By Chuck Klosterman
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Traditionalists usually prefer their harder-rocking debut (1986’s Mechanical Resonance) and kids who played hackey sack enjoyed 1990’s deadheaded Five Man Acoustical Jam, but The Great Radio Controversy is still the best record Tesla ever made. ” Of course, I still can’t understand why the fuck this band cared who “really” invented the radio, and I still occasionally catch myself mispronouncing their name “Telsa,” just like every other kid at my school. Come to think of it, we always seemed to erroneously call their first album Mechanical Renaissance too.
To be honest, the rest of the record hasn’t aged that well. Ratt struggled with the fact that they had a rote delivery; they seemed a little too musically serious and never had the luxurious sleaze factor of the grittier Sunset Strip groups. They were able to slide by on the strength of an unappetizing band name and smart marketing (the Out of the Cellar cover shot was a postapocalyptic image of Tawny Kitaen that made them seem auspicious), but all they really had were a few good songs and Stephen Pearcy’s bangs.
And Justice for All, and that’s intentional. Apparently, his musical exclusion was part of Newsted’s “hazing” for having the gall to replace Cliff Burton, the original Metallica bassist who died when a bus fell on him in Europe. To be honest, it’s too bad that bass moratorium was eventually lifted. Ever since this LP came out in ’88, Metallica has evolved into a remarkably average band who just happen to play really loud. ” But maybe that’s what people like me said about Zeppelin in 78. ): Generally poohpoohed by most devout Halenheads, I find this their most endearing effort.