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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 titled "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 titled 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. It was followed by a lengthy tour, and the next few years saw the band continuing to write new material and tour occasionally, but between Bettencourt going on tour with Rihanna and Cherone's new project Hurtsmile, Extreme kept getting put on the sidelines. In 2016 the band released Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown, an audio/video presentation of its 2015 concert at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Casino. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring

    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    2 songs

    Wedding Songs

    Wedding Songs
    1 song

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    1 song

    '90s Pop

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   More Than Words
  3.   Hole Hearted
  4.   Get the Funk Out
  5.   Kid Ego
  6.   Decadence Dance
  7.   Wind Me Up
  8.   Little Girls
  9.   Play With Me
  10.   Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today)
  11.   Rest in Peace
  12.   King of the Ladies
  13.   Am I Ever Gonna Change
  14.   Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
  15.   There Is No God
  16.   Discotheque
  17.   Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
  18.   Flower Man
  19.   Smoke Signals
  20.   Watching, Waiting
  21.   When I'm President
  22.   I Rise 'N Shine
  23.   Naked
  24.   It ('s a Monster)
  25.   Tragic Comic
  26.   Waiting for the Punchline
  27.   Red Blooded Woman
  28.   Rise n' Shine
  29.   Interface
  30.   Ghost
  31.   Run
  32.   Take Us Alive
  33.   Learn to Love
  34.   Comfortably Dumb
  35.   Star
  36.   Evilangelist
  37.   Big Boy's Don't Cry
  38.   Teacher's Pet
  39.   Song for Love
  40.   He-Man Woman Hater
  41.   When I First Kissed You
  42.   Pornograffitti
  43.   Money (In God We Trust)
  44.   Li'l Jack Horny
  45.   Unconditionally
  46.   Leave Me Alone
  47.   Midnight Express
  48.   Hip Today
  49.   Tell Me Something I Don't Know
  50.   Cynical
  51.   God Isn't Dead?
  52.   Color Me Blind
  53.   Cupid's Dead
  54.   Warheads
  55.   Help
  56.   Politicalamity
  57.   Sex N' Love
  58.   Slide
  59.   Shadow Boxing
  60.   No Respect
  61.   III Who Cares?
  62.   II Am I Ever Gonna Change
  63.   Our Father
  64.   Peacemaker Die
  65.   Tubthumping
  66.   Seven Sundays
  67.   Nice Place To Visit
  68.   Sunrise
  69.   Rock a Bye Bye
  70.   Flesh N' Blood
  71.   Peace (Saudade)
  72.   Stop the World
  73.   Last Hour

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