5 Hair Metal Ballads Inspired By/Ripped Off From Extreme’s “More Than Words”

Every bad boy rocker has a sensitive side—especially after a power ballad goes platinum.

August 7th, 2015 marks 25 years since the release Extreme II: Pornograffiti.

The rich, musically complex, multilayered album broke big as an instant timepiece that crystallized a very specific moment in commercial hard rock, right between hair metal and the grunge-spawned alternative movement that dominated the ensuing Lollapalooza decade.

Pornograffiti also transformed Extreme from also-ran Boston longhairs to major players on the mainstream stage, establishing frontman Gary Cherone as a star of such wattage that Van Halen would tap him to sing a few years hence (and, yes, we know how that turned out), and shining a spotlight on the original, complex, funk/prog/jazz wizardry of lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.

Of course, Pornograffiti also gifted the universe with the supreme ’90s acoustic power ballad, “More Than Words.”

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