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Tesla is an American band originating from Sacramento, California. The band formed in 1984 as City Kidd and was renamed to Tesla during the recording of their first album on the advice of their manager. According to the Love Song Songfacts, their name (and the inspiration for some songs) comes from Nikola Tesla, the legendary scientist and inventor who quite possibly is single-handedly responsible for the “mad scientist” trope. Originally, the group included Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitar), Tommy Skeoch (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums). In 2006, Skeoch was replaced by Dave Rude, who is now an official member of the band.

Tesla’s music fit well with the blasting sounds of their and contemporaries. Yet it was more bluesy and lyrics dealt with other themes than just the usual, girls, alcohol and violence. But what set them even more apart from their contemporaries was their t-shirt and jeans image, a ‘street’ look reminiscent of the Ramones (and other groups) that was in strong contrast of the leather, spandex, and flashy-make type look of the time.

The band’s early lifespan as City Kidd brought them considerable frustration, with them failing to break into the musical mainstream while also competing with another band with the same name. Their mutation into Tesla provided a clear shot at success. ‘Mechanical Resonance’, their debut that the boys released in 1986, became a commercial smash while also receiving significant critical praise. That album was certified platinum by the RIAA on October 5, 1989.


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  • Chrilu

    Sooooooo-hong and emotion...

    21 Apr 10:25am Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Rubberbaaaand, tootoorooteroo, tootoorooteroo..., rubberbaaaaand...

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • vvolfcry

    One of the most underrated Hard Rock bands of the 80s, should've been bigger. [6]

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
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    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mattimek

    + What You Give +

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • storagemusic

    I think simplicity might be the last studio CD TESLA every does or it will be 5 years before the next one comes out.. to me it doesn't have enough energy and I see it being turned into the next 5 man acoustic part 2 CD. which for me as well I want like that much since they lose even more energy from the music playing acoustic. simplicity does have a few good songs just not enough to make me want to stand up for.

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • NoWowNoMore

    Really underrated... [2]

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Cat_007

    Really underrated...

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Zaphbot

    The new album rocks!

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • p_d_m

    One of the most underrated Hard Rock bands of the 80s, should've been bigger. [7]

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ZkeMoNe

    GTA Vice City!

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HeavyW8lf

    real heavy metal

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • IronPenguin

    Unfortunately got the hair metal tag when they were a lot less ridiculous than most of those bands.

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • orm_carambar

    Paradise ❤

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    How the F is is possible that my number of plays here are so F'ing low of this band. Fabulous, one of the best live best btw I have ever seen.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Basterybdik

    can't agree with tag: "hair metal" \m/ One of eht best band ever 80' \m/

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Demolition88

    One of the most underrated Hard Rock bands of the 80s, should've been bigger. [6]

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DavidAlejo97

    Love iiiis all around you, love is knockin'...outside your doooor ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ I'm obssesed with these lines <3

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • IvanRebo

    Great band !!

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • chrisr72

    One of the most underrated Hard Rock bands of the 80s, should've been bigger. [5]

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
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