The band enjoyed popularity in the early- to mid-1990s, with their mix of satirical humor and heavy metal sound. Their logo was a cartoon embodiment of an "ugly kid" wearing a backward baseball hat and giving the finger. Heavily influenced by Black Sabbath and AC/DC, they covered several of their songs, including "Sweet Leaf" and "N.I.B.". They toured the United States several times—their second tour was in support of Scatterbrain, and later opening for former Black Sabbath
The band honed their chops playing the vibrant Isla Vista UCSB street parties in the late 80s/early 90s (the band's original name was Overdrive), before moving on to bigger venues in Los Angeles and beyond. Ugly Kid Joe first gained success with "Everything About You", which peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart. Later the song was used in the movie Wayne's World. Further singles did not fare as well, however the positive response to the band’s live performance of Harry Chapin’s "Cats in the Cradle" prompted a studio version, 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.
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 their own independent label Evilution Records for the release of their next album. With distribution support from Castle Communications, the album 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.
Ugly Kid Joe disbanded in 1997, and as of 2007, have not expressed plans for reuniting. Drummer Shannon Larkin is currently a member of Godsmack, while lead vocalist Whitfield Crane has collaborated with some Godsmack members on a new project called Another Animal.
Everything About You
America's Least Wanted
"Everything About You" is rock band Ugly Kid Joe's first hit. It originally appeared on their 1991 EP, As Ugly as They Wanna Be. It gained popularity after being featured in the 1992 hit film Wayne's World and was later included on the band's full-length debut album America's Least Wanted, which was also released in 1992. "Everything About You" was also featured in the Band HeroNintendo DS soundtrack.
I, hate the rain and sunny weather,
And I, I hate the beach and mountains too bu hu
And I don't like a thing about the city, no, no
And I, I, I, hate the countryside too!
And I, hate everything about you!
... everything about you!
And I, don't like a thing about your mother,
And I, I hate your daddys guts too bu hu
And I, don't like a thing about your sister,
Cause I, I, I, think sex is overrated too.
And I, get sick when I'm around, I, can't stand to be around,
I, hate everything about you!
Everything about you,
Everything about you,
Everything about you!
Some say I got a bad attitude,
But that don't change the way I feel about you,
And if you think this thought might bring me down,
Look again cause I aint wearin no frown!
I don't really care about your sister
Forget the little bitch cause I already kissed her
One thing that I did to your lady
I put her on the bed and she didn't even say maybe
I know you know everybody knows
The way it comes, the way it's gonna go
You think it's sad,
And that's too bad,
Cause I'm havin
A ball hatin
Every little thing about you!
Everything about you, everything about...
I, get sick when I'm around...
I, can't stand to be around...
I, hate everything about... you! Haha...