The Top 5 Hidden Gems of the '80s
Nothing too hidden about these guys. Especially not if you've read The Dirt.
04. Extreme: "Smoke Signals"
Formed in the late 1980s by founding members Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Gary Cherone (vocals), Paul Geary (drums) and Pat Badger (bass), Extreme is mostly known for their hit ballad "More Than Words" off their second album, Pornograffitti. Unfortunately, the brunt of the band's catalog gets overlooked as a result.
"Smoke Signals," off their 1989 self-titled debut album, is a rippin' Van Halen-esque tune featuring Nuno's signature style of fretboard wizardry. His phrasing and notable use of volume swells is demonstrated very well in the solo, beginning around 2:29.
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