Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

After scaring all of my tuff male readers off last week with that Leo Sayer madness, I've decided to try to win them back with a little bit of ugly boy rock. Break out your air guitars, dudes, and rock out with your you-know-whats out to "Little Suzi," from Tesla's 1986 debut, Mechanical Resonance.

I don't think that Tesla ever got the appreciation that they deserved. They were sort of lumped in with all the slick hair metal bands of the time, but their music was much more rooted in classic rock and their "regular guys" image reflected that. It's unfortunate for them that they were trying to make a go of it in the MTV age because, well, look at poster-boys of rock at the time. Jon Bon Jovi. Vince Neil. Kip Winger. White Lion's Mike Tramp. Now take a peek at good ol' Jeff Keith here. That's definitely a face for radio. The whole band, quite a real motley crew (with the possible exception of guitarist Tommy Skeoch), made it as far as radio could take them. But in the '80s, videos were the music industry's driving force, and Tesla would always take a backseat to the pretty boys.

Those of you who diss this selection can suck it. Tesla 4-evah!!




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9 comments:

pistols at dawn said...

I just really enjoy the spotlight they cast on one of science's most misunderstood stars.

fran said...

I always kinda liked Tesla. I once saw them on a double bill with Great White and they were good. "Modern Day Cowboy" is a kickass song, too.

evil-e said...

I was long over hair bands by the time they arrived on the scene. All I remember about them is my best friend blasting them in his Monte Carlo on the way to wherever.

Writeprocrastinator said...

Your love and appreciation of Tesla suggests that you come from Nor Cal instead of the Burgh.

Put "hella" in a sentence and I will dub thee an Honorary Northern Californian.

Falwless said...

Nothing can beat "Love Song."

Jon said...

I love Tesla. And, hate to agree with Falwless, but Love Song is a classic...

Tony Alva said...

Tesla kicks major ass and your right, they got lost in the hair metal haze. I'd say Great White qualifies the same way.

PLEASE no more Leo Sayer...

BeckEye said...

Kids, "Love Song" was voted the most popular song by my high school graduating class. Wonderful, wonderful song. But it's in no danger of being forgotten, like poor "Little Suzi" here. That's why she gets the video honors. That, and because she's on the up, whatever the hell that means.

Historical Wit said...

Rock the F**k on Tesla! I got them in my rotation on my mp3 player in the wood shop. Can't plane wood without em.

 

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