UGLY KID JOE

Hard Rock • United States
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Ugly Kid Joe is an American rock band from Isla Vista, California, formed in 1990. The band's name spoofs that of another band, Pretty Boy Floyd. Ugly Kid Joe's sound includes a range of styles, including rock, hard rock, funk metal and heavy metal.

History

Childhood friends Whitfield Crane and Klaus Eichstadt took an interest in music while growing up in Palo Alto, CA. In 1989 Eichstadt joined Crane's band in Isla Vista, CA. after the two recorded a demo with another Palo Alto native, record producer Eric Valentine. After several band member changes the 'As Ugly as They Wanna Be' line-up was formed consisting of Crane, Eichstadt, Mark Davis, Roger Lahr, and Cordell Crockett. The band got its name 'Ugly Kid Joe' as a parody of L.A. glam band Pretty Boy Floyd but only for a one night show in Santa Barbara with guests Pretty Boy Floyd. Pretty Boy Floyd would
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Uglier Than They Used Ta BeUglier Than They Used Ta Be
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CollectionCollection
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Stairway to HellStairway to Hell
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Menace to SobrietyMenace to Sobriety
Polygram Records 1995
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UGLY KID JOE America's Least Wanted album cover 2.84 | 9 ratings
America's Least Wanted
Hard Rock 1992
UGLY KID JOE Menace To Sobriety album cover 3.77 | 4 ratings
Menace To Sobriety
Hard Rock 1995
UGLY KID JOE Motel California album cover 2.91 | 2 ratings
Motel California
Hard Rock 1996
UGLY KID JOE Uglier Than They Used Ta Be album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Uglier Than They Used Ta Be
Hard Rock 2015

UGLY KID JOE EPs & splits

UGLY KID JOE As Ugly As They Wanna Be album cover 3.00 | 6 ratings
As Ugly As They Wanna Be
Hard Rock 1991
UGLY KID JOE Stairway To Hell album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Stairway To Hell
Hard Rock 2012

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UGLY KID JOE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

UGLY KID JOE re-issues & compilations

UGLY KID JOE The Very Best Of Ugly Kid Joe: As Ugly As It Gets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Ugly Kid Joe: As Ugly As It Gets
Hard Rock 1998
UGLY KID JOE The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
Hard Rock 2002

UGLY KID JOE singles (10)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Everything About You
Hard Rock 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
So Damn Cool
Hard Rock 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Neighbor
Hard Rock 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Cats In The Cradle
Hard Rock 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Busy Bee
Hard Rock 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Goddamn Devil
Hard Rock 1994
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Tomorrow's World
Hard Rock 1995
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Cloudy Skies
Hard Rock 1995
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Milkman's Son
Hard Rock 1995
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Sandwich
Hard Rock 1996

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UGLY KID JOE America's Least Wanted

Album · 1992 · Hard Rock
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Vim Fuego
24 good reasons not to get `America's Least Wanted':

24. Even though the band thought they were being funny and "ironic", the album title was reasonably apt, as Americans in their millions didn't buy the album.

23. Nor did billions of people from around the world.

22. In the future, billions will continue not to buy `America's Least Wanted'.

21. Ugly Kid Joe influenced Limp Bizkit. Probably.

20. Ugly Kid Joe's name was supposed to be the polar opposite of glam rock band Pretty Boy Floyd.

19. Pretty Boy Floyd were actually named after a gangster. Ugly Kid Joe weren't named after a police man.

18. Fred Durst thinks he's a gangsta.

17. Pretty Boy Floyd weren't very pretty, and Ugly Kid Joe weren't very ugly.

16. Ugly Kid Joe were not even very good at being one hit wonders. They ended up with two.

15. One of the hits, "Cat's In The Cradle" is often thought to be a Cat Stevens song. It's not. Harry Chapin wrote it.

14. The other hit, "Everything About You" could never be confused with a Cat Stevens song, of which Mr Stevens is probably eternally grateful.

13. Cat Stevens is not called Cat Stevens any more. He converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam.

12. Harry Chapin was a proper one hit wonder. He wrote nothing else of note besides `Cat's In The Cradle'.

11. Pretty Boy Floyd weren't even one hit wonders. No one actually remembers anything about Pretty Boy Floyd except Ugly Kid Joe were named after them.

10. Well, Ugly Kid Joe's mascot and Fred Durst both wear red caps, so there's a bit of an influence.

9. `America's Least Wanted' has a cartoon of the Statue Of Liberty on it. Sacred Reich's `The American Way' and the Acid Drinkers' `Strip Tease' also had cartoons of the Statue Of Liberty on the cover.

8. `The American Way' and `Strip Tease' weren't very good.

7. The Statue Of Liberty came to life in ‘Ghostbusters II’. It wasn't very good either.

6. Outside the two hit songs, the rest of this album is filler.

5. Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane ended up singing for the band Life Of Agony. It was about this time the rest of Life Of Agony discovered he was a crap singer. Millions of Americans already knew this, hence the fact they didn't want `America's Least Wanted'.

4. Life Of Agony weren't named after a gangster.

3. A lot of people would be very happy if Fred Durst gave up his music career for the Islamic religion. Except for the Muslims.

2. A lot of people wouldn't notice if Whitfield Crane gave up his music career for the Islamic religion.

And the number one, most important reason not to get `America's Least Wanted' is...

It's not very good

UGLY KID JOE As Ugly As They Wanna Be

EP · 1991 · Hard Rock
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Vim Fuego
What a difference a year can make. If this had been released in 1990 instead of 1991, the band would have had full poodle perms, spandex and would have worshipped at the altar of the ‘Crüe. Instead, in a post-Nirvana world, the glitter was replaced by grunge, a deliberate dirtying down of their image. Plaid and greasy hair were the order of the day. It didn’t affect the music one little bit though. This is dumb suburban rock, through and through. It’s got all the fuckwitted clichés of the time, with funky bits, slapped bass, a white boy trying to rap and ending up sounding like a turd.

This is essentially an expanded single, built around the slacker anthem “Everything About You”, and unfortunately, the three songs before it are so mediocre they are annoying. It is difficult not to want the songs to be finished so you can get to the prize. “Madman” deliberately courted controversy by referring to a gunman loose in Disneyland. Disney’s reputation for running down anyone misappropriating their name and/or reputation was well known at the time (just ask D.A.D. or Bomb Everything), and playing on the theory any publicity is good publicity... It didn’t work, because Disney didn’t notice. “Whiplash Liquor” is about the dangers of drinking. Actually, an alcoholic haze might make the song sound better.

“Everything About You” is a dumb song aimed at dumb teens (and older listeners who don’t know any better), in a self-centred world where hating things and people is cool. The tune is quite memorable though, and Whitfield Crane’s dumb assed lyrics are fun and easy to sing along with. It made a welcome change to the grunge misery which was starting to gain momentum at the time, even if it sounded like a song Warrant had rejected for being too cheesy.

The cover of Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” is surprisingly respectful, not utterly slaughtered as you might expect. Whitfield Crane seems to sing within himself, except for when he’s copying Ozzy. Then, he lets rip, showing off a powerful and tuneful voice. And then, just to fuck everything up, another piece of funky diarrhoea called “Funky Fresh Country Club” got tacked on the end, as if Ugly Kid Joe were hoping to hitch a ride off Black Sabbath’s coat tails. The hidden track is shit too.

Unfortunately, Ugly Kid Joe went on to record some albums after this, and stretched whatever tiny piece of luck they’d had with “Everything About You”. This band might have been fondly remembered if they’d called it a day after this. They didn’t, and they aren’t.

UGLY KID JOE America's Least Wanted

Album · 1992 · Hard Rock
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UMUR
America´s Least Wanted is the debut full-length studio album by American heavy rock/ metal act Ugly Kid Joe. The album was released in September 1992 by Mercury Records. America´s Least Wanted followed in the wake of the very succesful As Ugly as They Wanna Be (1991) EP.

The style of music on the album pretty much continue down the same heavy rock/ metal path with alternative metal leanings, that was initiated on As Ugly as They Wanna Be. The band have actually chosen to include the songs Madman and the hit song Everything About You on America´s Least Wanted. Both songs were originally featured on As Ugly as They Wanna Be and appear here in slightly moderated versions. The rest of the material are all new tracks though. Songs like the opening track Neighbor, Goddamn Devil and the Harry Chapin cover Cats in the Cradle are some of the highlights ( yes I have a weakness for the latter).

The production is professional and powerful.

America´s Least Wanted is another quality release by Ugly Kid Joe and if you enjoyed As Ugly as They Wanna Be you´re pretty much bound to enjoy this one too. The band´s greatest asset is still the energy and good humour ( and yes it´s a bit silly at times). So while I wouldn´t exactly call the album a revelation it´s a pretty good release deserving a 3.5 star rating.

UGLY KID JOE As Ugly As They Wanna Be

EP · 1991 · Hard Rock
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UMUR
As Ugly as They Wanna Be is the debut release by American heavy rock/ metal act Ugly Kid Joe. The 6 track, 25:25 minutes long EP was released in October 1991 by Stardog. The band gained a lot of popularity because of the extensive airplay on MTV of the song Everything About You. A dream scenario for a new act. Everything About You would also appear in the, at the time, very popular Wayne's World (1992) movie, which further helped the band´s rise to international stardom. As Ugly as They Wanna Be has sold enough copies to be certified multi-platinum.

The music on the EP has traces of eighties glam metal ( I think I hear both traces of Mötley Crue and Extreme), but the dominant sound is sligthly funky alternative heavy rock/ metal. Ugly Kid Joe is the best example I can think of when talking about perfect timing. The sound they brought on the table was fresh, funny and energetic and not too decadent like the glam metal posse of the eighties, which was obviously something the general record buying population found appealing by the early nineties. The greatest asset of the EP is the energy and good humour but the musicianship is actually pretty good too. Whitfield Crane is a skilled and charismatic vocalist with a recognisable sound. It´s the big hit Everything About You that gets most attention, but the opening track Madman ( which together with Everything About You was included, with minor changes, on the band´s debut album America's Least Wanted (1992)) and the pretty good cover version of Sweet Leaf by Black Sabbath are also quality tracks.

Listening to As Ugly as They Wanna Be today, it´s obvious when the EP was released. The hard rocking riffing of the eighties combined with the funky and alternative touch of the early nineties gives that away imidiately. I wasn´t much of a fan back when this EP was released, but I actually found As Ugly as They Wanna Be pretty entertaining when I listened to the EP before writing this review. For me this is a 3 - 3.5 star release.

UGLY KID JOE As Ugly As They Wanna Be

EP · 1991 · Hard Rock
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First I bought this album for cover and back cover and not for music (I bough this Ep without knowing the band's music except for "Everything About You") but with my great surprise the music is extreme good.

The cover of this album present Ugly Kid Joe in a great form: a sort of Bart Simpson but more rotten). Also the booklet back cover is great if you search a rotten position in this society: a stick of dynamite in the pants of a cat must have reported my friend Tex to UKJ!!! Clearly this cat isn't Tom!!!

The music is great: sleazy, blusy, bastard, rotten, with tons of power, melodic and sought (although a boogie rock derived from AC/ DC and similars). Clear the production is not invasive: the music have a great power, maybe also because melodic. I prefer, in this Ep, songs like "too bad" or the mega hit "Everithing About You". This song is melodic but with great guitars and feeling, how every hit should have (it will win and become a blockbuster in your mind). Interesting is also the cover of "Sweet Life" (Black Sabbath) in a double track with "Funky Fresh Country Club".

In definitive UKJ is a great band. Unfortunately this is their only release that I have. With satsfaction. And, in truth I recommended this release to all of pure metalheads that have interesting in Glam Metal.

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