Here’s a leftover from THE WEEK OF SINGLES! Each day from November 18-22 we looked at recent single acquisitions. This review didn’t make the series as intended, but it’s still pretty rare with cool exclusives!
Monday: Van Halen – “Best of Both Worlds” 7″ single
Tuesday: Deep Purple – “Above and Beyond” CD and 7″ singles
Wednesday: Aerosmith – “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” 12″ single
Thursday: David Lee Roth – “Stand Up” 12″ promo remix single
Friday: Alice Cooper – For Britain Only EP
TESLA – “Edison’s Medicine” (1991 Geffen CD single)
It wasn’t that long ago that we had a look at Tesla’s damn good Psychotic Supper CD. We also reviewed the CD single for “Call It What You Want” and its non-album B-sides. I recently acquired the first single from Psychotic Supper, “Edison’s Medicine”. This one has two album tracks and two non-album covers. What makes this single a little more special than “Call It What You Want” is that these two B-sides have never been re-released on anything else, to my knowledge.
The A-side itself is one of the best tunes Tesla’s recorded to date. In my own review for the album, I stated that Tesla were “taking their love of Nikola Tesla to the Nth degree…What an incredible song. I still remember seeing the music video, and being blown away by the solos. Not only are there guitar solos, but Frank Hannon torments the theremin, before he slips on a bass and plays a bass solo too!”
“Had Enough”, the other album track on this single is equally heavy to “Edison’s Medicine”. It’s not as riveting melodically, but it burns rubber pretty hot. I’m quite fond of the song myself, even though in the grand scheme of things it wouldn’t make my own Tesla road CD. It’s just bubbling under, but it does cook!
Covers are always a tricky thing. You have to pick the right song, and you have to pull it off. Tesla chose the Montrose classic “Rock the Nation”. They definitely picked an appropriate song, as it fits in with the overall Tesla sound. They did a solid, workmanlike version of “Rock the Nation”, but it lacks the piercing, instantaneous charisma of the original. The drums are a tad too thuddy for my tastes, and as good a singer as Jeff Keith is, Sammy Hagar owns this one. Still, there’s nothing really wrong with it, it’s just not as special as it could have been. It sounds like it was knocked off as a quick B-side to record, and I’m sure that was the case.
I won’t act all cool as if I knew who Jo Jo Gunne are. I have never heard of Jo Jo Gunne. Apparently they were ex-members of Spirit, which also spawned Randy California. “Run Run Run” was a hit for them in 1972. I gave the original song a listen, and I can say that Tesla’s version is pretty authentic if a little bit harder. Who doesn’t love some great “Oooh, oooh, oooh” vocals? I sure do. That, and the catchy dual guitar melody (straight out of the Lizzy cookbook) make this one a keeper.
I paid £2.00 for this on Discogs. I consider that a good buy.