In 1971, Five Man Electrical Band released their biggest hit, Signs, on their Good-byes and Butterflies album. In 1990, hard rockers Tesla released their popular live album Five Man Acoustical Jam, which included covers of a number of tracks such as Lodi and We Can Work It Out. Their biggest hit from that album was their cover of Signs.
While Love Song is probably my favorite Tesla tune overall, Signs is a very close second. Tesla didn't stray too far from the original for their cover, but their acoustic version sounded great and actually sparked interest in Five Man Electrical Band for awhile.
Here's another live version of that track in Philadephia.
With a deep appreciation of artists such as Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and the early work of Elvis Presley, it's no wonder that I was drawn to rockabilly artists such as the Stray Cats and their frontman, Brian Setzer. In the late 1990's, Setzer's second major group, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, released an excellent cover of Big Band legend Louis Prima's Jump, Jive, 'an Wail.
That song, and the album it comes from, The Dirty Boogie, was one of the biggest catalysts in the swing/big band revival that flourished in the late 90's/early 00's.
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