Extreme (US rock band)

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Extreme is an American rock band, headed by frontmen Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt, that reached the height of their popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Among some of Extreme's musical influences are Van Halen, Queen, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. The band played at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992 and Cherone joined Van Halen in 1996. The band has described their music as "funky metal" in the early days, but it would evolve much more in the mid-1990s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock.

They have released five studio albums, two EPs (in Japan) and two compilation albums since their formation. The band was one of the most successful rock acts of the early 1990s, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. Extreme achieved their greatest success with their 1990 album Pornograffitti, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200, and was certified gold in May 1991 and double platinum in October 1992. That album featured the acoustic ballad single "More Than Words", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Extreme 2
1990 Extreme II: Pornograffitti 4 5
1992 III Sides to Every Story 3.35 4
1995 Waiting for the Punchline 4 3
2008 Saudades de Rock 5 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 The Best of Extreme 2
2002 The Collection 1
2006 Videograffitti 1
The Best of Extreme 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Live USA 1
1992 1989-06-04: Marquee Westminster, CA, USA 1
2010 Take Us Alive 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Get the Funk Out 2
1990 More Than Words 3
1991 Hole Hearted 1
1992 Rest in Peace 1
1992 Song For Love 1
1992 Stop the World 1
1993 Tragic Comic 3
1994 There Is No God 1
1995 Cynical 1
1995 Hip Today 2
1995 Unconditionally 2

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