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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.   Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today)
  6.   Play With Me
  7.   Wind Me Up
  8.   Decadence Dance
  9.   Kid Ego
  10.   Little Girls
  11.   Rest in Peace
  12.   King of the Ladies
  13.   Li'l Jack Horny
  14.   Money (In God We Trust)
  15.   He-Man Woman Hater
  16.   Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
  17.   It's a (Monster)
  18.   Color Me Blind
  19.   Tragic Comic
  20.   Who Cares? III
  21.   Teacher's Pet
  22.   Pornograffitti
  23.   Rise N' Shine
  24.   Warheads
  25.   Sex N' Love
  26.   Waiting for the Punchline
  27.   Everything Under the Sun: III Who Cares?
  28.   Who Cares?
  29.   Rise 'N Shine I
  30.   Am I Ever Gonna Change II
  31.   Last Hour
  32.   Comfortably Dumb
  33.   Rock a Bye Bye
  34.   Song For Love
  35.   I Rise 'N Shine
  36.   God Isn't Dead?
  37.   Stop the World
  38.   Cupid's Dead
  39.   II Am I Ever Gonna Change
  40.   Everything Under the Sun: II Am I Ever Gonna Change
  41.   Everything Under the Sun: I Rise 'N Shine
  42.   There Is No God
  43.   When Will It Rain
  44.   Tell Me Something I Don't
  45.   Where Are You Going?
  46.   Don't Leave Me Alone
  47.   Medley: Kid Ego/Little Girls/Teachers Pet
  48.   Ghost; Cupid's Dead
  49.   Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
  50.   Peace (Saudade)
  51.   Interface
  52.   Slide
  53.   Ghost
  54.   Flower Man
  55.   Run
  56.   Take Us Alive
  57.   Star
  58.   Fair Weather Faith
  59.   Evilangelist