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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: March 14, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B000002GIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Extreme's debut album is sometimes uneven but always fun. Van Halen influences are prominent, which is ironic given singer Gary Cherone's post-Extreme career. This album, like all of Extreme's work, is notable for Nuno Bettancourt's guitar playing, but the songs aren't bad either, mostly examining childhood from a playful but oddly mature perspective. "Kid Ego," their first single, is here, as well as "Mutha (Don't Want to Go to School Today)," "Little Girls," "Big Boys Don't Cry," and the rock-out finale "Play with Me." There are a few ballads as well: "Watching, Waiting" is particularly poignant and surprisingly spiritual in content. This album showed Extreme's considerable potential, which peaked with their second album, Pornograffitti. --Genevieve Williams

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I can only hope that this band will one day re-unite.
Bill Allison
Good to great metal from the late 80's that at least gives one another flavor as opposed to the same old stuff.
Mark H.
Extreme was one of the most underated bands of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Clark on July 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Oh thank goodness for Extreme. This album repersents the birth of the band later to save us in the 90's from the horad guitar trash littering the FM airwaves. Couple of the songs on here we could live without but over all excellent music. Got to love Play With Me, which was in the movie Bill and Ted Excellent Adventure. Also has some good quality slower song like Watching Waiting, or Rock A Bye. Great stuff!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Morrison Lewis on July 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This, ladies and gentlemen, is where it all started officially. This is the first studio album by the Legendary Extreme.
This is a goodd album, featuring such classic 80's rock songs as "Mutha" and "Play With Me," as well as many other quality songs.
However, I personally prefer the second half of Extreme's career, "3 Sides to Every Story" and "Waiting for the Punchline." They feature a fuller, more developed sound, "Extreme" still features a great raw, yet tight and original sound.
I recommend this to any fan of 80's rock and metal. And if you like this, there are three other studio albums and a greatest hits package just waiting for you.
Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sneaky Pete on February 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
At first listen, this début album seemed mediocre in its delivery! A couple of tracks, when FIRST reviewed, appeared to be simply composed as filler material. Quite a bit of its composition echoes forth earlier artists instrumental techniques and arrangement styles. As a listener, I had to make an effort to resist branding Extreme with a stereotypical label right out of the gate. Unfortunately, this group's worse critic was the passing of time, and the popular trends of that time. The release of this album took place during the dying age of 80's rock. Hair band's had reigned throughout much of the decade, and a changing of the guard was clearly taking place amongst the differing musical genres. Okay, enough of the history lesson...
This album exhibits great lyrical and instrumental composition! Gary Cherone's vocal execution is "A" 4/40 on many tracks. Rough enough to ride the jagged edge of heavy metal, but yet, well refined during tracks like "Rock A Bye Bye." And harmony! My god! The WHOLE band is able to contribute their vocal artistry on many of the songs contained within. I now have an adequate defense against the claims that that harmony is dead in today's modern music. Sure, my ear picks up reminiscent tones of earlier bands like Queen, but come on! I believe that even Freddy would be somewhat pleased with the little "Rock A Bye" ditty. No wonder Van Halen wanted Cherone as their front man when Sammy made his exit.
Nuno Bettencourt is phenomenal on this whole album. Perhaps I am hearing evidence of influential artists like Vetto Bratta, Brian May, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, and tidbits of others, but the clarity of keyed notes and technical mastery brings forth a refreshing cacophony of sound fidelity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Jarkousky on March 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In the late 80's and early 90's it was about how in your face you can get with your sound. Nobody was better at this art form then Extreme and this is where they started.

What I mean about "in your face" is not about speed, not about heavy and not about how popular you can get. It is about putting emphasis on every instrument including the vocals while still making the song melodic. Extreme did this, well to the Extreme.

What I find is a shame is that thier biggest hit and probably the only song Extreme will be remembered by is the Mega-hit "More Than Words" When it comes to music, does it really matter what the general public thinks. If you thought like them, you wouldn't even consider buying this CD no less be reading this review.

As for the record itself... read on

Even though this is probably the bands 3rd best recording, it still has a few stand out tracks. Mutha (Don't Wanna go to School Today) is a true 80's rock Anthem. Wind Me Up is filled with killer licks and overthe top vocal production. Play With Me shows off Nuno's A1 guitar skills. Not every track is top notch though(there are some weaker songs toward the end of the disc)

Overall this is one of the better releases from the late 80's hard rock genre. Ignore all who say Extreme was just a one hit wonder with a ballad and see for yourself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe White on May 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Often over-shadowed by their other albums Pornograffitti and III Sides, Extreme's self-titled debut is a good hard rock/hair metal release.
Extreme combines the funky swagger of Aerosmith, the art-rock approach of Queen and the guitar pyrotechnics of Van Halen on their debut. There is variety and solid songwriting on this cd. From the Van Halen-esque "Teacher's Pet" and "Mutha, Don't Wanna Go To School Today" to the Queen-like "Watching, Waiting" and "Rock A Bye Bye" to the funky, Aerosmith-influenced tunes like "Little Girls" and "Kid Ego", Extreme delivers on all fronts.
And then you get the finale, "Play With Me", which is just pure fun and 100% Extreme.
I'll admit, some of the songs aren't great but what they lack in greatness, they more than make up for in energy.
Good album. If you like Van Halen, Queen and Aerosmith, this may be a cd you can get into.
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