Ugly Kid Joe often get lumped into the Glam genre, but their most famous single "Everything About You" was anything but. Then, the band released the album Menace To Sobriety and that isn't exactly Glam either...it's pretty heavy, true to the band's roots as a Black Sabbath cover act (or something like that, I believe I have the history correct. I was young then, yo).
You're probably wondering where all this came from, right? Really, it's just that I received a tweet asking me about Trixter. This person mentioned wanting to see Trixter as a "bucket list" band and I of course also have such a list. Then my mind wanders to Ugly Kid Joe, that fact I've never seen them live, and BAM! here we are, trying to determine their Glamness.
I think maybe Ugly Kid Joe started out with the intention of being a band with awesome Glam swagger and lost their way. They didn't want to do the spandex or the make-up of course; they did, however, want the awesome guitar licks and fun lyrics. After grunge, fighting with their record label and all the rest...well, I think the band was just trying to survive. There are rumors that Ugly Kid Joe will release Return of Ugly this fall.
So, what do you think? Ugly Kid Joe: Glam or not?
Here's a couple Ugly Kid Joe tunes you might not remember: