At the most recent record show here in Charlotte, I found a couple bootleg CDs that I snagged up for a real cheap $5 each. Gotta love that. The first one I grabbed was from the band Extreme. The bootleg was called ‘Hollywood Rock 1992’ which was recorded from the rock festival Hollywood Rock down in Rio de Janeiro Brazil on January 26, 1992. The CD says it was a Freddie Mercury Tribute, but the band only played one Queen cover so not much of a tribute.
What I love about Bootlegs are the errors. Yes, they have errors. The reason why is the people that make bootlegs don’t give a crap about editing and making things perfect and accurate. They only care about getting out product. The first major error is where it was made. The album was made in Italy…however, the back cover says it was made in Itary. I have been looking at a globe for about 10 hours now and I can’t find Itary anywhere on it. Then it is the song titles…”Pornograffitti” is spelled as “Pornographiti” and what should be a Nuno acoustic guitar solo actually says that he sold his acoustic guitar.
What makes it even better is that they spelled everything correctly on the actual CD, but they used the wrong words at times. One error on the CD is on “Suzi” they called it “Suzi (Wants Her All Day Want?)” and it should be (Wants Her All Day What?). Then for “Decadence Dance” there is a drum solo and they list it as Pat but Pat plays bass. Paul is on drums.
It is time for the second collection of Van Halen memes from around the world. With David Lee Roth now opening for Kiss on the End of the Road Tour and then Billie Eilish not knowing who Van Halen is, I felt the world needed more memes celebrating and poking fun at the band. So, let’s “Jump” “Right Now” in to it. Enjoy…
Extreme has been around since 1985, but there debut album didn’t come out until 1989 and that one wasn’t as successful. However, their second album ‘Pornograffitti’ took them to the next level and brought them in to the mainstream. It was that album that I became a fan and it was through the song “More Than Words” that introduced me to the band. That song was nothing like the rest of the album and thank goodness. What I found on their records was a much more interesting band.
Extreme had an intelligence to their music and lyrics. For the first couple of albums, there was a childlike whimsy to the lyrics, but musically they were heads and shoulders above everyone else. They were lumped in to the Hair Band genre which was unfair as they weren’t anything like those bands. What I also loved about them is their use of Portmanteau. They way they would meld two words together to make a new one. They did this on all but one album…you have Pornograffitti, Politicalamity, Evilangelist and Americocaine. These songs always tackled a very serious topic in a very intelligent way.
The band broke up between 1996 and 2004, but thankfully got back together. They have only released 5 albums to date which is way too few. We need more. Until then, we will rank their 5 albums from the Worst to the First. I hope you enjoy.
WORST – SUADADES DE ROCK (2008):
If this is the band’s worst album, then dang, the rest must be incredible because this is a really great album. So why is it at the bottom? I will tell you. First, I have only had 10 years with this album and the rest I have had 25-30 years. Second, there are more tracks I didn’t like on this one then the others. Simple enough. I didn’t like the opening track “Stars” for starters and a few others, plus I actually had a few issues with Gary Cherone’s vocals. They weren’t as crisp as before. Musically though, this thing is great.
For My Sunday Song #142, we are going with a song by underrated Van Halen singer Gary Cherone. The song is “Once” off the album Van Halen III. The song wasn’t a single and the album wasn’t a hit, but it had some great songs and Gary Cherone (singer for Extreme) never got the recognition he deserved for this album. So we will give it here.
“Once” is an epic song at over 7 minutes long. It opens with the piano and is a much slower tempo song. There is a mystical and yet eerie feel to the song. And even a sadness as it seems to be about love loss. It is filled with so many layers and textures that you hear something different each time you give it a listen. It has an almost early Genesis feel to it.
The song focuses on the groove with the piano and Gary’s voice which is actually also understated in the song. but Eddie’s guitar work is also sensational. He dances in and out of the song and during the long instrumental break of the song, he is trying all sorts of things. It seems to be a very experimental song for them and I thought it worked as it was so different than everything else Van Halen had done.
Interesting on the song is that bass is played by Eddie and not Michael Anthony. In fact, on Van Halen III, Michael only played bass on 3 tracks. His time was numbered with the band by this point for sure.
I keep seeing news clips about possible Van Halen reunion stories from either Sammy and then Dave and then Sammy and I actually don’t care anymore. If it happens, it happens. Until then, shut the f##k up about it and let’s just celebrate the good and bad about Van Halen with these memes. Enjoy!
Everyone argues about Roth or Hagar…We are going to settle this once and for all…