It’s going to take more than words to describe what I just watched. Hysterical! Comedians Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black did a shot-for-shot remake of Extreme‘s ballad “More Than Words“. Both do a solid job with the vocals which comes as no surprise since Jimmy’s done countless performances on Saturday Night Live (SNL) and now as host of The Tonight Show. Jack’s no amateur either having performed on many a stages solo or with his duo Tenacious D.
The track was originally released in 1990 and was written and originally performed by the rock band featured on their album “Pornograffitti” celebrating it’s 25th anniversary. It went on to receive nominations for Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single
It’s probably one of my favourite ballads primarily because of vocals and harmonies being composed around an acoustic guitar. That’s kind of hard to dislike. Here’s a fun fact you might want to learn; the song went all the way to hit Number One on June 8th 1991 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was during a time when the airwaves was inundated with high-energy dance-pop (Janet Jackson and Madonna) and emotionally-charged ballads (Mariah Carey and Hi-Five).
Anyway, after you’re done watching Jimmy and Jack’s recreation, the original video’s below so you can make the comparison. Also, go over to Extreme’s website for tour dates if you’re a huge fan or just curious.