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Artist: Ugly Kid Joe

Title: Motel California

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Ugly Kid Joe Motel California Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1996

Label: Castle

Catalog Number: Castle 127-2


Whitefield Crane vocals
Dave Fortman guitar
Klaus Eichstadt guitar
Cordell Crockett bass
Shannon Larkin drums


1.  It's A lie  2:59
2.  Dialogue  2:25
3.  Sandwich  2:44
4.  Rage Against The Answering Machine  1:38
5.  Would You Like To Be There  3:16
6.  Little Red Man  4:00
7.  Bicycle Wheels  1:59
8.  Father  3:29
9.  Undertow  4:29
10.  Shine  2:49
11.  Strange  4:20
12.  12 Cents  4:54
Total Running Time:  39:02

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Existing comments about this CD

From: T-BONE Date: August 11, 2001 at 10:25
What happened here? UKJ was on a great track and their train derailed. Poor cd. maybe 1 good song here.

From: -ha- Date: August 13, 2001 at 15:55
I tried to understand this stuff, but it won't went. I don't understand them. Well, I think they music had went to a deeply simple direction. Ugly Kid Joe has artisticially died since this record. Life is hard. Rest in peace forever.

From: Chris Date: October 10, 2001 at 13:02
This is a patchy CD but 2 tracks stand out as excellent IMHO..IE " "Would you like to be there" & "Undertow". At the sort of price this CD fetches it is worth buying for those alone.

From: koogles Date: January 1, 2002 at 16:57
For some reason, I like this CD. Maybe because my expectations of UKJ have always been low to begin with. "It's A Lie" is a fiercesome piece of modern rock and I'm convinced it comes from a real place. "Would You Like To Be There" is as melodic a song as UKJ will ever write. It shows a sensitivity that I didn't think they were capable of. I don't think this is any great masterpiece, but I don't think it's a sellout like Warrant's "Belly to Belly" or Dokken's mid-90s attempts at alt rock.

From: Darren Date: March 10, 2002 at 12:34
Fuckin awsome album of both fast hard rock and mellow chilled out acoustic tracks. Killer melodies and great guitar work without a bad song on the album 10/10 buy this album now!

From: Gar Date: October 10, 2003 at 11:54
They changed their style with each release, so I really wasn't expecting "Everything About You part 2". However I wasn't expecting such a drastic switch to heavy alternative rock either. This is kind of along the same lines as Dangerous Toys' "Rtist 4merly Known" cd. Its not all that bad of an album, but its too far removed from their previous releases for me to get into it.

From: CC Date: December 3, 2003 at 10:50
This is in my opinion the best album released by UKJ. I cant understand why people are saying its alternative,its hard rock with some funk thrown in for good measure.The trademark UKJ humour is still evedident on tracks like Sandwich & Bicycle wheels with the heavyness of Menace still floating round on other tracks. Yes Warrant,Danger Danger,Wildside,Sven Gali & Dangerous Toys all tried alternative,but this album is not that!

From: Metal Pete Date: February 5, 2004 at 18:58
I like 'Would you like to be there' and 'Bicylce Wheels' off this, but overall it was a big letdown after the fantastic 'Menace...' album. It's not terrible, it is creative, but I hoped for more hooks I guess.

From: bbbisser Date: January 23, 2005 at 12:37
very very excelent LP songs like sandwitch, its a lie and b.wheels are great, it sa one of my favorite UKJ LP ever.Sad this band doeasnt exist anymore, But I still think tha they are great and historical band

From: hair metal again Date: May 4, 2012 at 4:45
ok release by UKJ back in 96 and i d say that they chose a darker sound &vibe which didnt fit them!there are no feelgood tunes anymore and the songs arent so catchy!if you get over that ,this is a good release ,with fine musicianship and well performed songs!"it s alie","would you like to be there" and "little red man" the highlights!

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