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"I Go to Extremes" is the fourth track on Billy Joel's 1989 album, Storm Front. It was released as the second single from the album in 1990. It peaked at the #6 position on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #70 on the UK chart. The song was also a Top 10 hit on both the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was also a Top 40 hit in Germany, peaking at #36 on the German charts.

According to Joel, the song is an apology that is directed to his then wife, Christie Brinkley. Joel was apologizing for his erratic personality. In live concerts, Joel would often jokingly create new lyrics for the chorus, such as "I go for ice cream", and "I got a new wife on the cover of Life." The song is believed to be about Joel's own lifestyle. The b-side to the single release was another song from the album, "When in Rome". The music video consists of Joel playing with musicians in a room.

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