Mama Told Me (Not To Come) ~ Three Dog Night

three dog nightThree Dog Night is an American rock band, best known for their music from 1968—1975 but still making live appearances as of 2008.

The band started with three lead vocalists – Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells – who landed a recording contract with Dunhill Records in Los Angeles. They made some early recordings with Beach Boys producer, composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Brian Wilson, and initially went by the name Redwood. Shortly after changing the band’s name, the vocalists hired a group of backing musicians – Michael Allsup on guitar, Floyd Sneed on drums, (Mickey McMeel on drums from 1973 to 1976), Joe Schermie (from the Cory Wells Blues Band) on bass, and Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards – and soon became one of the most successful bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s Their band road manager was Thomas H. Eggleston.

Three Dog Night earned 13 gold albums and recorded 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, 7 of which went gold. Their first gold record was “Easy To Be Hard” (U.S. #4), from the musical Hair. They had three U.S. number one songs: “Mama Told Me Not to Come” (which was also their only Top 10 hit in the UK), “Joy to the World”, and “Black and White”. Dunhill Records claimed 40 million LP units sold by them during that time period.

Their covers of songs by Randy Newman (“Mama Told Me Not to Come”), Laura Nyro (“Eli’s Coming” (U.S. #10)), Russ Ballard of Argent (“Liar” (U.S. #7)), Hoyt Axton (“Joy to the World”), Elton John and Bernie Taupin (“Lady Samantha” & “Your Song”), John Hiatt (“Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here” (U.S. #16)), and Leo Sayer (“The Show Must Go On” (U.S. #4)) were the first major hits for songs by these singer/songwriters. According to the commentary in the above-mentioned CD set, Elton John later credited their cover of “Your Song” with being a major factor in catapulting him to stardom. They also popularized songs by Harry Nilsson (“One” (U.S. #5)) and Paul Williams (“An Old Fashioned Love Song” (U.S. #4)).

Joe Schermie quit in 1973 and was replaced by Jack Ryland. The band then became an eight-piece with the induction of another keyboard player, Skip Konte. By 1976, Negron had become the principal vocalist, the streak of hit records had ended and a dissatisfied Hutton left the group. The group disbanded the following year, at least partly due to Negron’s drug addiction problem.

Mama Told Me (Not To Come)

Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” is a song by Randy Newman written for Eric Burdon’s first solo album in 1966.

Newman says that the song was inspired by his own lighthearted reflection on the Los Angeles music scene of the late 1960s. However, the song is not strictly autobiographical; Newman uses a green narrator, a sheltered and extraordinarily strait-laced young man, who recounts what is presumably his first “wild” party in the big city. The young man is so shocked and appalled by everything he sees (including cigarette-smoking, whiskey-drinking, drunkenness, and loud music) that–in the well-known chorus of the song–he recalls his “mama told [him] not to come.”

The first recording of “Mama Told Me Not to Come” was made by Eric Burdon & The Animals. A scheduled single-release of September 1966 was withdrawn but the song was eventually included on their 1967 album Eric Is Here.

Newman’s own version of his song was released on the 1970 album 12 Songs and was characterized by Newman’s mid-tempo, rollicking piano accompaniment as well as Ry Cooder’s understated slide guitar part, both of which give the song the feel of a bluesy Ray Charles-style R&B number.

Three Dog Night released a longer, rock ‘n roll and funk-inspired version (titled “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”) on It Ain’t Easy. Three Dog Night’s version had the same 3/4 by 2/4 time change as Eric Burdon’s version and featured Cory Wells singing lead in an almost humorous vocal-style,  Jimmy Greenspoon playing a Wurlitzer electric piano, and Michael Allsup playing his guitar, which sounds like a violin on the recording.

Mama Told Me (Not To Come) – Randy Newman

Want some whiskey in your water?
Sugar in your tea?
What’s all these crazy questions they’re askin’ me?
This is the craziest party that could ever be
Don’t turn on the lights ’cause I don’t wanna see

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
“That ain’t the way to have fun, no”

Open up the window, let some air into this room
I think I’m almost chokin’ from the smell of stale perfume
And that cigarette you’re smokin’ ’bout scare me half to death
Open up the window, sucker, let me catch my breath

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
“That ain’t the way to have fun, son”
“That ain’t the way to have fun, son”

The radio is blastin’, someone’s knockin’ at the door
I’m lookin’ at my girlfriend – she’s passed out on the floor
I seen so many things I ain’t never seen before
Don’t know what it is – I don’t wanna see no more

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
She said, “That ain’t the way to have fun, son”

“That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
KILL
“That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
“That ain’t the way to have fun, son”
“That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
“That ain’t the way to have fun, son”

“That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
“That ain’t the way to have fun, son”
“That ain’t the way to have fun, no”
“That ain’t the way to have fun, son”

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Simple Man ~ Shinedown

Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and founded by members Brent Smith, Brad Stewart, Jasin Todd, and Barry Kerch.  Shinedown’s musical influences are Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Shinedown have separated themselves from the ranks of their peers since the very beginning, when an acoustic cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” found its way into local and then nationwide rotation. The modern hard-rockers’ debut album, Leave a Whisper, was re-released on the heels of the single’s success and promptly went platinum, while carving out a Southern rock identity for the band. Second record, Us and Them, appeared in 2005 and furthered Shinedown’s popularity on the strength of the emotionally charged, grungy single “Heroes.” Third album, The Sound of Madness, found the band moving away from their Southern rock label and toward more straight-up hard rock with strong elements of the salad days of grunge informing their sound. The album yielded hits in “Devour,” “Second Chance” and the title track.

Simple Man

Simple Man” is the last track on Side A of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album, Pronounced ‘lĕh-’nérd ‘skin-’nérd.

The song is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most popular songs. Since the song became available for digital download, it has become Lynyrd Skynyrd third best-selling digital song after “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”. It has sold 1,333,000 copies in the US as of November 2013.

Frontman Johnny Van Zant discussed this song in a track-by-track commentary to promote the band’s 2010 CD/DVD Live From Freedom Hall. He said: “Well that’s a great song and something that I think we all live by. I think anybody out there needs to respect their mother, and the words of their mother. It’s mama talking to you in that song and I think it’s probably one of my favorites if not my favorite to do live. It’s just a great song and that one stays in the set and the crowd always goes crazy on that one.”

The song was also covered by rock band Shinedown off the deluxe edition of their album Leave a Whisper, having an acoustic version and a rock version.

Simple Man - Van Zant, Rossington

Well mama told me, when I was young
Said sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this, it’ll help you some sunny day

Ahhh
Yeah it will

Or take your time don’t live to fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You’ll find a woman and you’ll find love
And don’t forget that there’s is a someone up above

Be a simple kind of man
Be a something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh won’t you do this for me son if you can
(if you can)

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need now is in your soul
And you can do this(oh baby)if you try
All that I want from you my son is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man
Be a something that you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh won’t you do this for me son if you can
(if you can)

Oh don’t you worry
You’ll find yourself
Follow your heart
And nothing else
And you can do this(oh baby)if you try
All that I want from you my son is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man
Oh won’t you do this for me son if you can
So baby be a simple be a simple man
Oh won’t you do this for me son if you can

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H ~ Tool

Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1990. Since their inception, the band’s line-up has included drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Since 1995, Justin Chancellor has been the band’s bassist, replacing their original bassist Paul D’Amour. Tool is known to have rigorous touring schedules in support of their albums, they have performed well on charts worldwide, and have sold an estimated 9.25 million records in the United States alone.

Tool emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album, Undertow, at a time when the genre was dominated by thrash metal; and later became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement with the release of their second effort, Ænima, in 1996. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with their third album, Lateralus, in 2001; and their most recent album, 10,000 Days, released in 2006, gained the band critical acclaim and success around the world.

Due to Tool’s incorporation of visual arts and relatively long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock and art rock. The relationship between the band and today’s music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship and the band members’ insistence on privacy.

H

H.” is a song by the American rock band Tool. The song was released as the second single from their second album, Ænima.

The working title for the song was “Half Empty”, and thus “H.” most likely stands for that or “Half Full”. Lead singer of Tool Maynard James Keenan has referenced his son just before performances of this song during several tours, whose middle name is H.

However on several occasions, specifically on November 23, 1996 during a show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Maynard James Keenan does grant some insight into another meaning of the song. Speaking to the audience he says, “So, any of you ever watched those Warner Bros. cartoons? Sometimes there’s that one where that guy is having a tough time trying to make a decision. He’s got an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. Seems pretty obvious, right? Usually it’s the angel is kind of the one trying to give him the good advice while the devil is trying to get him to do what’s bad for him. It’s not always that simple though. Most times they’re not really angels or devils, they’re just friends giving you advice, looking out for your best interest but not really understanding what’s going to be best for you. So it kind of comes down to you. You have to make the decision yourself… This song is called H.”

H – Keenan, Jones, Carey, Chancellor

What’s coming through is alive.
What’s holding up is a mirror.
But what’s singing songs is a snake
Looking to turn this piss to wine.

They’re both totally void of hate,
But killing me just the same.

The snake behind me hisses
What my damage could have been.
My blood before me begs me
Open up my heart again.

And I feel this coming over like a storm again.
Considerately.

Venomous voice, tempts me,
Drains me, bleeds me,
Leaves me cracked and empty.
Drags me down like some sweet gravity.

The snake behind me hisses
What my damage could have been.
My blood before me begs me
Open up my heart again.

And I feel this coming over like a storm again.

I am too connected to you to
Slip away, to fade away.
Days away I still feel you
Touching me, changing me,
And considerately killing me.

Without the skin,
Beneath the storm,
Under these tears
The walls came down.

And the snake is drowned and
As I look in his eyes,
My fear begins to fade
Recalling all of those times.

I could have cried then.
I should have cried then.

And as the walls come down and
As I look in your eyes
My fear begins to fade
Recalling all of the times
I have died
and will die.
It’s all right.
I don’t mind.

I am too connected to you to
Slip away, to fade away.
Days away I still feel you
Touching me, changing me,

And considerately killing me.

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Bullet With Butterfly Wings ~ The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. While the group has gone through several lineup changes, The Smashing Pumpkins consisted of Billy Corgan (vocals/guitar), James Iha (guitar/backing vocals), D’arcy Wretzky (bass guitar/backing vocals), and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums/percussion) for most of the band’s recording career.

Disavowing the punk rock roots shared by many of their alt-rock contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, arena rock, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. Frontman Billy Corgan is the group’s primary songwriter-his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band’s albums and songs, which have been described as “anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan’s nightmare-land”.

The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, Siamese Dream (1993). The group built their audience with extensive touring and their follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With approximately 18.25 million albums sold in the United States alone, The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing sales hampered the band and led to a 2000 break-up. In April 2006, the band officially announced that it was reuniting and recording a new album. Returning members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin were joined by musicians Jeff Schroeder (guitar/vocals), Ginger Reyes (bass/vocals), and Lisa Harriton (keyboard/vocals) in 2007 to tour in support of their new release, Zeitgeist.

Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Billy Corgan, lead singer of the group, has stated that the line “but can you fake it / for just one more show” refers to the band’s headlining slot on the 1994 Lollapalooza tour, where they supposedly became disillusioned with the idea of “alternative” rock. This interpretation is also supported by the fact that the first fully played incarnations of the song occurred at a few Lollapalooza shows, as well as on demos recorded early that year. A very embryonic version was apparently recorded during the recording of Siamese Dream; according to Corgan, “somewhere, I have a tape of us from 1993 endlessly playing the ‘world is a vampire’ part over and over.” It was not until 1995 that Corgan finished writing the “rat in a cage” chorus section of the song.

“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” like “Disarm”, “Stand Inside Your Love” and “Today” metamorphosed dramatically during and after every tour. “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” in particular, verified by Corgan himself, comes in five different versions.

During the tour in support of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the band often performed the song with an audio clip intro welcoming concertgoers to “the only circus of its kind in the world,” after which Corgan would shout the opening line. Later, the band would drop the intro, starting off the song with a drum beat, a style reminiscent of the variation adopted for the “Sacred & Profane” tour. A third and fourth version showed dramatic variations of the song, both of which were adopted for the Adore tour. The former was an extended and extremely distorted electric version, including several other instruments outside of the ones used for the studio track, such as a 7-string Ibanez electric guitar and additional percussion The latter was a nine minute or longer version of the song. During the “Sacred & Profane” tour, the fifth variation of “Bullet” started off with an extended bassline and drumbeat build-up into the main song. This version is similar to the newest versions the band has been using on its 2007 tour.

Bullet With Butterfly Wings – Corgan

The world is a vampire, sent to drain
Secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames
And what do I get, for my pain?
Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game

Even though I know – I suppose I’ll show
All my cool and cold – like old job

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Then someone will say what is lost can never be saved
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

Now I’m naked, nothing but an animal
But can you fake it, for just one more show?
And what do you want?
I want to change
And what have you got, when you feel the same?

Even though I know – I suppose I’ll show
All my cool and cold – like old job

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Then someone will say what is lost can never be saved
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

Tell me I’m the only one
Tell me there’s no other one
Jesus was the only son, yeah.
Tell me I’m the chosen one
Jesus was the only son for you

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
And someone will say what is lost can never be saved
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

Despite all my rage am I still just a rat in a-
Despite all my rage am I still just a rat in a-
Despite all my rage am I still just a rat in a cage

Tell me I’m the only one
Tell me there’s no other one
Jesus was the only son for you

And I still believe that I cannot be saved
And I still believe that I cannot be saved
And I still believe that I cannot be saved
And I still believe that I cannot be saved

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Dreamboat Annie ~ Heart

Heart is a rock band whose founding members came from Seattle, Washington

Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. The group rose to fame in the 1970s with their music being influenced by hard rock as well as folk music. After diminishing in popularity by the mid-1980s, the band created a major comeback in 1985, experiencing further success with their power ballads throughout the rest of the decade. By the mid-1990s, Heart left their 1980s’ sound and went back to their hard rock roots which they continue to play today.

In 1967 Steve Fossen formed The Army along with Roger Fisher on guitar, Don Wilhelm on guitar, keyboards and lead vocals, Ray Schaefer on drums and Fossen on bass. They played for several years in and around the Bothell, Washington area (northeast of Seattle). They frequently played Bothell High School, Inglemoor High School and Shorecrest High School, as well as many taverns and club venues. They frequented the club “Parkers” on Aurora Avenue in north Seattle during the 1970s when it was better known as the “Aquarius Tavern”. In 1969 the band went through line-up changes (Gary Ziegelman on lead vocals, Roger on guitar, Steve on bass, James Cirrello on guitar, Ron Rudge on drums and Ken Hansen on percussion) (and Debi Cuidon, vocals[citation needed]) and a new name, White Heart[12] (from Tales from the White Hart, a collection of short stories by Arthur C. Clarke). For a brief time in 1970 this line-up shortened its name to Heart; however, the band went through more personnel changes, and when Ann Wilson joined in late 1970, the band was named Hocus Pocus. Mike Fisher, Roger’s brother, was set to be drafted. When he did not report for duty, his home was raided, but he slipped out a rear window and escaped to Canada.

One day in 1971, Mike sneaked across the border to visit family and, by chance, met Ann at a Hocus Pocus show. According to Nancy, that meeting was “when she and Michael fell in love” and Ann decided to follow Mike back to Canada. Steve Fossen finished his college education before he also decided to move to Canada in late 1972, and Roger followed in late 1972 / early 1973, and along with Mike and Ann, the band Heart was officially formed. Nancy joined in 1974, and soon after became involved with Roger. In 1974 the Heart lineup consisted of Ann, Nancy, Roger, Steve, John Hannah (keyboards) and Brian Johnstone (drums).

Dreamboat Annie

Dreamboat Annie” is a song written and recorded by the rock band Heart. It is the title track from their debut album Dreamboat Annie and was released as its third single in 1976. The song had originally appeared as the B-side to Heart’s debut single “Crazy on You” earlier that year.

There are three different versions of the song “Dreamboat Annie” on the Dreamboat Annie album:

Track 2 – “Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)” – 1:10
Track 5 – “Dreamboat Annie” – 2:02
Track 10 – “Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)” – 3:50

The version released on the single was listed on the 45 as 2:59 but was actually around 2:40. It is not included on the album. The single is a variation of Track 5, with the intro to “Crazy On You” grafted onto the beginning of the single. This version remains unreleased on any Heart album. It’s assumed this was done to increase the playing time of the single to the more standard 3 minute format.

In 2011 Nancy Wilson recorded a reworked version of the song with American classical guitarist Sharon Isbin for the latter’s album Guitar Passions.

Dreamboat Annie – Ann and Nancy Wilson

Heading out this morning into the sun
Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin’ one

Warm wind caress her
Her lover it seems
Oh, Annie
Dreamboat Annie my little ship of dreams

Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd
No one knows the lonely one whose head’s in the clouds

Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles
Heading out to somewhere won’t be back for a while

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Heart Beats ~ Hey Marseilles

Hey+Marseilles+hmHey Marseilles is an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. According to the The Seattle Times, “…Hey Marseilles is a contender for a local rock band to break out in a significant way in 2013.”

Hey Marseilles was founded in 2006 by Matt Bishop and Nick Ward. The duo played together as students at the University of Washington, and were eventually joined by Ward’s roommate Philip Kobernik. The three “used to jam at Gasworks Park in the summer and eventually [they] made a few songs and started adding members from there.” Hey Marseilles now includes six members, “with the instruments in the mix outnumbering the players.” 

Hey Marseilles released their first album, To Travels & Trunks, independently on 13 December 2008. It was ranked one of the best Northwest albums of the year. Seattle music blog Three Imaginary Girls said that it was one of their favorite (“if not [their] number one favorite”) albums of the year. In 2009, Hey Marseilles joined forces with Onto Entertainment, a management company owned by Dave Meinert and Brent Stiefel, and managed by Christen Greene.

“To Travels and Trunks” was remastered and re-released nationally in the summer of 2010. A new track, “Gasworks,” was added for the re-release. On August 10, 2010, “Rio” was featured as NPR Music’s “Song of the Day.” The track was described as “a worldly chamber-pop gem marked by a full-to-bursting, jauntily percussive sound in which seven people politely clamor to be heard.” 

On October 17, 2010, Hey Marseilles performed on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” podcast. The band performed “Rio”, “From a Terrace”, and “To Travels and Trunks” off of the re-released “To Travels and Trunks.”  Seattle Weekly contributor Paige Richmond noted the podcast as evidence of NPR’s “enduring love” for the band.

On November, 15, 2011, Hey Marseilles released Elegy, a single with two songs, “Elegy” and “Cafe Lights”.

On March 5, 2013, Hey Marseilles released their second full-length album, “Lines We Trace”, to critical acclaim. In promotion of the album, the band played spots at a slew of major festivals (Bumbershoot, Sasquatch!, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival) and several national tours.

Heart Beats

Though the video for Hey Marseilles’ “Heart Beats” is centralized around a cathartic expression of yearning and heartbreak, don’t fret about the potential buzzkill — the song comes from a positive place. “[The song is about] the idea that the end of a relationship doesn’t have to mean you can’t appreciate that person still, or appreciate what he or she has contributed to your life and who you’ve become,” explains Hey Marseilles’ lead singer Matt Bishop.

The song comes from Hey Marseilles’ sophomore album, Lines We Trace, a 12-song set that highlights the band’s growth over the last five years, both lyrically and in crafting catchy orchestral-pop.

Heart Beats - Hey Marseilles

We left winter behind
Shorter days and long nights
Were all that was holding us back
From people we knew we would find

Open air wears you thin
They say you’ll love again
But love’s an equation to them
Get out what it is you put in

I will look back
I will hold fast to this

Your heart beats for another day
I still believe you love me in a different way
When night falls the city lay asleep
Among the crowds we both know you’re my only dream

I’m starting to see where we went wrong
The lives that we lead will weave on their own
You can’t climb so high and still see the ground
When you’re on your way up I’m on my way down

Looking back where we were
There’s no way to be sure
Things could have gone other ways
That you’d follow me to today

We’ll take up separate lives
And in the space that divides
I’ll reach for the best of what was
And leave all that wasn’t behind

I will look back
I will hold fast to this

Your heart beats for another day
I still believe you love me in a different way
When night falls the city lay asleep
Among the crowds we both know you’re my only dream

Your heart beats for another day
I still believe you love me in a different way
When night falls the city lay asleep
Among the crowds we both know you’re my only dream

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More Than Words ~ Extreme

ExtremeExtreme is an American rock band, headed by frontmen Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt, that reached the height of their popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Among some of Extreme’s musical influences are Van Halen, Queen, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. The band played atThe Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, also jammed with Brian May and Van Halen, and Cherone joined Van Halen in 1996. The band has described their music as “Funky Metal” in the early days, but it would evolve much more in the mid-90s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock.

Extreme was formed in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1985. Vocalist Gary Cherone and drummer Paul Geary were in a band called “The Dream” (“Extreme” is a derivation of Cherone and Geary’s former band “The Dream”, meaning “Ex-Dream”). Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was in a band called “Sinful”, and bassist Pat Badger was playing with a Berklee-based outfit called “In The Pink”. Following an altercation between the rival groups over communal dressing rooms, the four decided to form a new band together.

Cherone and Bettencourt began writing songs together and the band played numerous shows in the Boston area. They gradually developed a strong local following, and were named “Outstanding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Act” at the Boston Music Awards in 1986 and 1987.

The band then recorded their self-titled debut album which was issued in 1989. The first single was “Kid Ego,” a song that Cherone would later admit made him cringe. The final track on the album, “Play With Me,” was used as the “mall chase” song in the film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

More Than Words

More Than Words” is a ballad written and originally performed by the rock band Extreme. It is built around acoustic guitar work by Nuno Bettencourt and the vocals of Gary Cherone (with harmony vocals from Bettencourt). Released in 1990 on the album Extreme II: Pornograffiti, the song marked a departure from the funk metal that had permeated the band’s style previous to its release.

The song was described by Bettencourt as a song warning that the phrase “I love you” was becoming meaningless: “People use it so easily and so lightly that they think you can say that and fix everything, or you can say that and everything’s OK. Sometimes you have to do more and you have to show it—there’s other ways to say ‘I love you.’”

More Than Words – Bettencourt, Cherone

Saying I love you
Is not the words I want to hear from you
It’s not that I want you
Not to say, but if you only knew
How easy it would be to show me how you feel
More than words is all you have to do to make it real
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me
‘Cause I’d already know

What would you do if my heart was torn in two
More than words to show you feel
That your love for me is real
What would you say if I took those words away
Then you couldn’t make things new
Just by saying I love you

More than words

Now that I’ve tried to talk to you and make you understand
All you have to do is close your eyes
And just reach out your hands and touch me
Hold me close don’t ever let me go
More than words is all I ever needed you to show
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me
‘Cause I’d already know

What would you do if my heart was torn in two
More than words to show you feel
That your love for me is real
What would you say if I took those words away
Then you couldn’t make things new
Just by saying I love you

More than words

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