Extreme – Extreme (1989)

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Extreme’s first album shows the band struggling to shed their influences, particularly Van Halen, and develop a style of their own, but guitarist Nuno Bettencourt is always worth hearing.

1 Little Girls
2 Wind Me Up
3 Kid Ego
4 Watching Waiting
5 Mutha (Don’t Wanna Go to School Today)
6 Teacher’s Pet
7 Big Boys Don’t Cry
8 Smoke Signals
9 Flesh ‘N’ Blood
10 Rock a Bye Bye
11 Play With Me
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Extreme – Pornografitti (1990)

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Extreme came into its own on the concept album Pornograffitti, with the band’s strongest set of songs and an intellectual theme revolving around the struggle for genuine love and romance in a sleazy, decadent society full of greed and corruption. The band shows a strong desire to experiment and push the boundaries of the pop-metal format, adding a funky horn section on “Get the Funk Out” and displaying progressive compositional leanings throughout, and virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt puts down his guitar for the enjoyable pseudo-lounge piano ballad of “When I First Kissed You.” But of course, the album is best known for its two acoustic-guitar-only hits, the number one ballad “More Than Words” and the equally fine full-band rocker “Hole Hearted.” Other highlights include “Decadence Dance” and “Song for Love.”

1 Decadence Dance
2 Li’l Jack Horny
3 When I’m President
4 Get the Funk Out
5 More Than Words
6 Money (In God We Trust)
7 It (‘s a Monster)
8 Pornograffitti
9 When I First Kissed You
10 Suzie (Wants Her All Day What?)
11 He-Man Woman Hater
12 Song for Love
13 Hole Hearted
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