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Stairway to Hell

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By nin/ja77 on June 20, 2012
Ugly Kid Joe first burst on to the scene with their breakout hit "Everything About You" from their 1991 EP "As Ugly As They Wanna Be" a song which would launch the band in to the mainstream, the iconic video of the band playing on the beach would go on to get heavy rotation on MTV(when they actually played videos) even during the height of grunge it was guaranteed that video would only be a few videos away from its next airing, the resulting album "America's Least Wanted" continued the bands success and would feature another successful hit in the shape of a cover of the Harry Chapin song "Cats In The Cradle". The band would go on to release two further albums 1995's heavier sounding "Menace To Sobriety" which was followed a year later by 1996's "Motel California". However neither album could replicate their earlier success and the band would call a halt in 1997. The band quietly reformed in 2010 without much notice from the music press who once drooled over the band, now 2 years after reforming they are back on the road touring and have released a new EP "Stairway To Hell"

Thankfully it's the 1997 line up that has reformed as it includes drummer Shannon Larkin who joined the band in 1994 and was in part responsible for their heavier sound on the later albums. The album continues the bands heavier trend as it opens with the first single from the album "Devil's Paradise" which has frontman Whitfield Crane delivering a sinister sounding vocal over heavy sounding guitars, the song might be heavy but it does have a nice funk edge to it as well. On the Track "I'm Alright" Crane summons his inner Bon Scott towards the middle of the song as the band deliver an AC/DC-esque breakdown, it shows that Crane has always had an underappreciated vocal delivery.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Music.Man SDS on June 4, 2012
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UKJ have always been sarcastic and fun. They poke fun at the image of metal. Underneath it all are some true players. Stairway to Hell is a devilsh reintroduction the band. Is it their best work? No, that honor still belongs to America's Least Wanted. This ep ROCKS anyway. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By death666 on July 23, 2012
Was a little skeptical at first because a lot of the 80's bands are still stuck with there 80's sound mentality. But ugly kid joe's new album doesn't sound anything like they did in the 80's and I have to give them props for changing it up a little. I would highly recommend giving this album a listen to..
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Zacherau on July 22, 2012
Just curious as to why their is no CD available.I'm just a bit old school and like to have something to hold onto and read the credits and the like.
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By PJK on May 13, 2014
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I liked Ugly Kid Joe back in the day, but this CD is AWESOME. At one time, I had listened to it so long consecutively that I put it away in a drawer just to give it a break. This band is so versatile with an edgy sound. It's by go to CD. I recommend it to all rockers and anyone enjoying great music.
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By Scott Meier on December 21, 2013
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not quite like the old UKJ that rocked but still worth owning. Love the album artwork. More to Come? Hopeful.
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By Tony on December 11, 2013
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I love this album !! I wish UKJ would comeback from across the pond and come to Chicago for a rock show !!
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Ugly Kid Joe was a band that, once they broke up, I never expected to see 'em come back. But, they are back and, judging from the contents of this EP, are in fine form! I put off getting this EP until the physical copy was available. I don't regret it, but I do wish I'd listened to some of it beyond the "Devil's Paradise" music video. Cuz, this thing is a beast! The six new songs are all quality. If I hadn't already seen the video for "Devil's Paradise", I would almost swear that someone had somehow resurrected the spirit of Bon Scott!! No joke, it's kinda eerie! What follows are some of the best rock songs I've heard in a while. Much better than what gets played on most rock radio these days! It's very easy to play this disc all the way through and then play it again! The six new jams + two acoustic renditions of past greats + an unlisted acoustic version of one of the new songs, is what this EP is made of.

If you're into UKJ, or ever were, you'd be doing yourself a solid by checking this new stuff out, no lie. Personally, I always felt that UKJ got a little bit of a raw deal during the 90's. What with being considered a one hit wonder, even though they had other hits. I guess those don't count if they aren't quite as big as your biggest hit?? And then being unfairly lumped into the whole hair band thing... UKJ hardly looked the part! Plus, their band name was making fun of an actual hair band, Pretty Boy Floyd. Anyway, check this out or don't. It's your call!!! \m/
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