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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Simplicity

1. MP3

2. Ricochet

3. Rise & Fall

4. So Divine...

5. Cross My Heart

6. Honestly

7. Flip Side!

8. Other Than Me

9. Break Of Dawn

10. Burnout To Fade

11. Life Is A River

12. Sympathy

13. Time Bomb

14. Til That Day

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Track List: Twisted Wires & The Acoustic Sessions

1. Into The Now

2. Hang Tough

3. 2nd Street

4. Edisons Medicine

5. What You Give

6. Better Off Without You

7. Shine Away

8. I Love You

9. Changes

10. A Lot To Lose

11. Caught In A Dream

12. Song And Emotion

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Track List: Forever More

1. Forevermore

2. I Wanna Live

3. One Day At A Time

4. So What

5. Just In Case

6. Fallin' Apart

7. Breakin' Free

8. All Of Me

9. The First Time

10. Pvt. Ledbetter

11. In A Hole Again

12. The Game

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Track List: Real 2 Reel 2

1. All The Young Dudes

2. Make It Last

3. Shooting Star

4. Not Fragile

5. Street Fighting Man

6. It Is My Body

7. I Want To Take You Higher

9. Beer Drinkers And Hellraisers

10. Seasons Of Wither

11. Saturday Night Special

12. War Pigs

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Track List: Real To Reel

1. Space Truckin'

2. Walk Away

3. Hand Me Down World

4. Bad Reputation

5. Thank You

6. I've Got A Feeling

7. Day Of The Eagle

8. Ball Of Confusion

9. Rock Bottom

10. Stealin'

11. Bell Bottom Blues

12. Honky Tonk Women

13. Dear Mr. Fantasy

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Track List: 2004: Into The Now

1. Into The Now

2. Look @ Me

3. What A Shame

4. Heaven Nine Eleven

5. Words Can't Explain

6. Caught In A Dream

7. Miles Away

8. Mighty Mouse

9. Got No Glory

10. Come To Me

11. Recognize

12. Only You

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Track List: The Best Of Tesla

1. Modern Day Cowboy

2. Hang Tough

3. Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)

4. Love Song

5. The Way It Is

6. Signs

7. Edison's Medicine

8. What You Give

9. Call It What You Want

10. Song & Emotion

11. Try So Hard

12. Mama's Fool

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Track List: Time's Makin' Changes The Best Of Telsa

1. Modern Day Cowboy

2. Gettin' Better

3. Little Suzi

4. Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)

5. The Way It Is

6. Love Song

7. Signs (Live)

8. Paradise

9. Edison's Medicine

10. Song & Emotion

11. What You Give

12. Mama's Fool

13. Alot To Lose

14. Steppin' Over

15. Changes

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Track List: Psychotic Supper

1. Change In The Weather

2. Edison's Medicine

3. Don't De-Rock Me

4. Call It What You Want

5. Song & Emotion

6. Time

7. Government Personnel

8. Freedom Slaves

9. Had Enough

10. What You Give

11. Stir It Up

12. Can't Stop

13. Toke About It

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Track List: Five Man Acoustical Jam (Live)

1. Comin' Atcha Live / Truckin' (Live)

2. Heaven's Trail (No Way Out) (Live)

3. The Way It Is (Live)

4. We Can Work It Out (Live)

5. Signs (Live)

6. Gettin' Better (Live)

7. Before My Eyes (Live)

8. Paradise (Live)

9. Lodi (Live)

10. Mother's Little Helper (Live)

11. Modern Day Cowboy (Live)

12. Love Song (Live)

13. Tommy's Down Home (Live)

14. Down Fo' Boogie (Live)

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Track List: The Great Radio Controversy

1. Hang Tough

2. Lady Luck

3. Heaven's Trail

4. Be A Man

5. Lazy Days, Crazy Nights

6. Did It For The Money

7. Yesterdaze Gone

8. Makin' Magic

9. The Way It Is

10. Flight To Nowhere

11. Love Song

12. Paradise

13. Party's Over

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Track List: Mechanical Resonance

1. EZ Come EZ Go

2. Cumin' Atcha Live

3. Getting' Better

4. 2 Late 4 Love

5. Rock Me To The Top

6. We'er No Good Together

7. Modern Day Cowboy

8. Changes

9. Little Suzi

10. Love Me

11. Cover Queen

12. Before My Eyes

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Track List: 10 Live!

1. Modern Day Cowboy (Live)

2. Love Song (Live)

3. Signs (Live)

4. Little Suzi (Live)

5. Heaven's Trail (No Way Out) (Live)

6. The Way It Is (Live)

7. What You Give (Live)

8. Hang Tough (Live)

9. Call It What You Want (Live)

10. Gettin' Better (Live)

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Track List: Inferno

1. Inferno

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Everybody needs a special kind of love!!....yu p ! !
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BUCK ROGERS RIP OFF!
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Paradise is my favorite song of all time
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Jeff Keith dedicated love story to my husband and I at Konocti Harbor it was one of the best nights of my life and my husband's!!
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Ooooh let's talk about paradise baby....
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❤❤❤❤❤
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It's What You Give
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Tesla Rocked St. Louis in 2015 with Def Leppad and they are going to rock St. Louis again with Def Leppard and REO in 2016
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tesla rocked Las Vegas!
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Awesome band live... Can't wait to see them at the X!!!!!
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I will get to see Def Leppard and Tesla along with REO in August 2016
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Damn I love this band and the song hits so close to my heart...LOVE
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I have seen tesla 7 Times and I am going to see them in June and then I ran into Jeff at Wal-Mart in Roseville ca
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speechdr1
I'm enjoying taking guitar lessons from Tommy Skeoch. He has released two solo albums. He continues to amaze me with his riffs. Learning them has been a trip and has added to my bag of tricks like you wouldn't believe!
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I SEEN TESLA 3 times....... L U V LUV LUV......... . . T H E M . . . . . . I ' L L BE RICHER BY FAR WHEN.......M Y DREAMS COME TRUE........ X X X X X X X O O O O O O
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F**KING UP The SCENERY WITH ALL THESE SIGNS!!!!
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I WAS....ON.TH E FRONT ROW....LISTE N I N G . . T O T H I S SONG...FROMT E S L Z .
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Going to see them live with Def Leppard.
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Love Song and Emotion.
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Psychotic Supper is The S**t!
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Love Tesla such a Awesome band !!! ❤️❤️❤️
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Whoever said something about a band called Sweet Vine, they are good. It's funny how these good bands never get big, and you got big bands that suck( not like Tesla.)#itst h e w a y i t i s
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plugged
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Great band why cant i find the Rockets Rocket Roll album?
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Just in case I don't make it to Heaven!! ♥★♥★♥★♥★
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Happy Birthday day!!!
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I may not be a millionaire, but I do have a big heart! Happy Valentine's Day! (My birthday, for real)
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It's not what you got, it's what you give!!!! That's a fact!!
I saw these guys in concert last year in 2015 In St. Louis, MO....AWESOM E FKING GROUP❤❤❤
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white power
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Remember seeing them in Odessa Texas in 1988 great show and kick a** music.
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Saw Tesla in the 80's open up for Def Leopard on their Pyromania Tour!! Tesla was great, and after that tour they were no Longer a opening act!!
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F**k yeah....Rock da F**k on.....
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My favorite band as a,teen. Many posters on the wall. Cassettes and cds. Lol.
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Saw them twice this last year with Def Leppard! First time Stix played also. Second time whats left of Foreigner played with Tesla and Def Leppard
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I seen Tesla Three times....doe s n ' t matter....Wh o Gets the Best of....Who... . . . . . The way It Is....Xxxxo. . . . . , T H A T S . . . . . . . t h e way it Goes...XXXXO O O O O
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God Bless Tony❤️
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@WHITE ROSE ANGEL:
No, hadn't heard of them (Sweet Vine) but look 'em up & they sound great!!
We'll see what 2016 brings...pea c e -
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My ex-husband was a little brother Steve King ( drummer, vocals, some strings) was in a small time rock bands Sweet vine
don't know if you ever heard of them, Chrisana8!??
He Used to jam with Tesla all the time…I believe he still has sessions on occasion....
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Happy new year! Peace....
0;o)))
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Another great song (What You Give) to bang-out on the acoustic/sit t i n g around the house!!
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Opening two lines (2 Late 4 Love) says it all!!
Haven't seen a bad Tesla show yet!!
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I saw Tesla back in the 80's with my brother I've always loved their songs!!! A couple years ago I got to share my love for Tesla with my daughter at house of blues in Myrtle Beach SC they were even better what a awesome mother daughter night out we'll never forget it!!!!
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you dont post this you will be injured ( you won't die ). Now you started reading this so dont stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. This is so scary that it actually works.
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Good Good Love
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Great band..
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Bruce Hornsby did not write this song.
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Saw them Last week in Pensacola, FL. Seen them 3 other times and they are still one of the Rock Bands. Mechanical Resonance is in my top 3 albums of all time!
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One of two greatest bands of ALL-TIME!!! Very under appreciated! ! !
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Still Kickin A**!!!
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Everyone needs someone
Everybody needs a special kind of love
Can't think about nothin but your good good love��
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Absolutely!! ! ! Its not what you got, it's what you GIVE!!!
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