Extreme: Waiting for the Punchline

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by LiquidMidnight, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Hey guys and gals.

    I've been on a hard rock kick latley (been listening to a lot of Van Halen, I Mother Earth, Diamond Head, ect.) and decided to pull this CD out a give it a good listen to. I've had it for over a year (bought it used for a buck) and never really listened to it the whole way through. After listening to it yesterday I must say that it's an excellent and highly underrated album. I really enjoyed a lot of the song structures. Not typicaly rock song structures. Nuno's playing has definatley matured. (I also have Pornograffiti, so that's what I'm comparing it to) I really enjoyed his tone also. I has a very raw sound to it, yet it's controlled enough for Nuno's clean playing style. Gary's voice is crystal clear. Best of all it the rythm section. While never doing anything very fancy, Pat Badger does some very solid bass work. I guess this album really shows that Extreme was light years ahead of their hair band peers.

    What are your opinions?
  2. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I'll have to get that out again and give it another go round. I recall that when I initially bought it, I was disappointed. I totally dug Extreme III, which I know a lot of the "More Than Words" Extreme fans didn't exactly enjoy.
  3. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Yeah, I have a tendency to love the albums that the majority of other people hate. I always thought Balance was Van Halen's best album, but a lot of people seem to dislike that album. Hear in the Now Frontier by 'Ryche is another CD I love but is loathed by fans and critics alike.
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Waiting for the Punchline is an absolutely fantastic record. One of my favorites. "III Sides to Every Story" is amazing also. (The bass/guitar solo on "Cupid's Dead" is jaw-dropping)

    If you like Pat Badger's playing, check out the album a few years back from ex-Saigon Kick lead Jason Bieler. He teamed up with Badger and a few others and released an album under the band name "Supertransatlantic". Good stuff. Tasty playing by Badger, particularly on the song "Sattelite". Bieler released a lot of the early pre-Badger Supertransatlantic demos on his old web site as MP3s, and the before and after stuff is a lesson in the importance of a good bass player.

    If you like Nuno's work, try to track down the solo release of his unused Extreme demos sold under the name "Nuno" with the title "Schizophonic". It is IMO his masterpiece and has some of the best rock songwriting I've ever heard from anyone, ever. Absolutely brilliant, a true masterpiece. I'm still trying to work through the recent follow-up "Population 1".

    Nuno's "Mourning Widows" band is also excellent and worth checking out.

    Underappreciated music.
  5. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    One word The Extreme were a EXCELLENT band, They were awesome live Electic or acoustic. I have met Nuno a few times and even tried out for one of his bands way back in the early 80's. I think the band was called Midevil or something like that. I was a fat ugly 18 year old at the time and didn't make the cut. LOL, Nuno is a great guy and a total pro musician in the studio. We have talked a few times since then. Hi sister works where I do.
    I just seen Gary's new band Tribe Of Juda at a local watering hole and they were pretty good also, Mike Mangini the 2nd drummer for the Extreme was on drums. I think Pat works for Mouradian guitars in Cambrige now.
  6. I think Pat Badger is now playing with Gary Cherone's new band "Tribe of Judah".
    (he was working for Mouradian after Extreme broke up- and also before he joined them)
    IIRC Extreme's original drummer (Paul Geary?) is with them too.
  7. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    When I seen them last year (October) Pat wasn't with Tribe and neither was Gary,? Mike Mangini was? though that was last year, I'm not sure about now... Man time fly's when ya think about it, It seemed like yesterday.

    They were pretty good, a little out there but good.
    By the time they went on I might have been a little out there also.:D
  8. sorry, I didn't read your post properly, funkster.

    there was something on Mike Anthony's site about a Tribe of judah gig with Pat Badger, and Nuno turned up too- I can't remember when it was from though- I'll have to search it out.
  9. here we go-

    Rockin' The Viper Room
    January 21, 2003

    Michael dropped in at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA last night to check out Gary Cherone's new band, Tribe Of Judah. At the end of their set, Michael jumped up on stage, hijacked Pat Badger's bass and the boys tore the packed house apart with "Somebody Get Me A Doctor," which featured Michael on lead vocals! Then Nuno Bettencourt joined the party to crank out a blistering cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll!" If that wasn't enough for the already euphoric crowd, Michael then got back up on stage with the 80's metal cover band Metal Shop (featuring The Atomic Punks' David Lee Ralph on lead vox) for "Unchained" and "Hot For Teacher!"

    maybe an Extreme reunion is on the cards?
  10. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    I have heard that also, That happened last year I think at a place called Avalon, Biggest rock club in Boston.
    I woulda liked to have seen that show but found out after the fact.
    I never have seen Pat play, But I know he's a killer player and plays with a pic like 50/50. I would like to know if he's playing with T-O-J and love to go check him out, they play all around Boston.
    I'll do a little poking around at the local music boards and see what I come up with.