America's Least Wanted

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America's Least Wanted
Studio album by Ugly Kid Joe
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1992
Recorded1991-1992 at Devonshire Studios, North Hollywood, California
GenreRock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length59:08
LabelMercury
ProducerUgly Kid Joe,
Mark Dodson,
Michael Dodson,
Ryan Dorn
Ugly Kid Joe chronology
As Ugly as They Wanna Be
(EP)
(1991)
America's Least Wanted
(1992)
Menace to Sobriety
(1995)
Alternative cover
Censored cover
 
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America's Least Wanted
Studio album by Ugly Kid Joe
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1992
Recorded1991-1992 at Devonshire Studios, North Hollywood, California
GenreRock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length59:08
LabelMercury
ProducerUgly Kid Joe,
Mark Dodson,
Michael Dodson,
Ryan Dorn
Ugly Kid Joe chronology
As Ugly as They Wanna Be
(EP)
(1991)
America's Least Wanted
(1992)
Menace to Sobriety
(1995)
Alternative cover
Censored cover

America's Least Wanted is the full-length debut album by rock band Ugly Kid Joe, released in September 1992 (see 1992 in music). The title is a parody of the famous phrase "America's Most Wanted".

The album was a commercial success, charting three singles on the Mainstream Rock Tracks ("Neighbor", "Busy Bee" and "Cat's in the Cradle"). "Cat's in the Cradle" also reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eleven on the Top 40 Mainstream. As of 1995, the album has been certified double platinum.[1]

Contents

Album information

Two of the songs had previously been included on the band's 1991 debut EP As Ugly as They Wanna Be but were slightly recorded again for this album: "Madman" was given a new vocal track while "Everything About You" was given a spoken intro by actress and then Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney as her questionably gendered character, Pat. Incidentally, this was not the first time the song had been associated with "SNL" - it had previously been included in the SNL-based movie Wayne's World, which was released seven months before.

The difference between CD and LP versions of this album is that the song "Goddamn Devil" appears as its first track on the B-side.

Artwork

The album's original artwork depicts Ugly Kid Joe's mascot as the Statue of Liberty gesturing an upraised middle finger. Several national chains refused to sell the album, and a more censored version was manufactured for some retailers. The censored version depicts the Ugly Kid Joe mascot handcuffed in one hand (which is covered with duct tape) and tied in rope, while his legs are wrapped in chains. The album's artwork, as well as all other promotional work and the As Ugly as They Wanna Be and The Very Best of Ugly Kid Joe: As Ugly as It Gets covers, was done by Whitfield Crane's high school friend Moish Brennan.[citation needed]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Critical reviews for America's Least Wanted were mostly positive. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it four and a half stars out of five, and said that it "delivers a set of similar rockers and a handful of power ballads, including a revamped version of Harry Chapin's 'Cat's in the Cradle'" and described the music as a "mixture of fizzy, fuzzy riffs, sing-song melodies, and calculated obnoxiousness isn't that offensive."[2]

In popular culture

In 2006, UK Hardcore band, Age of Kali, released a demo CD with some of the lyrics from Goddamn Devil printed on the inner sleeve, as well as an alternative cover parodying the 'Ugly Kid' as Straight-Edge, only holding up two fingers with the X on his hand and holding a bottle of soda. The cover also read, "Margate's Least Wanted."

Track listing

All songs written by Whitfield Crane, Cordell Crockett, Mark Davis, Klaus Eichstadt and Dave Fortman, except where noted.

  1. "Neighbor" (Crane, Eichstadt) – 4:43
  2. "Goddamn Devil" (Eichstadt) – 4:53
  3. "Come Tomorrow" (Crane, Crockett, Eichstadt, Roger Lahr) – 4:54
  4. "Panhandlin' Prince" (Crane, Eichstadt) – 5:41
  5. "Busy Bee" (Fortman) – 4:08
  6. "Don't Go" (Crane, Eric Phillips) – 4:30
  7. "So Damn Cool" (Crane, Eichstadt) – 4:24
  8. "Same Side" (Crane, Crockett, Eichstadt) – 4:48
  9. "Cat's in the Cradle" (Harry Chapin, Sandra Chapin) – 4:01
  10. "I'll Keep Tryin'" (Eichstadt, Alan Reed) – 4:58
  11. "Everything About You" (Crane, Eichstadt)– 4:20
  12. "Madman" ('92 Remix) (Eichstadt)– 3:37
  13. "Mr. Recordman" (Eichstadt) – 4:11

Personnel

Charts

Album

YearChartPosition
1992US Billboard 200[3]27
UK Albums Chart[4]11

Singles

YearSingleChartPosition
1992"Neighbor"United StatesUS Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[3]29
United KingdomUK Singles Chart[4]28
"So Damn Cool"United KingdomUK Singles Chart44
1993"Cat's in the Cradle"United StatesUS Billboard Hot 100[3]6
United StatesUS Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks3
United StatesUS Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[3]11
United KingdomUK Singles Chart7
"Busy Bee"United StatesUS Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks22
United KingdomUK Singles Chart39

Notes