Nuno Bettencourt

Get the Funk Out by Extreme – Songs in the Key of Mutiny

Get the Funk Out by Extreme – Songs in the Key of Mutiny

“Get the Funk Out” by Extreme is an example of a song that I always liked but never really deeply loved, except for one version of it that they did on the “Waiting For the Punchline” tour, where Nuno Bettencourt, the guitarist, played the verse part differently (essentially, he played part of the chorus riff in the verses). It’s a very subtle difference to the original, but the result, to my ear, gives the song a...

Decadence Dance by Extreme: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

Decadence Dance by Extreme: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

“Decadence Dance,” by Extreme. It is the song that changed my perception about the band who became and remain my favorite. It was also the initial inspiration for me wanting to try to write my own songs. Ironically, “Decadence” is very representative of how incredibly misunderstood the band Extreme is. And for a while, even I missed the point of this particular song, simply because of the way it sounds. I was missing the message....

Kicking The Bucket List: Making My Rock and Roll Dream Real (Part 2 of 7)

Kicking The Bucket List: Making My Rock and Roll Dream Real (Part 2 of 7)

This is the second in a series of articles. To read part one, click here. Part 2: Music & Me Those who know me understand I’ve written songs for my own enjoyment since I was a teenager. Though I view the songs more as a personal form of journaling and general creative outlet than any means of achieving recognition or compensation, I am proud of much of the material I’ve created and as I get...