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Ugly Kid Joe - Everything About You

Ugly Kid Joe described themselves at the time as "A bunch of stupid-ass, cheesy idiots from Santa Barbara." They embraced their ugly side in their music and their artwork, with a logo that looks like it came from the Garbage Pail Kids. Their live shows got the attention of Polygram Records, which was hot and heavy to sign authentic acts with a grunge sound. With the big-label backing, the group released a debut EP, As Ugly as They Wanna Be, in 1991, which contained the first version of "Everything About You." Polygram's investment paid off, and the EP eventually sold over a million copies. "Everything About You" was released as a single and became a surprise international hit, filling a niche for novelty grunge. A new version of the song was included on the band's first full-length album, As Ugly As They Wanna Be, in 1992.

This sourpuss anthem was written by Ugly Kid Joe lead singer Whitfield Crane and guitarist Klaus Eichstadt. The song was inspired by their friend Farrell T. Smith, who they grew up with in Palo Alto, California. In our interview with Crane, he explained: "Farrell is a very cynical man and he's very good at it. He's not mean-spirited by any means, but he can sure pick apart any situation. And he always had that charm about him." Smith later became a captain in the Woodside, California fire department.


I hate the rain and sunny weather And I, I hate the beach and mountains too (And) I don't like a thing about the city, no, no And I, I, I, hate the countryside too! And I, hate everything about you! Everything about you! And I don't like a thing about your mother And I, I hate your daddy's guts too And I don't like a thing about your sister, no, no 'Cause I, I, I think sex is overrated too And I get sick when I'm around, I can't stand to be around I hate everything about you! Everything about you, everything about you, everything about you! Some say I've got a bad attitude But that don't change the way I feel about you And if you think this might be bringing me down Look again 'cause I ain't wearing no frown! Get down! Well, I don't really care about your sister Forget the little bitch, 'cause I already kissed her One thing that I did to your lady I put her on the bed and she didn't say maybe I know you know everybody knows The way it comes, the way it's gonna go You think it's sad Well that's too bad 'Cause I'm havin' A ball hatin' Every little thing about you! ha-ha! Everything about you, everything about I get sick when I'm around I can't stand to be around I hate everything about... YOU!


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