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Album Review

Over the course of three albums and an EP, Ugly Kid Joe managed to parlay their pronounced Guns N' Roses fixation into something of a career. On their best songs — "Everything About You," "Neighbour," and "Milkman's Son" — they blended cartoon rebellion and a sense of humor best described as pre-adolescent into powerhouse singles full of tasteless good fun. Perfect for that time of life when all one wants to do is go around breaking things. Though routinely flagged as a hair band, their twin-guitar attack and fondness for funky, bottom-end heavy riffing also places Ugly Kid Joe among the forefathers of the late-'90s rap-metal explosion. As Ugly as They Wanna Be showcases the band in all their juvenile glory — from their surprise hit version of Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" to their tight cover of Black Sabbath's "NIB" to "Busybee" — pretty much the best Guns N' Roses song Guns N' Roses never recorded — all the hits are here, present and accounted for. If only this compilation didn't completely ignore Motel California, the album UKJ made after their split with Mercury, it would be the perfect greatest-hits package.

Customer Reviews

The most overlooked band of all time

Although I must say that these songs are great... They have so many more! Metal with a sense of humor? Before it was cool? What a concept!! These guys pushed the envelope and the world wasn't ready. If they came out a decade later they would of been huge and many bands out today wouldn't exsist.

Awesome Stuff

This a great album by an often over looked band....I really enjoy the cover of Cat's Cradle but I especially enjoyed the songs Neighbor and Everything About You (even if it is edited.)

Great Stuff

Ugly Kid Joe was a band i enjoyed listening to during the 90's. This album includes their best work. I think the tracks that were chosen for this album are great. This is really great music. I reccomend it.


Formed: Isla Vista, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Formed in Isla Vista, California, Ugly Kid Joe (whose name is a response to Pretty Boy Floyd) feature vocalist Whitfield Crane, guitarists Klaus Eichstadt and Dave Fortman (who replaced Roger Lahr), bassist Cordell Crockett, and drummer Mark Davis. The group plays basic pop-metal with touches of funk and a bratty, parodic sense of humor. Their debut single, "Everything About You," went Top Ten and helped their mini-album As Ugly as They Wanna Be become the first short-form LP ever to be certified...
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