Ugly Kid Joe
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America's Least Wanted , 5/10
Menace To Sobriety , 4/10
Motel California , 4/10
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Ugly Kid Joe, that began as a Black Sabbath cover band (Suburban Alcoholic White Trash), quickly became one of the rising stars in the Los Angeles mid-1990s heavy metal scene, i.e. the post-Guns N' Roses and post- Jane's Addiction scene. Vocalist Whitfield Crane, guitarist Klaus Eichstadt, bassist Cordell Crockett and the rest served bubblegum hard-rock with the occasional punk-rock neurosis on the mini-album As Ugly As They Wanna Be (Stardog, 1991), that already contained the song destined to become the hit single they were aiming for: Everybody But You. That song led proper debut album America's Least Wanted (Stardog, 1992) to stardom.

Fame came and went. By the time Menace To Sobriety (Mercury, 1995) was released, Ugly Kid Joe was a different band, trying to focus on hard vibrations and sophisticated interplay, and hitting the target at least with the furious God and 10/10.

Motel California (Evilution, 1996) alternates rockers (It's A Lie, Dialogue) and ballads, as usual, but neither are particularly memorable.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da stefanopertile@libero.it)

Gli Ugly Kid Joe, che iniziarono come cover band dei Black Sabbath (Suburban Alcoholic White Trash), divennero velocemente a metà anni 90 uno tra gli astri nascenti della scena heavy metal di Los Angeles, nel post-Guns N' Roses e Jane's Addiction. Il cantante Whitfield Crane, il chitarrista Klaus Eichstadt, il bassista Cordell Crockett ed il resto, presentavano nel mini album As Ugly As They Wanna Be (Stardog, 1991), un hard-rock facile ("bubblegum") con occasionali nevrosi punk-rock. Il mini album presentava già Everybody But You, il singolo di successo a cui puntavano.Il debutto vero e proprio, con lalbum America's Least Wanted (Stardog, 1992), li ha consegnati alla celebrità. Il successo va e viene. Quando è stato realizzato Menace To Sobriety (Mercury, 1995) gli Ugly Kid Joe erano una band diversa, che cercava di focalizzarsi su vibrazioni hard ma anche su sofisticati intermezzi, riuscendo nei propositi almeno con le furiose God e 10/10.

Motel California (Evilution, 1996) alterna pezzi rock (It's A Lie, Dialogue) a ballate, come usuale, ma non raggiungendo in nessun caso alcunchè di memorabile.

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