Mechanical Resonance (album)

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Mechanical Resonance
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Studio album by Tesla
Released December 8, 1986
Recorded Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York, 1986
Genre Hard rock
Length 53:28
Label Geffen
Producer Steve Thompson, Michael Barbiero
Tesla chronology
Mechanical Resonance
The Great Radio Controversy
Singles from Mechanical Resonance
  1. "Little Suzi"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Modern Day Cowboy"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Metal Forces (9.3/10)[2]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[3]

Mechanical Resonance is the debut album by the American hard rock band Tesla, released in 1986. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA on October 5, 1989.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "EZ Come EZ Go"   Frank Hannon, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta, Tommy Skeoch, Brian Wheat 3:32
2. "Cumin' Atcha Live"   Hannon, Keith, Wheat 4:25
3. "Gettin' Better"   Hannon, Keith 3:20
4. "2 Late 4 Love"   Keith, Skeoch, Hannon, Luccketta, Wheat 3:50
5. "Rock Me to the Top"   Keith, Skeoch 3:38
6. "We're No Good Together"   Hannon, Keith, Luccketta 5:15
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Modern Day Cowboy"   Hannon, Keith, Skeoch 5:19
8. "Changes"   Hannon, Keith, Luccketta, Skeoch, Wheat 5:02
9. "Little Suzi" (Ph.D. cover) Jim Diamond, Tony Hymas 4:55
10. "Love Me"   Hannon, Keith, Wheat 4:15
11. "Cover Queen"   Hannon, Keith 4:32
12. "Before My Eyes"   Hannon, Keith, Luccketta, Skeoch 5:25
Total length:

Song information[edit]

  • "Cumin' Atcha Live" is generally the first song played at concerts by the band. It is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • "Modern Day Cowboy" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
  • "Gettin' Better" was released as the second single from the album on February 10, 1987. The B-side was "Rock Me to the Top".
  • "Little Suzi" is a cover of the Ph.D. song "Little Suzi's on the Up" and was the highest charting single from the album.


Band members



Chart (1986) Peak
The Billboard 200[5] 32

Singles and album tracks[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Modern Day Cowboy" Mainstream Rock Tracks[5] 35
1987 "Little Suzi" Billboard Hot 100[5] 91
1987 "Little Suzi" Mainstream Rock Tracks[5] 22


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Mechanical Resonance - Tesla". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Dave (1986). "Tesla - Mechanical Resonance". Metal Forces (20). Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  3. ^ Considine, J.D. (1987-05-21). "Tesla: Mechanical Resonance : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  4. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Tesla". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Mechanical Resonace Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-01-05.