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Tesla: Psychotic Supper (1991)

I was truly excited about this vinyl reissue because Tesla are one of my favorite ‘80s-bred hard rock bands, and because Psychotic Supper’s cover artwork was reproduced in full (the CD booklet was a foldout) to reveal the band’s unlikely patron saint, renegade inventor Nikola Tesla.

Which is ironic, since the members of Tesla initially rejected the moniker (hastily chosen because their original name, City Kidd, had already been claimed by another group), only to immediately start championing the misunderstood genius admired even by Einstein (*), never more obviously than with this LP’s electrifying lead-off single, “Man Out of Time Edison’s Medicine.”

Part of me wonders if this obsession with a long-dead scientist wasn’t a subliminal manifestation of the band’s discomfort for being associated with the fading hair metal scene, because they certainly tipped their hand with the previous year’s classic rock-worshipping Five Man Acoustical Jam, and stranger things have happened in rock and roll.

Or maybe they were just smoking a lot of grass, as evidenced by the very stoned “Change in the Weather” (which addresses the grunge elephant in the room) and “Toke About It,” the funk and jazz ingredients in “Time,” and further acoustic forays that range from the sardonic “Government Personnel” to the altruistic “What You Give.”

And when it’s not going retro, Psychotic Supper keeps piling on the HEAVY, via the speed metal charge of “Don’t De-Rock Me” and the weighty subjects of “Freedom Slaves” and “Song & Emotion,” their epic tribute to Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clarke. 

One thing’s for sure: Tesla seemed more aware of changing musical trends than most and were trying all kinds of things to hedge their bets as the mighty pendulum of commercial fashions began its inexorable swing away from the ‘80s environment they’d emerged from.

* The story, likely apocryphal, has it that when Einstein was asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive, he responded, “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Nikola Tesla.”

More Tesla: Mechanical Resonance, The Great Radio Controversy.

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