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Tesla (Official Thread)

Discussion in '80's Music' started by Slip'nn2Darkness, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Slip'nn2Darkness

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    Tesla...The band named after Nikola Tesla.. The master of lightning...:heybaby:
    How cool is that name for a Rock band???

    Tesla Official Website

    Discography

    So here we go.. Let's dig into a great 80's band who IMO.. Had it's shit together.. So many great hits.. Such a great story with Jeff Keith being a trash collector before he hooked up with the guys who went by "City Kidd" and then went on to become... Tesla..

    Here's the write up..

    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.

    Studio Albums

    1986 Mechanical Resonance
    1989 The Great Radio Controversy
    1991 Psychotic Supper
    1994 Bust a Nut
    2004 Into the Now
    2007 Real to Reel
    2007 Real to Reel, Vol. 2
    2007 A Peace of Time
    2008 Forever More
    2011 Twisted Wires and the Acoustic Sessions


    Here's a few golden jewels from the band...
    Love Song


    Edison's Medicine


    What You Give


    You guys know the drill.. Post your favorite Tesla songs... There's tons of them...:grinthumb
     
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  2. LG

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    Magic is a Big Tesla fan Thumper...she has corrupted me somewhat I have two of their CD's now myself.

    Here's one of my albums..."Reel To Reel".

    Hand Me Down World (Guess Who cover)


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    OK poke me in the eye if I'm wrong LG.. But is that a cover of the "Guess Who"???? Nowdays it could be a song that was written by Elvis if you know what I mean..:heheh: But ya.. Tesla is sweet on the ears.. listened to thier greatest tonight.. Had to show some love...:D
     
  4. Lynch

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    Tesla = one of the best and most talented rock bands of the mid to late 80's into the 90's. Their first few albums are almost flawless with incredible writing and playing.


    In my opinion, they have long been unfairly grouped into the "hair metal" or "glam metal" genres and they are NOT the least bit hair metal. They were a straight up, in your face rock band!
     
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    The whole CD is cover's Thumper...so it's understandable.:heheh:

    I have a greatest hits as well, but I like most of the covers they did on the album I posted.:tup:
     
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    Truth Lynch.. They amoung other bands were shoved into that genre.. And it really stumps me why... I mean why is it that if a band pulls out some awesome rocken tunes and a few excellent ballads AND they have long hair AND from California .. they are labeled a Hair band??? Really a odd thing and makes about as much sense as KISS not being inducted in the RARHOF...:heheh:
     
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    I have a thing for the whole Glam/Hair moniker,,,I mean what the hell...they are just hard rock bands that play with an edge to me. And how many musicians have Long Hair....more than I can possibly count.
     
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    :bow:

    Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)
     
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    :heheh: I know LG.. It makes me wonder who's steering this ship.. Let's not forget what music does for us.. as a collection.. we don't analize it till you have a billion pieces in front of you and your looking for a place to put it in a genre group.. PALEZE... it's just Rock and Roll for hell sake...:lmao:
     
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    All I know is that this was one hell of a rock band (and still is). Very few tunes on even the later albums that I don't like. As for Mechanical Resonance, Great Radio Controversy, and Psychotic Supper....

    KICK ASS all the way!
     

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