Tesla - “Edison’s Medicine” (Psychotic Supper, 1991)
Somewhat cheesy video for a great Tesla tune highlighting the attention and accolades paid to Thomas Edison (among others) over the the band’s namesake, inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla. To lend further credence to the band’s claim that Tesla’s genius was often overlooked and that his inventions were “appropriated” by other scientists and inventors, I never once learned about Tesla in school, only discovering him on my own after purchasing the band’s debut album.
Grinder Blues is a blues-based power trio made up of King’s X’s dUg Pinnick on bass/vocals and roots rock brothers Jabo and Scot Bihlman on guitar/vocals and drums/vocals, respectively. The idea behind the band was to offer a fresh, updated take—or, to quote Jabo Bihlman, a “heavy, twisted take”—on 1950’s Chicago blues but to avoid all the clichés of the genre while keeping the music simple and fun. And according to dUg, to “rock out.”
Good grief, dUg must be one of the hardest working men in rock ‘n’ roll right now.