Like their eccentric namesake, Tesla have always operated slightly outside the mainstream. In an era when glam-metal ruled the airwaves and MTV, the hard-rocking Sacramento-based band stuck to their own brand of melodic hard rock, rife with probing lyrics, evocative imagery, and thoughtful, classical-based guitar riffs. After garnering impressive reviews for their 1986 debut, and scoring a Top Ten hit in 1990 with the progressively wandering opus "Love Song," the band also set a precedent by releasing an all-acoustic, mostly covers live album that featured another Top Ten in the '70s protest anthem "Signs." The group put in a solid decade of recording and quietly dissolved in the mid-'90s. They re-formed several times in the 200s, releasing live and covers albums, and several new studio albums into the 2010s.