Posted by JT
The city of Boston, Massachusetts, boasts quite an impressive list of bands originating from that area: Aerosmith, The Cars, Powerman 5000, and, of course, Boston. Another rock group originating in Massachusetts is Extreme, featuring singer Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.
Extreme achieved massive success in 1990 with the ballad “More Than Words,” but that song was not representative of the band’s sound. A mixture of hard rock, glam metal, and funk, the band has a strong fan base despite a small discography. After a hiatus during the mid-90s through the mid-00s, Extreme returned with a new studio album in 2008 and live album in 2010.
Cherone and Bettencourt still tour today, and are scheduled to perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati next Tuesday. I’ve been listening to a lot of Extreme lately, and decided to resurrect an occasional series and take a stab at “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Extreme edition.”
The “Ultimate Mixtape” rules are pretty simple:
- Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
- That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
- Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixed of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
- Live albums…I’ve softened my stance over time. Live albums are a great way to sneak additional songs into the mix.
Let’s get into it…here is “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Extreme edition”…
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Exteme edition
- ”Play With Me” (Extreme, 1989)
- ”He-Man Woman Hater” (Pornograffitti, 1990)
- ”Mutha (Don’t Wanna Go To School Today)” remix (Extragraffitti, 1990)
- ”Cupid’s Dead” (III Sides to Every Story, 1992)
- ”Hip Today” (Waiting for the Punchline, 1995)
- ”King of the Ladies” (Saudades de Rock, 2008)
- ”Comfortably Dumb” (Take Us Alive, 2010)
The second half of the disc (the “bonus tracks”) is devoted to Extreme members’ other projects.
- Janet Jackson “Black Cat” (radio edit/video mix, 1990)
- Nuno Bettencourt “Bumble Bee (Crash Landing)” (The Guitars That Rule The World, Vol. 1, 1992)
- Queen with Gary Cherone and Tony Iommi “Hammer To Fall” (The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, 1992)
- Van Halen ”Without You” (Van Halen III, 1998)
- Mourning Widows “The Air That You Breathe” (Mourning Widows, 1998)
- Tribe of Judah “Left For Dead” (Exit Elvis, 2002)
- Satellite Party “Mr. Sunshine” (Ultra Payloaded, 2007)
- Hurtsmile “Just War Theory” (Hurtsmile, 2011)