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As Ugly as They Wanna Be
on 21 May 2011
Listening to this EP from Ugly Kid Joe recently reminded me of my teenage years, summer holidays and just what fun music this band made.
Across 6 tracks you get a good taste of what this band sounds like and their style is great rock, but very much tongue in cheek. The album opener, `Madman' starts off with theme park sound effects, before the main riff kicks in and the EP is started off with a jolt. `Whiplash Liquor' is a particular favourite of mine and I love the vocals on this track. They are so `of their time`, but suit the song perfectly. The chorus can't help but make you sing along with gusto. The most well known track has to be `Everything about You' which was all over MTV and VH1 when it was released. It has a gentle start and is the most accessible for non-rock fans, it also happens to be a top tune. The album closes with a short 26 second track called `Heavy Metal' which is essentially a quick thrash and scream and then it's over. The perfect way to end this selection of songs and I used to love playing this on repeat as I sat in the garden. All in all this is a great little EP of rock tracks from this band and whilst it does sound dated at times, it is such a great sound that you can't help but still enjoy it.
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