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.
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.
I know what you are asking…Why on Earth am I doing a Nickelback review??? I have asked myself that same question over and over again. But I do have a reason. I wanted to see if I could objectively review an album despite any prior biases I might have with the band. It was more of an experiment…a challenge.
Let me give you some history. I started out as a fan of Nickelback…I mean who didn’t back in the day. They wrote really catchy songs that got stuck in your head. Over time, that like became boredom as everything they ever did was the same old shit. No growth, no diversity. Then further on, they became a joke, a caricature of themselves.
Then they became down right irritating with stupid, worthless feuds such as the recent spat with Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor. Now I can’t even listen to Stone Sour’s album as a result. They both had albums coming out around the same time so the spat was probably planned for publicity that neither band really needed. It was so fucking stupid (excuse my language but it was).
That got me thinking even more (which is dangerous). Do I not like them anymore because of all the negativity that I have heard over the years or is it because they really aren’t that good. That thought intrigued me. So, I forced myself to try and wipe all that out of my head and do a solid review on this album as if it wasn’t Nickelback. As if I hadn’t heard of this band or had no idea who did the album. Did it work???