For My Sunday Song #85, it is time to go with a western feel with “Modern Day Cowboy” by Tesla. The song was the band’s second single on their debut album ‘Mechanical Resonance’ released in December of 1986. The single was released in 1987 and peaked at only #35 on the US Mainstream Rock chart which surprises me that this song and these guys didn’t blow up more than they did.
The song became an instant favorite of mine the second I heard it with that monster opening guitar riffs with Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch. Then the song changed up the guitars to acoustic and then back and forth with the electric guitars. The two were simply scary good. The whole cowboy theme song was probably take due to the success of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”.
“Modern Day Cowboy” takes you through some of the bad boy cowboys through time starting with Billy the Kidd; then going to the Original Gangsters Al Capone and Bad Boy Jones; and finally moving to present day with our leaders of U.S.A. & the U.S.S.R. and their six guns or in this case nuclear weapons.