Extreme's debut album is sometimes uneven but always fun. Van Halen influences are prominent, which is ironic
given singer Gary Cherone's post-Extreme career.
This album, like all of Extreme's work, is notable for Nuno Bettancourt's guitar playing, but the songs aren't bad
either, mostly examining childhood from a playful but oddly mature perspective. "Kid Ego," their first single, is
here, as well as "Mutha (Don't Want to Go to School Today)," "Little Girls," "Big Boys Don't Cry," and the
rock-out finale "Play with Me."
There are a few ballads as well: "Watching, Waiting" is particularly poignant and surprisingly spiritual in content.
This album showed Extreme's considerable potential.
01. Little Girls
02. Wind Me Up
03. Kid Ego
04. Watching Waiting
05. Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today)
06. Teacher's Pet
07. Big Boys Don't Cry
08. Smoke Signals
09. Flesh 'N' Blood
10. Rock a Bye Bye
11. Play With Me