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Artist: Tesla

Title: The Great Radio Controversy

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Tesla The Great Radio Controversy Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1989

Label: Geffen

Catalog Number: 9 24224-2


Jeff Keith vocals
Frank Hannon guitars
Tommy Skeoch guitars
Brian Wheat bass
Troy Luccketta drums


1.  Hang Tough  
2.  Lady Luck  
3.  Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)  
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  

If you see any errors or omissions in the CD information shown above, either in the musician credits or song listings (cover song credits, live tracks, etc.), please post them in the corrections section of the Heavy Harmonies forum/message board.

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Existing comments about this CD

From: diamond Date: March 15, 2001 at 0:01
This CD will appeal to fans of all kinds of straight–up metal. Light metal (Poison) and heavy metal (Megadeth) fans should have no problem agreeing on this one. Or any Tesla CD for that matter. Stand–outs (in order): 1. Hang Tough 2. Makin' Magic 3. Party's Over 4. Heaven's Trail (No Way Out) 5. The Way It Is Album Rating: 9

From: David Date: May 25, 2001 at 19:08
Diamond, you forget about the best song on the album - Be A Man

From: Roog Date: August 19, 2001 at 3:38
How can you NOT mention the amazingly wonderful Paradise? It's one of THE best self-pitying songs ever. Otherwise I totally agree with you, a superb record all through.

From: luis Date: November 24, 2001 at 16:53
love song rules !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! best of tesla......fuckin ignorants!!!!! mediocres....tesla rules

From: joe Date: December 14, 2001 at 1:12
Some average to good songs on here, but tracks 1,2,3,4,9,11 are monsters. Great band, traditionally influenced rock at its best.

From: marley's my son Date: February 15, 2002 at 18:26
I agree to all of the comments above. This is one kick-ass album that no hard rock fan should miss out. Skeoch and Hannon are two of the best guitar duo in rock (behind Watson and Gillis of Night Ranger), check-out the guitar solo of Flight to Nowhere.

From: Steve T Date: February 28, 2002 at 8:47
Fantastic album. Great hard driving heavy rock in the UFO vein. Flight To Nowhere and Hang Tough are TRUE classics.

From: jason Date: May 4, 2002 at 22:44
If you listen to this album you will know that they are 'old school' rock. Tesla came out in a time of hair bands, but they are more like a cross of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. A great guitar band! The way they blend accustic and electric guitars is outstanding. Much better than the hair bands they were up against in the late '80.Get this album!!!

From: Desslar Date: May 5, 2002 at 2:39
Good, and surprisingly heavy for Tesla. I think I prefer the debut, which is a bit more melodic.

From: Federico Date: May 5, 2002 at 3:53
This is my favorite,there is the best Tesla's songwriting. Hang tough, Lady luck and Love song are the best songs they made for my taste.

From: Curt Date: May 5, 2002 at 17:40
Another great album from Tesla. I just about wore this one out. Although they never really put another good one out like the first 2 these are a must to buy if you don't have them.

From: RichieRocker Date: June 23, 2002 at 7:04
Heavens Trail{no way out} is one of my favorite Tesla songs! This is a strong sophmore effort from the band, and they show no signs of letting up.

From: NoMachines!! Date: July 18, 2002 at 6:31
Not a bad song on this record.Anyone not familiar with Tesla's work, do not pass this up, this is a Tesla primer, for sure. Saw them at a small club in KC last year and it was one of the best shows I've been to, and I'm 39!! Lazy Days, Crazy Nights is my favorite on here.

From: Andre Tekken Date: August 5, 2002 at 11:43
This is their strongest effort so far!Kinda AC/DC, meets Def Leppard,meets Led Zeppelin!The guitar duo is one of the best so far!Razor cut like vocals also!I preffer the heavier,hard riffi'n tunes like:'Flight to Nowhere','Party is Over',but you also have radio blasting tunes like'Hang Tough','Lady Luck'and 'Maki'n Magic'!Plus the most honest radio friendly ballad ever'Love Song'!I give it an 87 out of 10!:PWith this record they began to sound very own!This is for 80's true hardrock lovers!

From: Baris Date: September 11, 2002 at 6:28
No need to mention too much. One of the best albums of pre-grunge era. Is there any new guitarist who didn't try to play the intro of 'Love Song'?!!!!!

From: Denny Date: September 14, 2002 at 13:54
Marley's my son - Tommy and Frank aren't behind anybody from Night Ranger. Desslar - this is THE most melodic Tesla album you'll buy - Mechanical was gritty melody, this one is polished melody. Think everyone'll admit, Be a Man is the most atrocious song Tesla have ever sneaked onto an album - very cool guitar solo on there though - that song might have worked if they speeded it right up, have they ever played it Live???? This is a brilliant album - get it.

From: The Fizzy One Date: September 15, 2002 at 16:25
After years of trying, I finally did figure out the intro to 'Love Song.' Just for th record. THIS is my favorite Tesla album, but just by the thinnest of pussy-hairs. I got this for Christmas in '89. I was in fourth grade, and this fucker grabbed me from the first time I played it. The only songs taht aren't perfect are 'To Be a Man' and 'Makin' Magic.' elfizzbo@hotmail.com

From: RichieRocker Date: November 5, 2002 at 21:50
'Did it for the money' 'Lady Luck' Heavens trail no way out' This album is kick you in the ass rock at its finest, another must have album, The other guys posts before mine summed it up already, get thisd album It will blow you away!!

From: drummerfish Date: December 19, 2002 at 9:47
this album is one of those great albums that isn't 'metal' sounding,and still sounds fresh(excluding love song & the way it is)troy is one of my playing influences and i met him at the namm show before the reunion tour.soon i'll have e-bay his autograph since i'm out of work! it sucks but i still listen to them on a daily basis.

From: Altay Date: December 30, 2002 at 21:11
the great cd of all time rock history.no comment!!! NO FUCKIN' MACHINES,JUST WOOD!!!!

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: March 24, 2003 at 1:52
Although Tesla emerged during the glory days of hair metal, they never completely fit the spirit of the times. Their music was well-produced pop-metal, to be sure, but they never indulged in the glammed-up excess that made cartoons out of many of their peers. Instead, Tesla's music was bluesy, no-frills, '70s-style hard rock; it concentrated more on solid musicianship than enormous, arena-ready choruses (or hairdos). Tesla has a grounded attitude and a genuine affection for old school hard rock.

From: Rocker65 Date: April 22, 2003 at 12:11
Tesla rocks and thats a fact. One of the most under-rated band though. Mechanical Resonance, Great Radio Controversy and Psychotic Supper are one of the best hard rock albums... Tesla, you made Nikola Tesla proud!

From: John Date: April 15, 2004 at 4:01
Love this CD, it doesn't sound dated even today, at least to my ears. Like Jason said, Tesla was part of the hair-band days but really didn't fit the pattern, and it's a shame they got lumped into that group. All 13 songs on this one are outstanding.

From: pozermaniac Date: April 26, 2004 at 11:07
Love Song is classic.But Hang Tough, Heavens Trail,Be a man, Flight to nowhere are the real ones.The album is so powerful as the first one.The intro of the Love song is must for every guitar player but you may have big balls to play with your guitar this one.Great band.

From: pozermaniac Date: May 2, 2004 at 18:46
One of the best 80s albums!

From: Date: May 10, 2004 at 17:53
Awesome cd, a successful follow-up to the first record. Hang tough is lethal, as is makin magic, and flight to nowhere. This is as good as the first record. They seem to have completely abandoned any trace of their original sound on the new disc. Please tesla come back to us.

From: jack Date: May 24, 2004 at 5:32
This album is electrifyingly good.Its as good as skid row's skid row,maybe even better!Tesla rocks!

From: blooze24 Date: May 30, 2004 at 10:17
Their BEST!!!! Actually I would go so far as to say this was one of the best cds from that time period, sort of an updated version of the Bad Company style??

From: Lynchomaniac Date: June 6, 2004 at 8:11
Tesla at their absolutely best, a magnificent gem! As mentioned earlier One of the best albums of the 80's

From: Metal Jay Date: August 2, 2004 at 21:51
In my opinion, not their best. I might in the minority there. But for certain, their best song. 'Love Song' is a beaitiful song. Oh god does that me gay? Nahhhhhhhhhh.

From: Marla (MJ) Date: August 2, 2004 at 23:45
OMG......NO, Metal Jay!! Does NOT make you gay for liking a GREAT song like 'Love Song'......it shows ya got a heart!! Personally, I love a man who appreciates a great love song!!! lol 'Paradise' is SUCH a great song too....but imo....Tesla has never done a BAD song...

From: Geoff Date: August 29, 2004 at 23:31
My favourite Tesla album and not a track I dislike. 'Hang tough' is great, 'Love song' is a gem, 'Flight to nowhere' is just hard rock bliss and the rest is sensational too. I love this disc! Killer hard rock.

From: Propane Date: December 1, 2004 at 17:21
Perfect piece of thought out hard work. What a mind blowing second release. Buy this one!

From: scarecrow Date: December 3, 2004 at 14:11
it is just a master piece there is no empty song in it. love song and paradise are the best ballads i have ever heard

From: danoq Date: September 13, 2005 at 1:12
If you look up ROCK & ROLL in the dictonary you will see a picture of TESLA!!!!! Legendary rock band!!!! Every release is worth picking up. Jam 'em all onto your iPOD and never stop. These guys will NEVER let you down!!!!!

From: glamcityrocks Date: April 27, 2006 at 12:33
Absolutely awesome album,for me their best cd.I remember back in the early months of 1990 this vinyl blown my mind and still doing these days now on cd,what great tunes superb Hang touch,Lazy days,Be a man.Tesla gave us a lesson of R'n'R, the whole album is a pure & deleted gem listen'Paradise','Makin magic'these are my favs without forget'lovesong' that brings memories of the best Led Zeppelin days, passionate vocals from Mr.Keith.just to add if you, love rock as I do don't miss this diamond

From: headbanger4life Date: May 30, 2006 at 5:15
This is my favorite release by these guys. You couldn't get this cassette out of my player with a crowbar when I first got it. It has truely stood the test of time with me and I keep coming back to it. Tesla can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. I remember the getting so pumped up everytime I heard 'Heaven's Trail'.

From: themartin Date: July 21, 2006 at 18:18
Definetively the best Tesla release. The reason? well, 'Hang Tough', 'Lazy Days, Crazy Nights','Lady Luck', 'Making Magic', uff should I go on? It's a clear improvement in the melodies from the 1st one,There is more rock in the first sole note from this album that in the entire Poison Catalogue.Hey Did I Mentioned that they never needed any image campaign for success? Tesla Rules!!! Aguante argentina! themartin88@hotmail.com

From: Dreamaholic Date: April 29, 2007 at 4:29
I like this CD, but it took some time to grow on me because it's a little harder edged than MR. In fact whenI saw the world premier video for Heaven's Trail, I loved it and hated it at the same time. But the CD grew on me and I do like it, just not as much as MR. There are some crummy songs on here like Be A Man and Paradise, but otherwise very solid. Unfortunately it was all downhill from here, as their sound got harder and less melodic, and the sales reflected it.

From: Rycheage Date: September 14, 2007 at 21:16
A little rawer than 'Mechanical Resonance' but that doesn't make it a bad album. 'Hang Tough', 'Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)' and 'Flight To Nowhere' just flat out rock. 'The Way It Is' and 'Lady Luck' are really good slabs of blues-rock as well. Last but not least 'Love Song' is one of the most beautiful ballads around. If you don't have this, then get it. It's that good.

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 10:15
This is one of the best Hard Rock Records ever and i heard thousands.

From: DOUG Date: August 20, 2008 at 13:15
perfect!!!!!!!! just listen ....HANG TOUGH....

From: MetalianStallion Date: January 15, 2009 at 23:31
Shooting the sophomore slump between the eyes. After giving the new Tesla a spin 'Forever More' with ho hum results IMO, it makes me yearn for yesteryear. This is a release of a band firing on all cylinders with one winning track after the next. Tesla was a original back in the day of hair-spray hell,even their name. Not going the route of the traditional 80's,let's name of the band after one of the founding members last names(Winger,Dokken,Keel,ect.) Taking the bands name from Nikola Tesla, the great inventor who got a raw deal in being cheated out of his dues for his life changing inventions. Musically you could say the same about this band being lumped in with much less talented acts of the genre. If your starting fresh with this band, get this release and 'Mechanical Resonance' for starters as they will be treasure troves in your collection.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 16, 2009 at 16:04
A fantastic album all around. I love Psychotic Supper for its creativity and diversity, but you just can't argue with one huge hook after another either. I guess this was the band's most 'commercial' release, but even then, they managed to work in more different moods and flavors than any of the other bands they got lumped in with (the lone possible exception being Cinderella, maybe). The choruses are big and memorable, the riffs come from all directions, and the lyrics actually have something to say. Really, there's not a bad song on the disc. 'Love Song' got to be such a big hit, people often overlook the weird arrangement it has, definitely not your average power-ballad. Neither is 'Paradise,' for that matter. Everybody loves 'Heaven's Trail' and 'Hang Tough,' but 'Party's Over' and 'Lazy Days' and just about every other song here had the same potential.

From: hair metal again Date: June 11, 2009 at 8:55
the bible of hair metal.enuff said

From: JamesEagle Date: October 22, 2009 at 9:45
Great album, much better than anything else I've heard by Tesla. 'Paradise' is my favourite song here, what an amazing guitar solo and a great song all round. Lots more songs to like though, for example 'Flight To Nowhere' is fantastic.

From: rockhardrock Date: April 16, 2011 at 6:01
another very good album by this band, but not as hard as their debut. my faves here: the way it is, heaven's trail, love song and hang tough.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 16, 2011 at 21:50
A very good follow after their great debut!!!...the band sounded more solid!!!...my faves are 'Hang Tough','Lady Luck','Be A Man','Lazy Days,Crazy Nights','Yesterdaze Gone'( ),'Flight To Nowhere' & 'Paradise'...really enjoyable stuff...90/100

From: edwithmj Date: January 13, 2015 at 11:54
This is the only Tesla album I can listen to without getting bored - but that's no good thing as there's still a fair amount of filler in here and I just can't stand Jeff Keith's Steven Tyler impression. Hang Tough is a decent opener but lacks a decent hook to keep me coming back; Lady Luck is an OK rocker; Be A Man is completely lifeless and dull but is annoying because it always makes me hope it will turn into something better; Makin' Magic is probably my favourite but purely for the guitars in it; Love Song is a lacklustre ballad made worse by Keith's horrendous Steven Tyler vocals; the album ends with the slightly above average rocker Party's Over. Their best effort by far but again, when the rest of Tesla's catalogue is subpar, it's not saying much.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 13, 2021 at 15:12
1989 was a banner year for party rock, in my view. You know how it is when you're young; everything seems so new and exciting. My family got cable TV in April, and for the rest of the year, I was glued to Dial-MTV and Hard 30 (their mini-Headbanger's Ball in the afternoon, which became Hard 60 for the summer); so much hard rock on that channel at that time. There are any number of albums I could have chosen for the top spot from this magical year in my life, but I'm going with Tesla. Great Radio Controversy is their best start-to-finish album. Jeff Keith's voice was in its sweet spot here, with some rasp he didn't have on the first album, but before he began audibly straining for high notes before giving up on them entirely. The band would later claim they were always closer to the Black Crowes than anything hair-metal, which is bullshit revisionist history (and I think Chris Robinson would be more than glad to tell them so, too).

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 13, 2021 at 15:22
But their music does have a more down-to-earth feel to match their relative lack of a visual image. Think in shades of denim blue warm brown instead of neon pink and green. But a lot of bands described as "blue-collar" are just bar-bands playing basic boogie and blues. Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch are both ace guitarists with very different styles that somehow work together. "Be A Man" and "Makin' Magic" are the closest things to filler on the album, but even those don't dip too far below the median, and that's rare for an album with so many songs. It was an extremely close call between this and Skid Row's debut, but I'm trying not to repeat bands in this little thought exercise.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 13, 2021 at 15:25
On a personal note, my first serious girlfriend (a few years older than me) was a huge Tesla fan, and that was one of the first things we bonded over, which lends their music a decidedly bittersweet quality.

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