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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.   Decadence Dance
  8.   Kid Ego
  9.   Little Girls
  10.   Wind Me Up
  11.   Rest in Peace
  12.   King of the Ladies
  13.   Seven Sundays
  14.   God Isn't Dead?
  15.   Cupid's Dead
  16.   Everything Under the Sun: III Who Cares?
  17.   Warheads
  18.   Money (In God We Trust)
  19.   Am I Ever Gonna Change II
  20.   Slide
  21.   Ghost
  22.   Big Boy's Don't Cry
  23.   It's a (Monster)
  24.   Everything Under the Sun: II Am I Ever Gonna Change
  25.   Rise n' Shine
  26.   Interface
  27.   Teacher's Pet
  28.   He-Man Woman Hater
  29.   Pornograffitti
  30.   When I'm President
  31.   Unconditionally
  32.   Shadow Boxing
  33.   Cynical
  34.   Our Father
  35.   Politicalamity
  36.   Am I Ever Gonna Change
  37.   Song For Love
  38.   There Is No God
  39.   Sex N' Love
  40.   Waiting for the Punchline
  41.   Red Blooded Woman
  42.   Everything Under the Sun: I Rise 'N Shine
  43.   When Will It Rain
  44.   Tell Me Something I Don't
  45.   Where Are You Going?
  46.   Who Cares?
  47.   Who Cares? III
  48.   Rise 'N Shine I
  49.   Medley: Kid Ego/Little Girls/Teachers Pet
  50.   Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
  52.   Nice Place To Visit
  53.   Peace (Saudade)
  54.   Flower Man
  55.   Last Hour
  56.   Run
  57.   Take Us Alive
  58.   Comfortably Dumb
  59.   Star
  60.   Fair Weather Faith
  61.   Evilangelist
  62.   Christmas Time Again
  63.   Evelangelist
  64.   Midnight Express
  65.   Hip Today
  66.   Tell Me Something I Don't Know
  67.   I Rise 'N Shine
  68.   Tragic Comic
  69.   Color Me Blind
  70.   Stop the World
  71.   Strutter
  72.   Acoustic Instrumental
  73.   Drum Solo
  74.   Do You Wanna Play/Rest in Peace
  75.   Help
  76.   Better off Dead
  77.   Discotheque
  78.   III Who Cares?
  79.   Tubthumping
  80.   Medley: Kid Ego
  81.   Ghost; Cupid's Dead
  82.   Learn to Love
  83.   Rock a Bye Bye
  84.   Watching, Waiting
  85.   Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
  86.   Li'l Jack Horny
  87.   Leave Me Alone