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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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    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    2 songs

    Wedding Songs

    Wedding Songs
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    1 song

    Love Songs

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

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