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|Released||March 14, 1989|
|Genre||Heavy metal, glam metal|
|Singles from Extreme|
|The Daily Vault||C+|
Extreme is the first studio album of Boston funk-metal band Extreme, released on March 14, 1989. Being released on a major label, the album sold modestly well at around 300,000 units. It produced four singles: "Little Girls", "Kid Ego", "Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today)" and the radio-only "Play with Me". It was not until their next album, Pornograffitti, that the band become well known.
Musically, the record is composed of catchy guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing and fast soloing. The record foreshadowed the technical prowess of guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, which was more fully realized on the band's subsequent release Pornograffitti. Songs such as "Watching, Waiting" and "Rock a Bye Bye" are more in the vein of Queen, with three-part harmony and focus on slower, melody-based guitar solos from Bettencourt. The band later noted Queen as a major influence on their style.
Lyrically, the album is dominated by themes associated with childhood. This focus is particularly evident in the first single, "Kid Ego", as well as "Mutha (Don't Want to Go to School Today)", "Little Girls", "Teacher's Pet", "Big Boys Don't Cry" and the rock-out finale "Play with Me".
"Little Girls", "Kid Ego", "Mutha (Don't Wanna Go To School Today)" and "Play With Me" were released as singles.
Production and marketing
The record was recorded by Mack, and engineered by Mack and Bob St John. It was mixed by St John and Bettencourt.
The album was marketed as a glam metal record, consistent with the band's own image at the time its release.
All songs written by Cherone & Bettencourt, except "Mutha (Don't Wanna Go To School Today)" by Cherone, LeBeaux & Hunt.
- "Little Girls" – 3:47
- "Wind Me Up" – 3:37
- "Kid Ego" – 4:04
- "Watching, Waiting" – 4:54
- "Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today)" – 4:52*
- "Teacher's Pet" – 3:02
- "Big Boys Don't Cry" – 3:34
- "Smoke Signals" – 4:14
- "Flesh 'n' Blood" – 3:31
- "Rock a Bye Bye" – 5:57
- "Play with Me" – 3:29**
* Short extra solo added on the vinyl release. The writing credits read Cherone & Bettencourt, but in fact the song was written by Hal LeBeaux and Peter Hunt (music) and Gary Cherone (lyrics) of The Dream. It was also included on their 1984 eponymous EP. Later it became an item of the Extreme classic catalogue and was re-recorded for the first Extreme album.
- Pat Badger – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Nuno Bettencourt – guitar, synthesizer, piano, backing vocals, percussion, orchestration, mixing
- Gary Cherone – lead & backing vocals, design, logo design
- Paul Geary – drums, percussion, backing vocals, logo design
- The Lollipop Kids – background vocals (tracks 5, 11)
- Jeff Gold – art direction
- Nigel Green – mixing on tracks 2 and 3
- Mack 10 – engineer
- Mack – producer on all but 2 and 3, engineer
- Rapheal May – harmonica
- Bob St. John – engineer, mixing
- Harris Savides – photography
- Howie Weinberg – mastering
|Year||Album / Single||Peak chart positions|
|Billboard 200||US Mainstream Rock||AUS|
|"Kid Ego"||-||39 ||-|
- Allmusic review
- The Daily Vault review
- "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
- A&M Records History A&M Records. Accessed January 22, 2011.
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