The Great Radio Controversy

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The Great Radio Controversy
Tesla The Great Radio.jpg
Studio album by Tesla
Released February 1, 1989
Recorded 1988
Bearsville Studios,
New York, USA
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock[1]
Length 59:18
Label Geffen
Producer Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero
Tesla chronology
Mechanical Resonance
The Great Radio Controversy
Five Man Acoustical Jam
Singles from The Great Radio Controversy
  1. "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Hang Tough"
    Released: 1989
  3. "Love Song"
    Released: 1989
  4. "The Way It Is"
    Released: 1990
  5. "Paradise"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

The Great Radio Controversy is the second album by American rock band Tesla, released in 1989. The songs combine 1980s metal with some blues-influenced elements, as well as the occasional love ballad. The record features many two-part counterpoints provided by guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, on both electric and acoustic guitars.

The hit singles "Love Song", "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)", "Hang Tough" and "The Way It Is" received considerable MTV airplay and rocketed the band to stardom. Many tracks on this album later received acoustic versions on their follow-up album, Five Man Acoustical Jam, a precursor of the Unplugged trend.

The album is titled after the controversy about the identity of the inventor of radio. It is posed that Serbian engineer Nikola Tesla (whom the band is named after) is the true inventor of radio, while the Italian Guglielmo Marconi took the credit and is widely regarded as having the title. The album's inner sleeve recounts this story.

The album was certified double platinum by the RIAA on July 23, 1998.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hang Tough" (Jeff Keith, Tommy Skeoch, Frank Hannon, Brian Wheat) – 4:21
  2. "Lady Luck" (Keith, Skeoch, Hannon, Wheat) – 3:39
  3. "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" (Keith, Skeoch) – 4:41
  4. "Be a Man" (Keith, Hannon, Skeoch) – 4:20
  5. "Lazy Days, Crazy Nights" (Keith, Skeoch) – 4:26
  6. "Did It for the Money" (Keith, Skeoch, Hannon) – 4:25
  7. "Yesterdaze Gone" (Keith, Hannon) – 3:43
  8. "Makin' Magic" (Keith, Skeoch, Hannon, Wheat) – 5:03
  9. "The Way It Is" (Keith, Troy Luccketta, Skeoch, Hannon) – 5:14
  10. "Flight to Nowhere" (Keith, Skeoch, Hannon, Wheat) – 4:43
  11. "Love Song" (Keith, Hannon) – 5:20
  12. "Paradise" (Keith, Wheat, Hannon) – 4:59
  13. "Party's Over" (Keith, Hannon, Skeoch) – 4:24






Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 18

Singles and Album Tracks

Year Single Chart Position
1989 Hang Tough Mainstream Rock Tracks 34
1989 Love Song Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1989 Love Song Billboard Hot 100 10
1990 The Way It Is Mainstream Rock Tracks 13
1990 The Way It Is Billboard Hot 100 55
1991 Paradise (Five Man Acoustical Jam version) Mainstream Rock Tracks 28