Tesla were part of the hair metal scene just by virtue of being around at the time. The Stranglers had the same problem with being considered punk and getting lumped in with the negative side of the movement. To me Tesla were far better than most of the other bands around in the 80’s. I have no doubt that if they had formed in 1970 they would have been as great and as successful as they were in the 80’s. They were top class musicians and they wrote fantastic songs. Their album Five Man Acoustic Jam predated the whole MTV Unplugged format and is one of the finest acoustic albums ever made.