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More Than Words by Extreme
Album: PornograffittiReleased: 1991Charted:
This is about a guy who loves a girl and knows she loves him too, but wants her to show it by more than just saying "I love you." He's saying that if she would show him more affection and emotion she wouldn't have to say she loves him because he would already know. (thanks, Kels - Baton Rouge, LA)
An acoustic love ballad, the duo explained that they were not ashamed to show their sensitive side, even it became their signature sound. Their next single, "Hole Hearted," was also a ballad and was their last hit in America. They had a few more hits in the UK before breaking up in 1995.
Extreme is the duo of Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt. In 1996, Cherone became lead singer of Van Halen, replacing Sammy Hagar. Since he was known for singing ballads like this, Cherone seemed a strange choice for the hard-rocking group. Van Halen released one album (Van Halen III) with Cherone before deciding it wasn't working out and giving him the boot. Van Halen fans didn't seem too upset.
Extreme kept it very simple on this song, with minimal production. The video reflects this as well, since they wanted the focus to be on the song. Directed by the husband-and-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the black-and-white clip shows the duo seated, performing the song in a studio setting. Dayton and Faris also directed the "Hole Hearted" video; they would go on to direct the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.
British band BBMak covered this on their Sooner or Later album and also performed it at MTV's New Years Party in 2001. The Pop band Westlife also covered this song on their album Westlife in 1999. Their version received a positive response, especially on the iTunes store. (thanks, Ally - Scottsdale, AZ)
The word "Extreme" was popular in the early '90s and used to describe edgy youth culture and dangerous sports. ESPN started the "Extreme Games" in 1993, but renamed them the "X Games" the next year so they would not become dated.