Hystoria in the round tour 4 times and they were just a good as the headliners. Man what good times and great meeting them
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mfijut0
Seen them live in fundianna
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robbiesworks
NUMBER 1 BY FAR!!!!!!!!
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OMG Edisons Medicine, greatest Tesla song ever written!!! wicked guitar work!
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I love you:)
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Great lyrics......
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I'll be seeing you guys in Maryland Heights, MO on August 4, 2015! So excited ��
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LOVE THIS SONG
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Oh Tesla love u
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Tesla take me back to high school !!! Playing in the band good times !!!!;-)
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beautiful song!
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Tesla will always rock.
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tesla is solid rock, i like these guys saw them in bar in Birmingham Ala
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One of the best bands of all time for me - others might not agree, but ask me if i care? Nope - Tesla Rocks!
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Always (NOT) a waste of my time!
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Love love this song ��������
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Love Song is another all time best ballads ever. No matter what ur doin or where u r this song stops u in ur tracks. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Can't wait to see tesla in June with my girls !!!
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Tesla was the best hair metal band in the 80s.
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TESLA ROCK! MODERN DAY COWBOY
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I have seen them 3 times and they have always put better show than headline band
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I love you,beautifu l song!!!!
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billyh02895
Greatest band to come out of the 80's ! Period! And there even more awesome now!!
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Tesla is the best just f**king awesome !
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Bringing back the in the day all time favorite
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mfijut0
Tesla great band
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Miss 80,s can't wait to see tesla
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Omg!!! I love you guys so much and im just a kid! I love Def Lepord too! Omg You guys are best buds. #TeslaAndDef L e p o r d L o v e r
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Also cannot wait for the leppard styx n TESLA show @PNC it always works out front 4 my birthday seen them in only 3 states but a ton in Jersey !!
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One of the greatest/ most underrated bands of all time.
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