Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

This week's video is for a song that was pretty much my theme throughout junior and senior high, except that I'd have to swap out "Mutha" for "Fatha." And, honestly, I'd have to also swap out "don't wanna" for "not gonna." But don't use me as an example, kids. Stay in school. Drink your milk. But, you can still watch this video. It's the classic slacker anthem, "Mutha (Don't Wanna Go To School Today)" by Extreme.

Extreme was one of those bands who enjoyed a little spurt of major success and then basically dropped off the radar, which is unfortunate since they were actually one of the better hard rock bands around in the late '80s/early '90s. I got to see them live in 1993, opening for Bon Jovi, and they were fantastic. I never would have admitted it at the time, being the rabid Jon and Richie fan that I was, but in a completely just world, Extreme never would have been Bon Jovi's supporting act. But, aside from their big hits "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted," that was the way it went for Extreme...they never really got their due. The band was always overshadowed by others with more style and less substance.

Some of you may remember that lead singer, Gary Cherone, briefly became Van Halen singer #3 in the late '90s. When I first heard about it, I really thought it might work because, in my opinion, Cherone had a better voice than both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. However, the few songs I heard from Van Halen III were pretty horrific, especially since Cherone seemed to be going for a "Sammy Lee Roth" sound, full of growling, screeching and yowling.

I prefer to just forget about Gary's VH stint and remember him fondly as Extreme's frontman. And now that a bunch of good Extreme songs are buzzing around my head, I've decided to make this a two-fer Tuesday and also give you "Get The Funk Out." This song features one of Nuno Bettencourt's best guitar solos and...c'mon, you gotta love those horns! (On a humorous side note, the person who posted this video on YouTube spelled the band's name "Extream." Who says rock music rots your brain?)


Les Becker said...

I don't remember that song at all... but I feel that way every morning. I'm worse now than when I was in high school with the exception that I actually go to school. Mostly.

Ellie said...

OMG!!!! That was awful...it was like disney kids gone bad...really really bad.

I didn't know they had any other song aside from more than words.

See how much I know.


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