Mechanical Resonance (album)

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Mechanical Resonance
Tesla Mechanicalresonance.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 8, 1986
StudioBearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
ProducerSteve Thompson, Michael Barbiero
Tesla chronology
Mechanical Resonance
The Great Radio Controversy
Singles from Mechanical Resonance
  1. "Modern Day Cowboy"
    Released: January 1987
  2. "Little Suzi"
    Released: March 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[4]
Metal Forces9.3/10[5]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[6]

Mechanical Resonance is the debut studio album by the American hard rock band Tesla, released in 1986. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA on October 5, 1989.[7]

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," the first single from the album, 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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."EZ Come EZ Go"Frank Hannon, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta, Tommy Skeoch, Brian Wheat3:33
2."Cumin' Atcha Live"Hannon, Keith, Wheat4:25
3."Gettin' Better"Hannon, Keith3:20
4."2 Late 4 Love"Keith, Skeoch, Hannon, Luccketta, Wheat3:50
5."Rock Me to the Top"Keith, Skeoch3:38
6."We're No Good Together"Hannon, Keith, Luccketta5:15
Side two
7."Modern Day Cowboy"Hannon, Keith, Skeoch5:19
8."Changes"Hannon, Keith, Luccketta, Skeoch, Wheat5:02
9."Little Suzi" (Ph.D. cover)Jim Diamond, Tony Hymas4:55
10."Love Me"Hannon, Keith, Wheat4:15
11."Cover Queen"Hannon, Keith4:32
12."Before My Eyes"Hannon, Keith, Luccketta, Skeoch5:25


Band members



Chart (1986) Peak
Billboard 200 (US)[8] 32

Singles and album tracks[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Modern Day Cowboy" Mainstream Rock Tracks (US)[9] 35
"Little Suzi" Mainstream Rock Tracks (US)[9] 22
Billboard Hot 100 (US)[10] 91


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  2. ^ DiVita, Joe (November 9, 2016). "Top 30 Hair Metal Albums". Loudwire. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of the Eighties". Guitar World. Archived from the original on December 24, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 353. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  5. ^ Reynolds, Dave (1986). "Tesla - Mechanical Resonance". Metal Forces. No. 20. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Considine, J.D. (May 21, 1987). "Tesla: Mechanical Resonance : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 27, 2007. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  7. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Tesla". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Tesla Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Tesla Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Tesla Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2018.