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Ugly Kid Joe (UKJ) was a hard rock band from Isla Vista, California, USA. The band's name is a parody of the band Pretty Boy Floyd. The band made a name for themselves in the early 1990s with their mix of satire and hard rock/metal sound. UKJ was identified by their logo, a cartoon embodiment of an "ugly kid" wearing a backward baseball hat and giving the finger. They toured the US several times - their second tour was in support of Scatterbrain, and the tour after that was opening for Ozzy Osbourne.
They first sparked success with the song "Everything About You", which was later used in the movie Wayne's World. Further singles did not fare as well, but the positive response to the band's live performance of Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" prompted a studio version, subsequently released as a well-received single that sold in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States alone.
After touring almost every continent in support of their 1992 full-length album America's Least Wanted, the band searched around for a replacement drummer, as Mark Davis left his sticks behind to settle down and get married.<...
|years active||1989 – 1997|
|country||Isla Vista, California, United States|
|music genre||Hard rock|
|current members|| Whitfield Crane|