Friday, January 9, 2015

CD Review: Universal Music Revisits Extreme's Break-Through Album "Pornograffitti"

Back in 1990, "hair metal" bands were ruling the charts with ballads. Everyone from Skid Row to Poison and even Kiss had hit singles being played all over the radio. One up-n-coming band from Boston also had dreams of ruling the airwaves with their sophomore album. The band is Extreme and their album "Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale)" cracked the top 10, but not until the following year, when their acoustic ballad "More Than Words" was everywhere. It was one of the biggest selling singles of 1991 and propelled the band to musical stardom.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the Boston-based band's platinum selling album "Pornograffitti" and to celebrate, Universal Music is releasing a deluxe version of the album on January 20th. To co-inside with this release, Extreme are also hitting the road, performing the album in its entirety.

The new two-disc set contains the entire album on the first disc, remastered from the original tapes. Five singles were released from this album. Everything from the hard rock of "Decadence Dance" to the unplugged feel of "Hole Hearted" was on this release. The harmonizing of "More Than Words" and "Song For Love" compared Extreme to music icons Queen, and guitarist Nuno Bettencout was the second coming of Eddie Van Halen, but the songs were fun and easy to sing along with. Teenagers would scream the lyrics to "Get The Funk Out," while adults would swoon to the piano bar ballad "When I First Kissed You." It was an album for everyone to enjoy as it sold over 5 million copies in North America alone.

The second disc may be disappointing to some as it features rare mixes and b-sides that die-hard fans would already own, but to finally have them altogether is nice. The ten-song disc features four slightly different versions of "More Than Words" and two extended remixes of "Get The Funk Out," which only leaves four more songs. Of the final four, the best ones are the b-sides "Nice Place To Visit" and "Sex N'Love." While the two songs would have added very little to the overall flow of the original album, each song features that great rocking Extreme sound.

The twelve-date tour begins in Uncasville, CT at the Mohegan Sun Casino on January 16th and runs through to the end of the month. The band will be performing the entire album, straight through for the first time ever along with some fan favorites. To find out more about this new deluxe edition of Extreme's sophomore album "Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale)," please visit

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