UGLY KID JOE
INTERVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS BY PATRICK CLEMENT
Ugly Kid Joe are an American metal / hard rock band hailing from California. The band was formed in 1989 and to date, Ugly Kid Joe has released three full-length albums, two compilation albums and two EPs. Ugly Kid Joe enjoyed massive success with their early singles “Everything about You” and “Cats In the Cradle” which both ran almost constantly on MTV. The first two albums AS UGLY AS THEY WANNA BE EP (1991) and AMERICA’S LEAST WANTED (1992) were both certified double platinum in USA. MENACE TO SOBRIETY (1995) presented the bands heavier and more serious side and it included another hit single “Milkman’s Son”. The third and yet the last full length album MOTEL CALIFORNIA was released in 1996. The album did fail to reach its predecessors success and the band decided to split up just one year later. In 2010 the band announced a reunion where the lineup will be the same as the last one before their breakup: vocalist Whitfield Crane, guitarists Klaus Eichstadt and Dave Fortman, bassist Cordell Crockett and drummer Shannon Larkin. The new six track EP titled STAIRWAY TO HELL was released in early June. Two weeks ago the band headed to play Swedenrock Festival and there we then had the pleasure to discuss with Mr. Crane himself and hear the facts behind the re-union, future plans as well as Crane’s personal stuff from a “super fan” perspective… Read On!