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Extreme Recommended 17+ Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Jan. 28, 9 p.m. 2015

The most powerfully nostalgic pop songs are like time machines that can only transport you back to the specific period when they first blew up—they’re so strongly linked to their era that they can seem divorced from the artists who recorded them or the albums they appeared on. When I think of the late 90s, for example, it’s “Tubthumping” and “Thong Song,” and for the very early 90s (before Nirvana) it’s the heart-on-sleeve acoustic ballad “More Than Words” from Boston schlock rockers Extreme. This number one hit appeared on 1990’s Pornograffitti (A&M), the band’s best-selling and worst-named album, which mixes boilerplate hair metal, bombastic funk-rock, brainless big-guitar silliness, and undeniable pop smarts (acoustic ripper “Hole Hearted” holds up especially well today). To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pornograffitti, Extreme is playing the album in its entirety tonight, which isn’t necessarily going to be the nostalgia exercise it seems like, at least not for the folks who only remember that one song they slow-danced to in junior high—I doubt the whole room will be singing along to the goofy tongue-twisting lyrics of “Suzi.” —Leor Galil

Price: $29.50

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