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Extreme's music was never easy to classify, since it rarely confined itself to heavy metal, hard rock, or pop. The Massachusetts-based band formed in 1985; guitarist Nuno Bettencourt had already played in a local band with bassist Pat Badger, while singer Gary Cherone fronted his own group with drummer Paul Geary. The two bands eventually merged, and Cherone and Bettencourt formed a songwriting partnership that would soon place Extreme atop the Billboard charts, if only for a short period. Coupling the technical proficiency of Bettencourt's guitar with a funky rhythmic base, the band issued a self-titled debut album in 1989. It peaked at number 80 -- a modest showing for a new, unseasoned band -- and the song "Play with Me" was used to orchestrate the chase scene during Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Extreme had begun to earn respect in the heavy metal world, but it wasn't until the arrival of the band's follow-up effort, Pornograffitti (particularly the the Everly Brothers-style acoustic ballad "More Than Words"), that a mainstream audience latched onto the group's sound. "More Than Words" became a number one hit, while its follow-up single, an acoustic-based pop/rocker named "Hole Hearted," hit number four. Extreme were now one of the most popular acts in the pop-metal genre, but the looming arrival of grunge music -- not to mention the band's own shifting tastes -- combined to make Extreme's reign relatively short-lived. The band's third album, III Sides to Every Story, was an ambitious effort whose sales (while strong at first) couldn't match those of Pornograffitti. Geary left the lineup soon after, seeking a career in music business instead, and a revised version of the band (featuring the percussion of Mike Mangini, formerly of Annihilator) returned in 1995 with Waiting for the Punchline. It, too, suffered from a lack of sales. Accordingly, Extreme's bandmates announced their breakup the following year. Bettencourt went on to launch a solo career and issued the Schizophonic album in 1997; he then released two additional albums with his band Mourning Widows. Meanwhile, Cherone enjoyed a brief stint as the vocalist for Van Halen. His one album with the band, 1998's Van Halen III, was slammed by critics and fans alike, resulting in poor sales and Cherone's speedy exit. A 13-track best-of collection named An Accidental Collision of Atoms kept Extreme's legacy alive in 2000, and the band quietly reunited in 2004 for a small series of shows. The reunion gigs continued into 2008, when a new album, Saudades de Rock, marked the group's first batch of new material in 13 years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andrew Leahey
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   More Than Words
  3.   Hole Hearted
  4.   Get the Funk Out
  5.   Play With Me
  6.   Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today)
  7.   Kid Ego
  8.   Decadence Dance
  9.   Little Girls
  10.   Wind Me Up
  11.   Rest in Peace
  12.   King of the Ladies
  13.   Who Cares? III
  14.   Warheads
  15.   Cupid's Dead
  16.   Slide
  17.   I Rise 'N Shine
  18.   Politicalamity
  19.   He-Man Woman Hater
  20.   Pornograffitti
  21.   It's a (Monster)
  22.   Everything Under the Sun: III Who Cares?
  23.   Everything Under the Sun: II Am I Ever Gonna Change
  24.   Peace (Saudade)
  25.   Interface
  26.   Ghost
  27.   Song For Love
  28.   Money (In God We Trust)
  29.   Unconditionally
  30.   Shadow Boxing
  31.   Cynical
  32.   Our Father
  33.   Am I Ever Gonna Change
  34.   There Is No God
  35.   Sex N' Love
  36.   Waiting for the Punchline
  37.   Everything Under the Sun: I Rise 'N Shine
  38.   Tell Me Something I Don't
  39.   Dance Machine
  40.   Where Are You Going?
  41.   Don't Leave Me Alone
  42.   Medley: Kid Ego
  43.   Who Cares?
  44.   Rise n' Shine
  45.   Rise 'N Shine I
  46.   Am I Ever Gonna Change II
  47.   Medley: Kid Ego/Little Girls/Teachers Pet
  48.   Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
  49.   Flower Man
  50.   Last Hour
  51.   Run
  52.   Take Us Alive
  53.   Comfortably Dumb
  54.   Star
  55.   Fair Weather Faith
  56.   Der General
  57.   Teacher's Pet
  58.   Christmas Time Again
  59.   When I'm President
  60.   Evelangelist
  61.   Leave Me Alone
  62.   Midnight Express
  63.   Hip Today
  64.   Tell Me Something I Don't Know
  65.   God Isn't Dead?
  66.   Tragic Comic
  67.   Color Me Blind
  68.   Strutter
  69.   Drum Solo
  70.   Never Been Funked
  71.   Better off Dead
  72.   Help
  73.   Acoustic Instrumental
  74.   Tubthumping
  75.   When Will It Rain
  77.   Learn to Love
  78.   Evilangelist
  79.   Rock a Bye Bye
  80.   Flesh N' Blood
  81.   Big Boy's Don't Cry
  82.   Watching, Waiting
  83.   Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
  84.   Li'l Jack Horny
  85.   III Who Cares?
  86.   II Am I Ever Gonna Change
  87.   Seven Sundays
  88.   Stop the World
  89.   Naked
  90.   Peacemaker Die