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EXTREME – Pornograffitti

Extreme – Pornograffitti (1990, A&M Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Decadence Dance” … 6:49
2. “Li’l Jack Horny” … 4:51
3. “When I’m President” … 4:21
4. “Get The Funk Out” … 4:24
5. “More Than Words” … 5:34
6. “Money (In God We Trust)” … 4:11
7. “It (‘s a Monster)” … 4:24
8. “Pornograffitti” … 6:15
9. “When I First Kissed You” … 4:00
10. “Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)” … 3:38
11. “He-Man Woman Hater” … 6:20
12. “Song For Love” … 5:55
13. “Hole Hearted” … 3:39

Gary Cherone – Lead Vocals
Nuno Bettencourt – Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Pat Badger – Bass, Backing Vocals
Paul Geary – Drums, Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Dweezil Zappa – Guitar
Pete Christlieb – Sax
Joel Peskin – Sax
Bob Findley – Trumpet
Chuck Findley – Trumpet
Dick Hyde – Trombone
Bill Watrous – Trombone

Produced by: Michael Wagener

AKA – Extreme II: Pornograffitti. Great album. Extreme were a band I originally had a hard time getting into outside of the mega hits “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted”. Upon first listen, this album was just too much funk metal for me, but now I’ve seen the error of my ways. Funny enough, I felt the opposite about 2008’s Saudades de Rock… which didn’t have *enough* funk metal!

So besides the two previous mentioned songs (which didn’t really represent the band’s overall style accurately), there’s a number of monsters here. “Get the Funk Out” is probably my favorite Extreme song, it’s so big and bombastic and catchy. I love it.

Check out “He-Man Woman Hater” for some great work from Nuno.

Highlights: “Decadence Dance”, “Li’l Jack Horny”, “Get the Funk Out”, “More than Words”, “Pornograffitti”, When I First Kissed You”, “Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)”, “He-Man Woman Hater”, “Song for Love”, “Hole Hearted”

INCUBUS – Make Yourself

Incubus – Make Yourself (1999, Epic Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Privilege” … 3:54
2. “Nowhere Fast” … 4:30
3. “Consequence” … 3:18
4. “The Warmth” … 4:24
5. “When It Comes” … 4:00
6. “Stellar” … 3:20
7. “Make Yourself” … 3:03
8. “Drive” … 3:52
9. “Clean” … 3:55
10. “Battlestar Scralatchtica” … 3:49
11. “I Miss You” … 2:48
12. “Pardon Me” … 3:43
13. “Out from Under” … 3:28

Brandon Boyd – Vocals
Mike Eizinger – Guitar
Dirk Lance – Bass
DJ Lyfe – Turntables
Jose Pasillas – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Dave Holdridge – Cello on “Drive” and “I Miss You”
Cut Chemist – Scratches on “Battlestar Scralatchtica”
DJ Nu-Mark – Scratches on “Battlestar Scralatchtica”

Produced by: Scott Litt & Incubus

I picked this one up as it was released on a recommendation of a high school acquaintance. Eh, it’s okay. Alternative rock/metal isn’t really my thing (especially when it’s got a mellow side), but I was open to pretty much everything at that point in my life. There are a few good songs on it, but most of those are the singles and the rock stations where I lived at the time (Fort Walton Beach, FL) played them ad nauseam. So they don’t really do much for me anymore.

This album definitely helps define an era of my life though: the end of high school and the beginning of college featuring my brief jaunt moving back to Virginia (where a girl I was friends with/dated played this constantly).

Funny, when my friend recommended this CD, I figured they were a heavy metal band. “Incubus” just sounds like a band that should play harder and faster than these guys do.

Highlights: “Privilege”, “The Warmth”, “Stellar”, “Drive”, “Pardon Me”

Get. The. Funk. Out.

Am I the only one who really wants to cut that strap off Gary or at least pull the other one back up?

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