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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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Stations Featuring

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

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