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25 Years Ago Today....They got the "Funk Out"


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Dateline: Boston, Mass August 7, 1990


The Boston quartet Extreme, released their 2nd album "Pornograffatti" which went double platinum. The album featured the acoustic ballad single "More Than Words", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as, the #4 hit "Hole Hearted". They described their music as "funky metal" in the early days, but it would evolve much more in the mid-1990s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock. The band was one of the most successful rock acts of the early 1990s, selling over 10 million albums worldwide.


The album is a concept album in which many of the songs explore themes of sex, money and excess is viewed, exploited, and trivialized in American culture, though the album's two biggest hit songs ("More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted") deal more generally with the topics of love and relationships. Broader themes hint at the decadence of modern American society in general.


All four members are still with the band, except drummer, Paul Geary, is now the bands manager. Geary founded Global Artist Management in Boston in 1995. One of his first signings was the then little-known Boston rock band Godsmack who would go on to sell more than twelve million albums under his watch. Geary's management credits include The Smashing Pumpkins, Alter Bridge, Godsmack, Creed, The Scorpions, Fuel, Steel Panther, Jason Bonham, Hoobastank, Myles Kennedy, and Extreme.


Gary Cherone was also the lead singer for Van Halen from 1996-1998.


Saw these guys at Bogart's back in January for the Pornograffitti 25th Anniversary Tour 2015, simply incredible, played the entire album front to back, and songs from other albums.



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