Release date
24 Jan 2006
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Little Girls 3:47 9,506
2 Wind Me Up 3:37 8,733
3 Kid Ego 4:05 15,038
4 Watching, Waiting 4:56 6,749
5 Mutha (Don't Wanna Go To School Today) 4:52 8,710
6 Teacher's Pet 3:01 8,383
7 Big Boys Don't Cry 3:34 7,265
8 Smoke Signals 4:13 6,848
9 Flesh 'N' Blood 3:32 6,663
10 Rock A Bye Bye 5:57 6,035
11 Play With Me 3:31 39,420

About this album

Extreme is the first studio album of Boston funk-metal band Extreme, released on March 14, 1989. Despite being released on a major label, the album did not sell very well and produced two singles: “Kid Ego” and the radio-only “Play With Me”. It would not be until their next album, Pornograffitti, that the band would become well known.

Musically, the record is dominated by muscular metal guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed metal solos. The record foreshadowed the extraordinary technical guitar-playing prowess of Portuguese-born guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, which would be more fully revealed on the band’s subsequent release, Pornograffitti.

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.

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,” “Big Boys Don’t Cry,” and the rock-out finale “Play with Me”.

“Play With Me” was featured in the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure during the mall-chase scene, as well as in Jury Duty as Pauly Shore’s stripping song.

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  • Re-Kramer

    Kick ass album!

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • hadomaru

    This album is more Van Halen than Van Hagar got in all of their albums.

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tomba93

    This album rocks!! Nuno's guitar work on this one is killer... The best Van Halen album they never recorded.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • imagesk8r6969

    Mutha (Don't Wanna Go To School Today) is the best. =D

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Pretty damn good album! Another of these awesome late 80's / early 90's hard rock / hair metal classics although this album is highly underrated.

    27 Jun 2008 Reply
  • BlisteringDDj

    So fucking awesome!!

    13 Nov 2007 Reply
  • secretsociety92

    Guitar work on here is amazing!

    1 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Funkafonik

    Stunning guitar work on this one... highly underrated.

    28 May 2007 Reply

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