America's Least Wanted is the debut album by rock band Ugly Kid Joe, released in September 1992 (see 1992 in music).
The title is a parody of the famous phrase "America's Most Wanted".
"Cat's in the Cradle" is a cover of American singer/songwriter Harry Chapin.
* Jennifer Barry - Background Vocals
* Jay Baumgardner - Remixing
* Greg Calbi - Mastering
* Whitfield Crane - Vocals
* Cordell Crockett - Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
* Mark Davis - Percussion, Drums
* Mark Dodson - Producer, Engineer
* Michael Dodson - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
* Ryan Dorn - Producer
* Klaus Eichstadt - Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
* Dave Fortman - Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
* Rob Halford - Background Vocals
* Carrie Hamilton - Piano on "Everything About You"
* Michael Levine - Photography
* Randy Long - Engineer, Mixing
* Stephen Perkins - Percussion
* Dean Pleasants - Rhythm Guitar on "Same Side"
* Julia Sweeney - Additional Vocals on "Goddamn Devil" & "Everything About You"
* Ugly Kid Joe - Producer, Remixing
Album - Billboard (United States)
Category:Ugly Kid Joe albums
Category:Mercury Records albums
Category:Albums produced by Mark Dodson
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Ugly Kid Joe is an American hard rock band from Isla Vista, California. The band's name spoofs that of another band, Pretty Boy Floyd. Ugly Kid Joe's sound included a range of styles, including rock, hard rock and heavy metal. With reference to the band's overall sound and vision, its members have frequently claimed that they were simply a manifestation of their environment and lifestyles in Southern California. After releasing three full-length albums and touring extensively throughout the 1990s, Ugly Kid Joe disbanded in 1997, but decided to reform thirteen years later.
Early history (1989–1991)
The band became popular in the early 1990s, mixing satirical humor and heavy metal. Its logo was a cartoon embodiment of an "ugly kid" wearing a backwards baseball hat and giving the finger. Heavily influenced by Black Sabbath, Ugly Kid Joe covered several of the veteran band's songs, including "Sweet Leaf" and "N.I.B.". The group toured the United States several times, making its second tour in support of Scatterbrain, and later opening for former Black Sabbath lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.
The band finally garnered some success in 1992 with the single "Everything About You", which peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart and was in the Billboard Top 100 for 1992. Later in the year the song was used in the movie Wayne's World. Further singles did not fare as well, however, but the positive response to the band’s live performance of Harry Chapin’s "Cat's in the Cradle" on MTV prompted a studio version. It was subsequently released as a well-received single that sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone and peaked at #7 in the UK Singles Chart.
Commercial success (1992–1996)
After a world tour in support of their 1992 album America's Least Wanted, the band searched around for a replacement drummer, as Mark Davis left to pursue a life away from the spotlight. Davis was eventually replaced by Shannon Larkin, formerly of Souls at Zero, Wrathchild America, and Wrathchild. His contributions led to a grittier sound for the second album Menace to Sobriety, released in the summer of 1995.
Menace to Sobriety received much praise from the press and fans, and UK rock magazine Kerrang! ranked it as a contender for album of the year. Despite success overseas and a successful European tour, the album was given little encouragement from Mercury Records and subsequently failed in the United States.
After being dropped by Mercury Records, Ugly Kid Joe formed its own independent label, Evilution Records, for the release of the band's next album. With distribution support from Castle Communications, Motel California was released in late 1996, and again the band toured Europe to smaller crowds. The tour was named Late Check-out Tour, underlining the band's characteristic sense of humor. Motel California, an album lead vocalist Whitfield Crane described as "heavy, funky, and has everything in it", initially received lukewarm reviews and sold poorly, though it has gained a minor cult following in recent times.
Break-up and aftermath (1997–2009)
Ugly Kid Joe disbanded in 1997. Drummer Shannon Larkin has been current a member of Godsmack since 2002, while lead vocalist Whitfield Crane took the then vacant vocalist spot for New York rock band Life of Agony whose former singer Keith Caputo had left the group in 1997. After his quick departure from Life of Agony Crane collaborated with some Godsmack members on a new project called Another Animal.
Klaus Eichstadt stated in the December 2009 issue of the German edition of the music magazine Metal Hammer, that the members of Ugly Kid Joe were planning to reunite in summer 2010, although did not specify whether their intent was to produce a new album or simply to perform together. However, rumors of a reunion were confirmed on their MySpace page on May 27, 2010 and they plan to do shows together this year and next year. Their MySpace page also says that the reunion lineup will be the same as the last one before their breakup. On UKJ Facebook blog there was reported that the working title of new album is Return of Ugly and tentative scheduled date of release is Fall of 2011.
According to their , the current lineup is as follows:
*Whitfield Crane – lead vocals (1989–1997, 2010–present)
*Klaus Eichstadt – guitars, backing vocals (1989–1997, 2010–present)
*Cordell Crockett – bass guitar, backing vocals (1991–1997, 2010–present)
*Dave Fortman – guitars, backing vocals (early 1992–1997, 2010–present)
*Shannon Larkin – drums, percussion (1994–1997, 2010–present)
*Phil Hilgaertner – bass guitar, backing vocals (1989–1991)
*Eric Phillips – guitars, backing vocals (1989–early 1991)
*Roger Lahr – guitars, backing vocals (early 1991–early 1992)
*Jon Spaulding – drums, percussion (1989)
*Mark Davis – drums, percussion (1989–1993)
*D.D. "Doomsday" Taylor - drums, percussion, (1992)
*Bob Fernandez – drums, percussion (1994)
*Carrie Hamilton – piano on As Ugly as They Wanna Be (1991 — "Everything About You")
*Stephen Perkins – percussion on America's Least Wanted (1992 — multiple tracks)
*Dean Pleasants – rhythm guitar on America's Least Wanted (1992 — "Same Side")
*Jennifer Barry – backing vocals on America's Least Wanted (1992 — multiple tracks), backing vocals on Menace To Sobriety (1995 — multiple tracks), backing vocals on Motel California (1996 — "Would You Like To Be There")
*Rob Halford – backing vocals on America's Least Wanted (1992 — "Goddamn Devil")
*Julia Sweeney – additional vocals on America's Least Wanted (1992 — "Goddamn Devil", "Everything About You")
*Brad Divens – backing vocals on Menace To Sobriety (1995 — multiple tracks)
*Tom Fletcher – backing vocals on Menace To Sobriety (1995 — multiple tracks)
*Lemmy – backing vocals on Motel California (1996 — "Little Red Man")
*Angus Cooke – cello on Motel California (1996 — "Undertow")
*Tim Wheater – flute on Motel California (1996 — "12 Cents")
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