Won’t anyone invite me to a halloween party?
Back in the day, I was in an unfortunate predicament: I really liked hair metal. I got over that — and this is probably why I have such impatience with people who listen to crap. However, hair metal aside, I still have a fondness for guitar-shred virtuoso, California style. In fact, when it comes to punk, while I dig the whole old-skool UK and NY scenes, it’s always a riff from somewhere out in Southern California that catches my ear.
Anyway… for the past few nights in the truck, I’ve been jammin’ out to what I consider one of the great rock bands of all time, Tesla, and their album Five Man Acoustical Jam. Unfortunately, they pretty much got wiped off the map, swept under the rug with all the hair metal bands, when the Seattle scene came racing into the world. God bless record companies :-P. And while Tesla had their fair share of pop hooks, they were an all-out rock band. They weren’t worried about aqua-net, or spandex, or women in studded leather bras.
Tesla was all about hard-rockin’, blues-tinged jams. Black Crows-meet-Van Halen. Influenced by Aerosmith — and while I immensely respect Joe Perry — I’m still damn near convinced that Hannon and Skeoch were the best 1-2 guitar duo ever. If you can find a jam session better than that found on “Don’t De-Rock Me” (discounting “projects” or “special guest appearances”), I’d love to hear it.
1990′s Five Man Acoustical Jam, while not their best album, produced their biggest hit (their cover of the song “Signs”), and was most certainly the precursor to any of MTV’s wildly-successful “Unplugged” sets.
If you want good rock, great driving music, and some wonderful nostalgia, do yourself a favour, go out and buy a Tesla album.